Bombers storm into Final Eight
By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star
Jose Rizal became the second NCAA squad to make the quarterfinals and West Negros College the next provincial team to be booted out in the opening round of the 2007 Fil-Oil/Flying-V National Collegiate Champions League.
The Heavy Bombers played well even in the absence of three key players, bundling out the WNC Mustangs, 83-61, in a lone game at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium Tuesday.
The Bombers bucked the absence of injured players John Wilson, John Eric Agas and Rene Cunanan as they surged past the Mustangs to earn a quarterfinal spot either against the Ateneo Eagles or the San Sebastian Stags.
The Eagles and the Stags clash at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Loyola Gym, preceding the 2 p.m. showdown between the University of the East Warriors and the NAASCU champion team STI.
Other quarterfinalists are NCAA champion San Beda and UAAP teams Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U. JRU easily joined NCAA Final Four conqueror San Beda in the Final Eight, detonating big bombs against West Negros right in the first half.
Big men James Sena and Jason Nocom led the searing JRU assault as they combined for 40 points and 19 rebounds.
JRU hardly missed the services of Wilson, Agas and Cunanan as Mark Pradas, Mark Cagoco and Marvis Hayes stepped up for the team.
Pradas had 13 points with six rebounds, Mark Cagoco added 10, five rebounds and five assists, and Marvis Hayes collected eight and 14 rebounds.
Vanguardia bared he got valuable tips from Emilio Aguinaldo College coach Nomar Isla how to beat the Bacolod-based WNC team. The EAC Generals played the WNC Mustangs in the recent University Games.