Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu said there’s no doubt the entry of former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena and GlobalPort gunner Joseph Yeo will bolster the team, as the Philippine representative shoot for no less than the championship in the Merlion Cup in Singapore next week.
“Kiefer is a great scorer and playmaker who can certainly help us in a lot of ways even if we already have our imports,” Tiu told FOX Sports on Thursday.
Even the entry of the 6-foot-1 Yeo will give Mighty Sports more scoring options, other than just relying on American reinforcements Al Thornton and 2016 William Jones Cup MVP Dewarick Spencer.
Tiu’s main concern though is how Ravena and Yeo can quickly blend with the team.
The soft-spoken Mighty Sports coach explained that Ravena is still in the United States to try out with the NBA D-League team Texas Legends and the NBA squad Dallas Mavericks.
“We expect Kiefer to arrive maybe a day before the tournament,” said Tiu.
But he expects Yeo to join the team by Friday since GlobalPort already had its farewell game for the PBA’s 2016 season that ended in the Batang Pier’s 139-126 win over Blackwater.
Condition-wise, Yeo is in great shape, especially after closing out the Governors Cup with 37 points, one shy of his PBA career-high he established in 2008.
“Scoring probably we won’t have any problem but what we still lack is size since other than Hamady (N’Diyae) and Marcus Douthit, wala na kami masyadong malaki,” he said.
Mighty Sports kicks off its campaign in the six-nation tournament against the Seoul Samsung Thunders from the Korean Basketball League on September 21, before facing the KL Dragons the next day. – Richard Dy
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