DEFENDING champion Macway Travel Club and Wang’s Ballclub clash anew for the remaining semis berth in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the EAC Sports Center in Ermita, Manila.
The winner of the 7 p.m. encounter between two teams with contracting credentials will earn the right to meet elimination round topnotcher Emilio Aguinaldo College in the semis of this seven-team, three-month long tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear and Gerry’s Grill.
The other semis will pit pre-tournament favorite FEU-Nicanor Reyes MedicalFoundation against Philippine Air Force.
EAC and FEU-NRMF enjoy twice-to-beat advantages in the semis for finishing 1-2 in the elimination phase.
Macway finished with a 4-2 win-loss record, while Wang’s Ballclub wound up with 3-3 slate.
Macway defeated Wang’s Ballclub, 88-79, in their elimination round encounter at the Rizal Coliseum last Oct. 1.
Leading Macway’s campaign are ex-PBA stars Bonbon Custodio, Larry Rodriguez, Jeff Sanders, Nino Marquez and E.J. Feihl, Mark Fampulme, Floyd Dedicatoria, Pol Santiago, Harold Sta Cruz, Jiggy Laude, Totot Mangaran and Teng Reyes and imports Mike Harry and Jimmy Brown.
Macway, which is seeking its second straight MBL title, is being handled by coach Daniel Martinez, consultant Braulio Lim and managers Erick and Cathy Kirong.
Wang’s Ballclub will be bannered by John Tayongtong, Cedric Labing-Isa, Rey Publico, Jonathan Banal, Mark Acosta, Mark Brana, Eric King, Paul Sanga, Mark Montuano, Jacob Lucas, Abu Dadjilul, Mark Gomez and Mario Reyes.
Leading the team are manager Alex Wang and coach Pablo Lucas.