FAR Eastern University-NRMF is the newest top team to join in the 2016 MBL Open basketball championship.
To be led by several ex-PBA players and collegiate standouts, FEU-NRMF will be gunning for its first-ever title in the 17-year league.
Expected to lead the Fairview, Quezon City-based team are Arnold Gamboa, Egay Billones, Kiko Adriano, Al Vergara and Eric Rodriguez and Clay Crellin, Edwin Asoro, Dexter Zamora, Guy Esono and Baracuda Arafat.
Gamboa played eight years for Sta. Lucia, San Miguel and Purefoods; Billones suited up for eight seasons with Purefoods, Talk N Text and Air21; Adriano saw action for seven years with Sta.Lucia, San Miguel and Red Bull; Vergara played four seasons for Purefoods, Barako Bull and Globalport; and Rodriguez played three seasons for Air21, Meralco and Ginebra.
The team is fully supported by FEU-NRMF administrator Nino Reyes.
FEU-NRMF is a world-class academic and training institution providing excellent health care services.
A non-stock, non-profit educational foundation, FEU-NRMF established a modern medical school and hospital last. Dec. 22, 1996 with no les than NRMF chairman and former FEU president Dr. Josephine S. Cojuangco-Reyes presiding over the ground-breaking ceremony.
To date, FEU-IM ranks third overall with the highest passing averages among medical schools.
Last Saturday, defending champion Macway Travel Club brought down New San Jose Builders, 90-74, to launch its bid for back-to-back title on a high note.
Former Lyceum standout Pol Santiago, ex-PBA mainstays Bonbon Custodio and Nino Marquez, Jemal Vizcarra and Mark Fampulme provided the firepower for Macway, which is seeking a fitting follow-up to its title conquest in May 2016.
Santiago scattered 15 points while Custodio and Marquez contributed 11 points for the Daniel Martinez-mentored Macway in the tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, PTC Couriers, Dickies Underwear and Gerry’s Grill.
Nikko Lao, a 6-3 standout from Manuel Luis Quezon University, and Lucky Boy Palogan led the way for NSJBI with 17 points
MBL is headed by businessman-sportsman Alex Wang of Wang’s Ballclub.
Anthony Sulit is the commissioner.
For inquiries about the MBL, call/text Albert Andaya at 0917-7688638.