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Born ready: Pontejos taking charge for streaking Heavy Bombers



With a big goal in mind this season, it was only a matter of time before spitfire guard Paolo Pontejos of Jose Rizal University would take charge for his team.

And with the squad’s backs against the ropes, Pontejos carried his team to a six-game winning streak to clinch at least a playoff for the Final Four.

One game at a time talaga kami e. Mahirap talaga lalo na (including) Letran and Perpetual. Naka-survive kami sa dalawang malakas pero bale wala yung mga yun kung ipapatalo namin ang last two games namin,” Pontejos, who scored 23 points in the Heavy Bombers’ 91-69 trashing of San Sebastian, said.

Pontejos is averaging 17.3 points in the last six games, all wins by the Heavy Bombers which gave them a 12-6 card in the team standings.

More than the scoring, it was his propensity to hit big shots and baskets that mattered for JRU.

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Born ready: Pontejos taking charge for streaking Heavy Bombers    “Yung time ni Paolo darating. Siguro ito na yun. Medyo nag-struggle siya sa first round ng season pero ito na siya. When Tey (Teodoro) struggles, he steps up,” head coach Vergel Meneses talked about his third year point guard.

“Sabi ko sa kanila every game we have to be ready. Every game is a knockout game,” he added.

Pontejos added he is only taking advantage of the opportunity as Meneses’ premier scoring option, and he is not wasting the go signal given to him.

“Pina-practice naman namin ang mga ginagawa namin. And binibigyan naman talaga kami ng go signal to shoot lalo na kaming mga veterans,” he said.

“As individuals, after practice nag-eextra work kami. And siguro ngayon stay healthy kami para kumpleto kami sa playoffs.”

In the playoffs, Pontejos targets being in the Final Four and eventually, the finals. While he is the one carrying the team right now, he believes he won’t be alone in that task.

“Malaki tiwala ko sa team namin.”