7 p.m. -- EAC vs. Air Force
8:30 p.m. -- FEU-NRMF vs. Macway
FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and Macway Travel Club, two teams expected to figure prominently in the title race, take on each other today in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the Trinity University gym in Quezon City.
FEU-NRMF, a star-studded team built to win the title in only its first appearance in the league, and Macway, a veteran-laden squad noted for its winning tradition, square off starting at 8:30 p.m.
The Nino Reyes-managed FEU-NRMF will be bannered by 6-4 Fil-Canadian sensation Clay Crellin, ex-PBA players Arnold Gamboa, Egay Billones, Eric Rodriguez, Al Vergara and Roider Cabrera and Edwin Asoro, Joseph Gabayni, Dexter Zamora, Milan Varga and 6-6 Cameroonian Moustapha Arafat.
The Fairview, Quezon City-based Tamaraws swept their first three assignments against Wang’s Ballclub, New San Jose Builders and Janfy Pioneers-Secret Spices.
Macway, which is seeking its second straight title with coach Daniel Martinez and owner Erick Kirong at the helm, will be led by ex-pros Bonbon Custodio, Larry Rodriguez and Nino Marquez and Pol Santiago, Mark Fampulme, Jack Corpuz, Jemal Viscarra, Jeff Sanders, Floyd Dedicatoria and Jimmy Brown.
Macway is 2-1.
NCAA member Emilio Aguinaldo College and AFP Little Olympics champion Philippine Air Force make their debuts during the 7 p.m. curtainraiser.
Handled by coach Ariel Sison and assistant coach Bong Melocoton, the Generals will parade Alex Aguas, Renz Gonzales, Argel Natividad, Jethro Mendoza, Edlor Cayabo, Neil Aderes, Jeric Diego, Cedric Umali, Haspee Altiche, Nelson Mendoza, Jerom Garcia, Allan Martin, Edric Estacio, Juju Bautista and Robert Rosales.
To be known as the Jet Force, PAF will be handled by Philippine Air Force commanding general Lt. Gen. Edgar R. Fallorina, manager Col. Elpidio Talja and coach Sgt. Alvin Zuniga.
Leading Air Force are Paulino Fernandez, Rolando Pascual, Wilfredo Casulla, Rama Krishna Morales, Darwin Cordero, Raniel Jake Diwa, Roger Malig-On, Jerry Lumongsod, Reymark Pinto, Ranimark Tano, Ryan Tongio, Jay Dizon, Perfecto De Torres, Joseph Baronda, Melmar Bitong, Ramil Isla, Norberto Bandong, Marlon Noo, Carl Valdevilla and Elmer Cuasay.
MBL chairman Alex Wang said the top two teams after the single-round elimination will advance to the semis outright with twice-to-beat advantages.