The Mighty Sports relied on a strong start to build an early huge lead that served as cushion to stave off Supremo Lex Builders, 75-68, in the PCBL Chairman’s Cup Friday at the Marikina Sports Complex.
Proving they are the yardstick of the league, the hot-shooting Mighty Sports erected an 18-point lead in the first half and put on the finishing touches in the endgame to score their 2nd win in a row.
“We had 3 weeks of preparation, so yung last couple of days namin, nabubuo na yung ensayo and everybody is there. (So if I’m) expecting na ganito yung result na on top kami lagi, hindi,” said Mighty Sports coach Mike Fermin.
Despite leading as much as 26 points in the 3rd, the Mighty Sports needed to survive Supremo’s late-game rally that trimmed their lead to 5, before sealing the win.
Former JRU forward John Lopez energized the Mighty squad with 16 points in an efficient 88% shooting while also grabbing 8 rebounds.
Nigerian big man Bright Akhuetie and Mac Montilla played supporting role, combining for 26 points while former 2-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena struggled in the field but was able to chip in 9 markers for Mighty.
Aside from their 2 collegiate stars, Mighty also featured ex-Rain or Shine guard TY Tang, who made a triumphant debut in basketball after retiring in the pros.
“Siya yung nagbobond sa amin, he was talking during the huddle, nakikita natin yung presence niya kahit wala sa loob ng court,” described Fermin on Tang’s role in the team.
With the current mix of stars and veterans on their fold, Fermin is confident of their chances in the tournament.
“As long as we stay healthy, as long as we stay complete and makapractice ng kumpleto, maganda ang chances namin,” said the former Adamson Soaring Falcons head coach.
Off the bench, EAC import Amado Laminou put up a double-double output of 25 points and 14 rebound while Rocky Acidre contributed 16 on a losing effort.
Although managing to outscore Mighty in the second half, Supremo did not have enough firepower down the stretch to steal the victory as they absorbed their 1st loss. – By Jason Mercene
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