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Macway, Wang’s triumph

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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DEFENDING  champion Macway Travel Club  and  Wang’s Ballclub pulled off  similar hard-earned victories to  boost their chances in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the EAC Sport Center in Manila.

Former PBA mainstays Bonbon  Custodio, Jeff  Sanders and Larry Rodriguez  took matters into their own hands as Macway rallied to beat Philippine Air Force, 100-94, and climb to 3-2 overall.

John Tayongtong scored all but one of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to power Wang’s Ballclub to a come-from-behind 102-98 win over erstwhile unbeaten Emilio Aguinaldo College.

Custodio, who played for San Miguel Beer and three other teams in  five seasons in the  PBA from 2008-13, used his experience to score 23 points for Macway in the closely-fought encounter that saw several ties and lead changes in the fourth quarter.
Sanders, who  had a  brief  stint with Ginebra in 2003, added 16 points  while Rodriguez, who saw action  for Rain or Shine,  contributed 13 points for  Macway of coach Daniel Martinez and  consultant Braulio Lim.
American Mike Harry also finished with 16 points for Macway, which  snapped a two-game losing skid in the seven-team tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear and Gerry’s Grill.
Rama Krishna  Morales  carried the  fight for Air Force  with 19 points, followed by Darwin Cordero with 17, Paulino Rebollos with 13 and Jake Diwa with 12.
Wang’s Ballclub rode on the hot hands of former National University standout Cedric Labing-Isa and  ex-Mapua star Mark Brana to deal EAC its first loss in four games.
But  it  was the 5-11 Tayongtong, a former EAC player himself, who delivered the  dagger  against his former team.
Jerome Garcia  led the Ariel Sison-mentored Generals with 25 points, including 20 in the second half.
The scores
First game
Wang’s (102) --Labing-Isa 18, Brana 16, Tayongtong 14, Gomez 13, Lasco 12, Publico 11, Acosta 8, Sanga 5, Banal 3, King 2, Juruena 0.
EAC (98) --Garcia 25, Bautista 19, J.Mendoza 19, Diego 10, Bugarin 7, N.Mendoza 5, Altiche 5, Estacio 4, Gonzales 4, Natividad 0.
Quarterscores:  20-23, 44-46, 70-79, 102-98.
Second game
Macway (100) --Custodio 23, Sanders 16, Harry 16, Rodriguez 13, Marquez 8,  Fampulme 7, Dedicatoria 6,  Natividad 4, Santiago 3,  Sta Cruz 2, Laude 2, Mangaran 0, Reyes 0, Espinosa 0.
Air Force (94) --Morales 19, Cordero 17, Rebollos 13, Diwa 12, Ollano 8, Lumongsod 7, Tano 6, Casulla 6,  Malig-On 4, Almerol 2, Regalado 0.
Quarterscores: 29-27, 50-58, 75-72, 100-94.