MANILA – Jose Rizal University went steadier down the stretch to defeat pesky Emilio Aguinaldo College in overtime, 74-70, in the 86th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Arena in San Juan Friday night.

The Heavy Bombers survived a near shutout from the Generals after unleashing a full court press during the extended five-minute playing time.

Raycon Kabigting topscored for the Mandaluyong-based squad with 14 points, including perfect charities and a crucial triple in overtime while Alex Almario added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“Nakakafrustrate talaga ang larong ito. I don’t know what’s wrong with them. Habang tumatagal, lalong lumalala,” disappointed mentor Vergel Meneses told reporters.

JRU improved to 5-2 (win-loss) while the EAC shared a place for the sixth spot with Letran at 2-5. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)