Early frontrunners in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are San Beda, San Sebastian and Letran. Even with consecutive semifinal
appearances, José Rizal University has been relegated to the rest of the pack having the odds stacked against them coming into the 88th NCAA season. ”Hindi kami ganon kalakas kumpara last season.“, Coach Vergel Maneses mentioned in one of his interviews during the Fil-Oil Fiyng V Cup. Meneses and the Heavy Bombers have always been quick to downplay their chances but truth be told, experts and fans alike know that JRU puts together an explosive run every year.
This is what makes Heavy Bombers’ Basketball entertaining to watch. It’s the anticipation that this team, as its name suggests, is due to go-off at any moment. The players play hard every time they’re on the floor. Without a bona fide superstar, they focus on team play and playing within Coach Meneses’ system to get the W.
Having won their last title in 1972, the Heavy Bombers have this year’s championship at the crosshairs. These Mandaluyong-based cagers expect to hit the opposition when they least expect it, firmly believing that every team in the tourney is beatable. A line-up of scrappy veterans led by sharp-shooting Nathaniel “Deto-NATE” Matute, talented rookies, and a determined coaching staff makes for a highly volatile combination set to blow away the competition.