6:15 p.m. Wang's Ballclub vs Air Force
7:45 p.m. -- EAC vs Jamfy
FOUR teams hope to shake off a 10-day rust and boost their respective chances in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the EAC Sports Center in Malate, Manila.
Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks its third straight win when it takes on Jamfy-Pioneers-Secret Spices in the second game at 7:45 p.m.
Philippine Air Force and Wang's Ballclub square off in the curtain raiser at 6:15 p.m.
The Generals swept their first two matches, beating Air Force, 74-70, and New San Jose Builders, 93-82, to launch their title campaign in the tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear and Gerry’s Grill.
Juju Bautista, Rustan Bugarin, Jethro Mendoza, Jeanu Gano and Jerome Garcia will lead the campaign for the Generals, who are hoping to make it to the semis for the second straight time.
Bautista scored 31 points in his first two games to emerge as the leading scorer for the Generals, who are being handled by coach Bong Melocoton in the absence of head coach Ariel Sison.
Bugarin was the top scorer with 21 points in the Generals' win over the Builders.
But Jamfy will be a tough opponent.
Jamfy is coming off a smashing 101-88 upset win over defending champion Macway Travel Club behind the superb performances of James Castro, Mel Mabigat and ex-Red Bull star Warren Ybanez.
Castro, who played for Cagayan Riding Suns in the PBA D-League and Polytechnic University of the Philippines in the SCUAA, exploded with 33 points in Jamfy's victory over Macway.
Mabigat added 23 and Ybanez contributed 13, including back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute that cut short Macway's rally.
Air Force is also gunning for a fitting follow-up to its dramatic 84-82 shocker over erstwhile unbeaten FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation behind Rama Krishna Morales' buzzer-beating triple last Oct.19.
The upset win by Air Force evened its record to 1-1 under interim coach Jimmy Andaya.
Backing up Morales are Paulino Rebollos, Darwin Cordero, Raniel Jake Diwa, Ranimark Tano, Francis Regalado and Jerry Lumongsod.
Wang’s dropped its first two games against FEU-NRNF and Macway but bounced back to beat NSJBI.
The Pablo Lucas-mentored Wang's will be bannered by John Tayongtong, Rey Publico, Mark Montuano and Macky Acosta.
MBL Chairman Alex Wang said the top two teams after the single-round elimination will advance to the semis outright.