TEY Teodoro had 20 of his season-best 25 points in the second half to lift Jose Rizal University past Lyceum, 75-60, on Friday in the NCAA Season 91 seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Teodoro’s second half explosion saw him poured in 16 points in the final period as he led the Heavy Bombers in improving to a 3-2 win-loss slate.
It was a breakout game JRU head coach Vergel Meneses has been waiting for Teodoro, who only averaged 8.5 points entering the game.
“Yung energy niya has always been there. Finally, siguro ‘eto na ‘yung hinihintay niya,” said Meneses.
Teodoro scored all 15 of his points in consecutive fashion as he singlehandedly kept JRU afloat in the payoff period by stretching a slim 57-51 lead into a 73-60 advantage.
Joseph Gabayni had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates, who lost for the second consecutive time for a 1-4 win-loss slate.
The Heavy Bombers actually raced to a 21-10 lead at the end of the first period, but couldn’t put the Pirates away and settled for a 37-29 edge at the half.
The closest the Pirates got was at 52-47 in the fourth period before Teodoro took over.
JRU (75) - Teodoro 25, Pontejos 10, Dela Virgen 9, Poutouochi 5, Astilla 5, Estrella 5, Cruz 4, Dela Paz 3, Lasquety 2, Abdul Wahab 2, Balagtas 2, Grospe 2, Sanchez 0.
LPU (60) - Gabayni 15, Nguidjol 13, Alanes 10, Mbida 7, Baltazar 4, Lugo 4, Taladua 3, Soliman 2, Ayaay 2, Malabanan 0, Marata 0, Lacastesantos 0, Bulawan 0.
Quarterscores: 21-10; 37-29; 50-40; 75-60.