DEFENDING champion FEU-NRMF-Gerry's Grill and Philippine Christian University fashioned out convincing victories in the 2017 MBL Open basketball tournament at the FEU-NRMF gym in Fairview, Quezon City.
Fil-German Glen Gravengard made his presence felt from the long court and Clay Crellin and Moustapha Arafat asserted themselves in the shaded area as FEU-NRMF outgunned UNTV Cup champion Philippine National Police, 95-73, for its fourth win in five matches.
Gravengard, one of the talented newcomers seeking to land a spot in the coming PBA Draft, hit five three-point shots on the way to a game-high 25 points for the Tamaraws.
Crellin, who earned MVP honors while leading FEU to the title against Emilio Aguinaldo College in last year's MBL Open, added 15 points.
Arafat had 13 points, including several breakaway dunks late in the game and the outcome already settled.
PCU rode on a torrid second-half shooting anchored on Mike Ayonayon and Yves Sazon to frustrate MLQU-Victoria Sports, 76-47, for a 3-1 win-loss record in the tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Starbread, Dickies Underwear, Ironcon Builders and Gerry's Grill.
Ayonayon poured 22 points and Sazon added 18 points for the Dolphins, who bounced back from a disappointing 71-77 loss to Colegio de San Lorenzo-V Hotel last Saturday.
Ayonayon and Sazon combined for 17 of the Dolphins' 24 third-quarter points to turn a close contest into a rout.
Jayson Grimaldo carried the fight for the Stallions with 14 markers.
PCU (76) - Ayonayon 22, Sazon 18, Mescallados 9, Sumalacay 8, Castro 5, Catipay 5, Vasquez 4, Bautista 3, Palattao 2.
MLQU-Victoria Sports (47) - Grimaldo 14, Lao 9, Estrella 7, Rivera 6, Sumay 4, Asturiano 3, De la Cruz 2, Fabila 1, Jamila 1.
Quarterscores: 15-15, 26-24, 50-37, 76-47.
FEU-NRMF-Gerry's Grill (95) -- Gravengard 25, Crellin 15, Arafat 13, Zamora 8, Diwa 8, Manalo 8, Gumabay 8, Raymundo 5, Gonzales 5, Tan 0.
PNP (73) - Abaya 18, Misola 10, Elopre 9, Bayabao 8, Onguran 7, Sagum 6, Raborar 5, Tolentino 4, Dia 2, Sagum 2, Ramirez 2.
Quarterscores: 32-8, 47-29, 65-52, 95-73.