The JRU Heavy Bombers’ Date With Destiny
At Midfield is two years old and this is my first sports post aside from the previous photo montage on the Beijing Olympics.
But this is personal as my elementary and high school alma mater’s varsity team, the Heavy Bombers are gunning for Jose Rizal University’s first NCAA title in 36 very long years.
Even hardy camels would have long dried out.
But all reports are saying the Bombers under coach Ariel Vanguardia are ready as they go up against the defending San Beda Red Lions.
The Bombers have a lot on their shoulders: the hopes of a generation whose last memory of celebratory buntings are of David and Philip Cezar and the lanky Ed Carvajal, who in his time was the tallest Filipino center at 6’6″.
And for the first time ever, the Bombers have been practicing on their on hard-wood basketball court, in their own spanking new gymnasium on Shaw Boulevard in the proud, once sleepy town of Mandaluyong, now a bustling city.
So do us proud Bombers, do us proud. Least of all, dpn’t let down your bevy of champion cheerleaders, who’ve been adjudged the league’s best this year.
In Game One of the best of three title showdown, the Bombers stumbled, losing to the Lions by just 4 points, 68 to 72.
Friday, September 26 is a must win game.
If they lose it’s all over with San Beda annexing their third title in as many years,
Don’t miss your date with destiny, Bombers.
This evening, the Bombers rose to the occasion, winning Game 2 by two points, 62-60, to set up a rubber match on Monday for all the marbles.
The dream is alive.
The JRU Heavy Bombers bombed out yesterday, missing their date with destiny and bowing to the San Beda Red Lions in Game 3 of the NCAA varsity basketball finals, 69-85.
It was a sorry loss for the Bombers which had nailed 8 successive wins en route to the finals.
It may just been that they peaked too soon.
The challenge will be to stay in fighting form and book another licket to the finals next year.