MACWAY Travel Club opens its bid for back-to-back titles when it meets unpredictable New San Jose Builders at the start of the 2016 MBL Open basketball championship tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 10) at the Rizal Coliseum.
PBA legends E.J. eihl, Bonbon Custodio and Nino Marquez and veterans Pol Santiago, Anthony Cuevas, Mark Fampulme and Erwin Sta. Maria will banner Macway, which bagged its first MBL title only last May.
The team will be handled by former Macway mainstays Daniel Martinez, who wil make his debut as MBL coach, and Rey Alao, who will now serve as team manager.
Coach Manny Mendoza will now serve as team consultant.
“We’re confident of making it two in a row in the MBL. The players are in good physical condition since playing in our own BBL-Macway Cup last July," said businessman-sportsman Erick Kirong.
A staunch basketball supporter, Kirong and Macway have already won 16 titles in various commercial leagues around the country since its formation in 2013.
“Although we're still new, Macway has already built a good winning tradition mainly due to the hard work of the players and the coaching staff,” added Kirong.
He also attributed the success to the strong sense of camaraderie among the players.
Also in the Macway roster are formr MBL MVP Jemal Vizcarra, Harold Sta. Cruz, Kevin Espinosa, Dan Natividad, Alvin Vitug, Jordan Melaño, Totot Mangaran, Teng Reyes, Andeas Cahilig, Joggy Laude and Mark Lagrimas.
Last May 28, Macway brought down former NCAA champion Philippine Christian University, 89-83, to capture its first-ever championship.
Also expected to participate in the tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear and PRC Couriers are Wang’s Ballclub (Alex Wang/Pablo Lucas), New San Jose Builders (Jerry Acuzar/Rainier Carpio ), V Hotel- UST B (Jaime Lim/Boy Sablan), Sea Lions (Donna Alvaran/Jemuel Laron) and Jamfy Pioner-Secret Spices (Macky Villarta).
NSJBI will be bannered by Jayson Grimaldo, Nikko Lao, Lucky Boy Palogan, JP Baliday, Darry Aurelio,Josh Nicholas, Aeron Decanom, Kevin Sumay, Jon Acuzar, Jeff Acuzar, Etong Acuzar, JP Cruz, RR Telles, Allen de la Cruz, Jerc Baylen and playing manager Jomar Acuzar.
Recently, NSJBI won the MPG Cup held in Greenhills basketball court.
For inquiries, call Albert Andaya at c ell. 0917-7688638.