MANILA, Philippines — Jose Rizal University had to compete without Ry Dela Rosa, who suffered a head injury on opening day against Letran, for much of the first round of the men’s basketball tournament in the 99 NCAA season.
When Dela Rosa returned, however, the Heavy Bombers looked more formidable than ever.
JRU notched two wins this week to improve to 8-4, good for the third seed behind Dela Rosa, who won the latest iteration of Collegiate Press Corps Player of the Week.
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The sharp shooter propelled JRU to wins over San Sebastian on Friday and Arellano on Sunday, averaging 10.67 points and 2.0 rebounds in the process.
It was his outing against the Golden Stags, however, where he said he found his rhythm again, finishing with 19 markers built on six made triples.
“To achieve this with certainty, you just have to keep going and work harder. My teammates and my coaches really aren’t pressuring me to come back, and I’m happy that that showed up and I’m just very grateful to be in this position,” Dela Rosa said.
“These guys just know how to stay the course, they know the only way to win is to lean on each other and that’s just our priority, to continue to show the brotherhood that we have.”
Dela Rosa directed Greg Cunanan of the Lyceum, Jade Talampas of Arellano and Migs Oczon of the Faculty of Saint Benilde for the weekly plum presented by the San Miguel Society.