Jose Rizal University ( JRU ) doused a late Emilio Aguinaldo College rally to carve out an 85-79 victory in NCAA Season 89 action Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
Marco Balagtas scored 14 points, three rebounds and two assists to lead for JRU, which answered every EAC attempt to come back in the game.
After a 21-all tie after the first quarter, the Heavy Bombers started the second quarter with an 8-0 run which helped them get a 37-27 advantage.
But the Generals countered that with a 7-0 run to close the second period just behind by three, 37-34.
JRU built another 10-point lead in the third period, 47-37. However, EAC kept on fighting and trimmed its deficit to two, 58-56, after a Jolas Paguia triple before the Heavy Bombers closed the quarter with a 63-59 edge.
Balagtas then caught fire for JRU, sinking two triples in the Heavy Bombers’ 12-4 run to grab a commanding 75-63 lead which they stretched to 14, 83-69, with 3:37 left in the game.
But EAC didn’t surrender right away, launching a 10-0 run capped by an Igee King triple to close within four, 83-79, with eight seconds left.
However, JRU won the jumpball on the next play and Paolo Pontejos made two free throws to settle the final score.
JRU improved to a 3-2 win-loss record to take the fourth spot in the team standings.
EAC suffered its second straight loss to remain at ninth place with a 1-4 card.