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FEU downs Wang’s

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Saturday:

(EAC Sports Center)

6 p.m. --  FEU-NRMF vs. EAC

7:30 p.m. -- PCU vs. PNP

DEFENDING champion FEU-NRMF-Gerry’s Grill leaned on the explosive duo of Clay Crellin and Glenn  Gravengard to roll back Wang’s Ballclub-Asia Tech, 80-67, for  its  second  straight win in the 2017 MBL Open basketball championship  at the Aquinas gym in San Juan.

Crellin, the 6-4 Filipino-Canadian sensation who  earned MVP honor last year, scored 15 points on a wide array of shots despite Wang’s double-teaming defense.
And Gravengard,  a 6-1 Fil-German trying to make a name in local basketball, added 13 points  in another solid effort for the Fairview,  Quezon City- based Tamaraws of coach Pido Jarencio and manager Nino Reyes.
Veteran  Erwin Sta. Maria also came up big with 10 points, all in the fourth quarter, to help FEU-NRMF keep Wang’s at bay.
Ex-PBA star Jerwin Gaco,  former Lyceum  standout Dexter Zamora and import Moustapha Arafat also played well for the Tamaraws, who outscored the Couriers, 27-17, in the payoff period.
The win  was a fitting follow-up for FEU-NRMF, which debuted with a smashing 89-57 triumph over Victoria Sports-MLQU last April 8.
PBA D-League veteran Mark Montuano carried the  fight  for the Pablo Lucas-mentored Wang's with  26 points, including four triples.
Michael Juico added  16 points, John Tayongtong contributed eight and Rey Publico had six in Wang’s  losing  effort in the  tournament supported by Smart  Sports, Ironcon  Builders, Dickies Underwear,  Star Bread and Gerry's Grill.
Wang’s, which won over NCAA member  Emilio Aguinaldo College, 82-81, last April 8, dropped to 1-1 win-loss.
Meanwhile,  two  more teams -- newly-crowned   UNTV Season 5 champion  Philippine National Police and former NCAA  titlist  Philippine   Christian University-- will make  their debut  at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The  PNP Responders will be handled by Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) head Gen. Gilberto  Cruz and Col. Jerome   Balbontin  and coach  Eric  Samson, while the PCU Dolphins will be headed  by  PCU president Dr. Junifen Gauuan, ISPEAC head Dr. Putli Martha Ijiran, coach  Elvis Tolentino  and  consultant  Loreto  “Ato” Tolentino.
In the 6 p.m. curtainraiser, FEU and  EAC  clash in  a  rematch of  last  year’s winner-take-all  title showdown.
The scores:
FEU-NRMF (80)  --  Crellin 15, Gravengard 13,  Zamora 11, Sta.Maria 10, Gaco 9, Arafat 6, A. Santos 4, Diwa 4, Asoro 4, C.Santos 2,  Doligon 2, Gumabay 0.
Wang’s Ballclub -AsiaTech (67) -- Montuano 26, Juico 16, Tayongtong 8, Publico 6, J. Lucas 4, L.Lucas 4, Enriquez 2, Salcedo 1, Rellores 0, Tallarin 0, Cudal 0.
Quarterscores: 19-13, 38-29, 53-50, 80-67.