NCAA: Grind-out style of defense fueling JRU’s win streak

JRU coach Louie Gonzalez.

JRU coach Louie Gonzalez. Tristan Tamayo’s photo /

MANILA, Philippines — Jose Rizal University head coach Louie Gonzalez has found his preferred brand of defense is working wonders for the Heavy Bomber.

As physically overwhelming, the Heavy Bomber would stick to the hard-nosed basketball to move forward, especially since it propelled the JRU to three straight wins.

“This is what we’ve been working on throughout, this is our game brand, play with effort. Physically yes but my duty to them is not to let the kick overturn,” Gonzalez said after 67-64 win over Mapua on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Heavy Bombers fouled 25 team-mates, including three technical fouls in the second half but Gonzalez made it clear he knows the line between rough play and clean play.

“We know the line between clean fouls and no fouls. Every inch, I always challenge them to work. We will have a big problem if the opponent can still go through,” he said.

JRU counted six teammate steals and only three teammate blocks but it limited Mapua to just 26.7 percent from the field or 20-for-75 shots taken.

Heavy bombers also locked down the Cardinals from the worm, forcing them to only make three of the 28 attempts.

For the top tactician, the fatigue of opponents with saves is what will continue to help your team win with a score of 3-2.

“Come Q4, my challenge to my team has always been, can they carry on with us”

JRU will face San Beda, the team that currently holds the 2-2 record, on Tuesday.

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