NEW TAIPEI CITY – Mighty Sports Apparels showed it is more than just about imports.
Retired Rain or Shine player Ty Tang and Fil-American Jason Brickman proved that on Monday, helped Mighty Sports clobber South Korea, 86-65, and tie defending champion Iran for the lead in the 38th William Jones Cup at the Xinzhuang Gym.
Given the time to shine, the 5-foot-7 Tang did not disappoint as he brilliantlly quarterbacked the team’s second-quarter assault that enabled Mighty to pull away for good.
His only only basket for the night gave the team backed by Scratch It Pera-Pera Agad-Agad! and Symarom its first sizable lead at 36-21 late in the second half on the way to their second straight win in the nine-team tournament.
The 5-foot-9 Brickman was also impressive, scoring five points, including a triple, and grabbing seen boards in almost 30 minutes of action.
“We got quality minutes from Ty,” said Mighty coach Bo Perasol. “We are now much better than what we were a week ago. We have now a chemistry but we need to improve it.”
However, the biggest star of the night was still ex-PBA import Al Thornton.
True to his promise to come up with a better performance this time, Thornton erupted for 24 points highlight by two triples – the last one helping dash Korea’s comeback after it got within 65-58 halfway through the payoff period.
He was held to five points in the team’s 89-81 win over the Taiwanese last Sunday.
Former PBA import Zach Graham and Dewarick Spencer ably supported Thornton by chipping in 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Meantime, Iran went to rising star Yakhchali Behnam once again to beat Sacramento State University, 70-59.
Japan improved to 2-1 after downing Egypt, 71-66.
PH-Mighty Sports 86 – Thornton 24, Graham 13, Spencer 12, Macklin 9, Gillenwater 9, Singletary 7,Brickman 5, N’Diaye 4, Tang 3, Avenido 0, Teng 0.
South Korea 65 – Heo I. 11, Kim J.11, Lee 11, Heo U. 10, Byun 9, Kim S. 4, Kim J. Y. 4,Heo H. 3, Kang 2, Choi Ju. 0, Choi Ji. 0, Lee J. 0.
Quarters: 22-18, 44-31,59-45, 86-65.