Mighty Sports sweeps Jones Cup in dominant fashion

NEW TAIPEI CITY — Mighty Sports Apparels showed no mercy against Taiwan-B as it romped to a 104-80 victory that capped the Philippine representative’s successful campaign in the 38th William Jones Cup with an eight-game sweep of the championship at the Xinzhuang gym here.

With its local players enjoying extended minutes, Mighty Sports dominated the Taiwanese squad that will compete in the World Universiade.

The title win gave the Philippines its fifth title, tied for second most with Iran, ended the tourney with an average winning margin of 17.4 points.

“It’s a great honor for the club. We’d never thought we would have this opportunity to represent the country. We’re a small club team, and it’s a great honor to represent and win for the country,” said Mighty assistant coach Charles Tiu.

Backed by Scratch It and Symarom, Mighty is eyeing another international title in late-September when it joins the Merlion Cup in Singapore, aside from exploring possible options of joining the PBA D-League or the ASEAN Basketball League.

“We’re first joining the Merlion Cup in Singapore in September. Then we’ll take a look at our options. We also have an offer to join the ABL (Asean Basketball League),” said Tiu, who will be tasked to coach the team in the Singapore tourney.

“We’re bringing in only three imports in the Merlion Cup to give our local players more exposure,” Tiu added.

Fil-American guard Jason Brickman, Sunday Salvacion, Leo Avenido, Larry Rodriguez, TY Tang, and Jeric Teng, given extensive minutes due to the injuries of Zach Graham and Troy Gillenwater, played vital roles early as Mighty built a big lead that proved too much for Taiwan-B.

“We wanted to try our locals as much as we could. They stepped up tonight. They had 10 points combined as we opened a 30-16 lead at the end of the first quarter,” said Tiu.

Dewarick Spencer, a strong candidate for the Mythical Five and MVP awards, finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and two assists for Mighty Sports.

The Scores:

MIGHTY SPORTS 104 – Spencer 27, Singletary 21, Thornton 13, N’Diaye 12, Macklin 10, Brickman 8, Salvacion 6, Avenido 5, Rodriguez 2, Teng 0, Tang 0, Ferrer 0.

Taiwan-B 80 – Chien 18, Florveus 16, Lin 9, Wu 7, Lin PW 5, Huang 4, Yang 4, Lin 4, Lee 2, Chien 0, Sie 0, Chou 0.
Quarters: 30-16, 54-33, 87-61, 104-80.