Jose Rizal University and Emilio Aguinaldo College clash in the second round of the NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament in hopes of getting back to the win column on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City.

Ry Dela Rosa of Jose Rizal University and JP Maguliano of Emilio Aguinaldo College (NCAA/GMA)

Tipoff is set at 12 p.m. as the Heavy Bombers seek to bounce back from three straight losses while the Generals hope to do the same after also sustaining the same fate.

The double-header concludes with a 3 p.m. encounter between Arellano and San Sebastian.

The Bombers especially need to go back to the drawing board since etching five straight wins in the first round but a series of postponements might have affected their winning momentum heading into the next half of the tournament.

This resulted in JRU, which holds a 5-5- record, falling to fifth place behind current Top 4 contenders in College of St. Benilde, Letran, San Beda, and Lyceum.

Just last Nov. 2, the Bombers absorbed a tough 74-49 loss at the hands of the resurging Mapua Cardinals despite the joint efforts of Jonathan Medina, Marwin Dionisio, and Ry Dela Rosa.

Agem Miranda, John Amores, and Joshua Guiab need to step up this time and provide additional firepower for JRU against a gritty EAC side, which once took down the mighty CSB.

The Generals, who are virtually out of playoff contention, would be needing again the offensive prowess brought by Nat Cosejo while JP Maguliano and Allen Liwag would provide the much-needed force in the paint.

A helping hand in Adrian Balowa and Art Cosa is also pivotal for EAC, which has a 1-12 slate, especially against an equally-eager squad in the Bombers.

Meanwhile in the 3 p.m. encounter, the Chiefs (5-7) and the Stags (4-6) hope to get as many wins as possible to climb into the leaderboard especially now that the Cardinals have joined in the fray among those teams who stand in their way.

Arellano had missed the services of Cade Flores, who is nursing an injury, in its 76-63 loss against San Beda as the likes of Axel Doromal, Wilmar Oftana, and Lars Sunga took charge in his absence.

San Sebastian, for its part, keeps its fingers crossed in hopes of getting back-to-back wins since taking down JRU, 72-68, last Oct. 28. behind the efforts of Rhinwill Yambing, Romel Calahat, and Ian Suico.

Source: Manila Bulletin (