Fil-foreigners Crellin, Gravengard lead unbeaten FEU-NRMF to emphatic win over Wang's
Glenn Gravengard scored 15 points in FEU-NRMF's win over Wang's.

DEFENDING champion FEU-NRMF-Gerry's Grill leaned on the explosive duo of Clay Crellin and Glenn Gravengard to turn 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 honors 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.

Veteran Erwin Sta. Maria also came up big with 10 points, all in the fourth quarter, for FEU-NRMF.

Ex-PBA player 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's 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.

Wang's, which won over Emilio Aguinaldo College, 82-81, last April 8, dropped to 1-1.

Meanwhile, two more teams - newly-crowned UNTV Season 5 champion Philippine National Police and former NCAA  titlist  Philippine Christian University - will make their debut on Saturday.

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 - Asia Tech (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.

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