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FEU-NRMF, Wang’s in big game

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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Game today:

(Aquinas gym)

7 p.m. -- FEU-NRMF vs. Wang’s Ballclub

TWO more teams -- Far Eastern University-NRMF and Wang’s Ballclub -- make their debuts today in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the Aquinas gym in San Juan.

Odds are about even  in the 7 p.m. encounter between FEU-NRMF, a team built around former PBA stars and collegiate standouts, and Wang’s Ballclub, a team composed of fast-rising stars honed in various commercial leagues.
All eyes will be on former PBA Rookie of the Year Marlou Aquino and several other PBA legends raring to return to the  hardcourt and give it one more try in this tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread,  Dickies Underwear and Gerry’s Grill.
The  6-9 Aquino, who is best remembered as one of the league’s  most dominant big men from 1996 to 2011, will banner a star-studded team  that also include  ex-PBA players Arnold Gamboa, Egay Billones,  Francis Adriano,  Al Vergara and Eric Rodriguez and Cray Crellin, Edwin Asoro, Dexter Zamora and Guy Essono.
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.
FEU-NRMF, however,  will get an early big test against Wang’s Ballclub.
Handled by MBL chairman Alex Wang and coach Pablo Lucas, Wang’s  Ballclub is topbilled by  veteran Mar Reyes, brothers John and Jeff Montemayor, Rey Publico, Mark  Montuano, Cedric Labingisa, Macky Acosta, Billy Afable and Jason Perez.
The  Mandaluyong-based team  earned a lot of  respect with  its strong showings in both the PBA Developmental League and the FilSports Basketball Association.
The  Wang’s Ballclub-supported AMA University Titans of coach Mark Herrera and assistant coaches  Benjie Diswe  and Bobby Andaya  also finished a strong runner-up to Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill in the 2015 MBL Open.
Last Sept. 10, 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 campaign in May 2016.
Santiago scattered 15 points while Custodio and Marquez contributed 11 points for Macway, which is now being handled  by  player-turned-coach Daniel Martinez..
Anthony Sulit is the commissioner.