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Macway outguns EAC

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Game tomorrow:

(EAC gym)

1: 30 p.m. -- FEU -NRMF vs. EAC

DEFENDING champion Macway Travel Club brought down upset-conscious Emilio Aguinaldo College, 92-81, to  gain atleast a tie for one of two outright semis berths in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the EAC Sports Center in Manila.

Macway used two decisive scoring runs bridging the third and fourth quarters to finish off EAC and clinch its fourth win in six matches in the seven-team tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear and Gerry's Grill.
   
American Mike Harry,  Dan Natividad  and ex-PBA  stars Bonbon Custodio and Larry Rodriguez provided  the  firepower for Macway, which is seeking its second straight title  under consultant  Braulio Lim,  coach Daniel Martinez  and owners Erick and Cathy Kirong
   
Harry finished with 22 points, most of them from the shaded area while being guarded by EAC's promising big man Rustan Bugarin.
   
Natividad added 14 points,  Custodio contributed 13 and  Rodriguez  had 10 for Macway, which led .44-38 at halftime.
   
Bugarin and Jerome Garcia  carried the scoring cudgels for the Ariel Sison-mentored Generals with 18 points apiece.
   
Jeanu Gano added 11 points for the Generals, who lost two  games in a row after sweeping their first three assignments.
   
Juju Baustista, who averaged 16 points a game in EAC's three victories against Air Force, San Jose Builders and Jamfy-Secret Spices,  was held to only seven points.
   
Actually, Macway dictated the tempo of the game and took several  double-digit leads behind the inside games of  Harry, Custodio and Jeff Sanders and the outside shooting of  Natividad and Pol Santiago.
   
But  EAC, which is using the tournament as part of its build-up,  kept the  game interesting  behind its never-say-die  attitude.
   
In the second game, Philippine  Air Force won by forfeiture over Jamfy to improve  to 3-2 in a tie with EAC.
   
Handled  by  coach Alvin Zuniga and  supported by  PAFCG Lt.Gen. Edgar Fallorina, Col. Elpidio Talja and LTC Nestor Etis, the Jet Force need only to win  their final assignment against San Jose Builders to earn a tie. 
   
Tournament format  is single-round elimination with the top two teams advancing to the semis  outright with twice-to-beat advantages.
   
The No. 3 team and  the   No. 6 team  and the No. 4  team  and No. 5 team will dispute the remaining two semis berths  in a pair of   knockout matches.
   
The championship is a winner-take-all encounter.
   
The scores:
   
First game
   
Macway (92) -- Harry 22, Natividad 14, Custodio 13, Rodriguez 10, Santiago 8, Sanders 7, Espinosa 6, Marquez 3, Sta. Cruz 3, Mangaran 3, Laude 3, Reyes 0.
   
EAC (81) -- Garcia 18, Bugarin 18, Gano 11, Bautista 7, Martin 5, Aguas 5, Altiche 4, Estacio 4, Diego 4, Mendoza 3, Gonzales 2, Umali 0,  Natividad 0.
    
Quarterscores:  28-16, 44-39, 71-53, 92-81.
    
Second game
   
Philippine  Air Force won by forfeiture  over Jamfy.