MIGHTY Sports' final four hopes in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament came crashing down after receiving a 100-93 beating at the hands Homenetmen on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
Mighty suffered its fourth loss in as many games and bowed out of contention for the playoffs in the annual gulf ball fest with just two games remaining in the tournament for the Philippine side.
Not even throwback performances from Willie Miller and Gary David in the second half were enough to save Mighty Sports as the Beirut-based club opened the fourth with an 11-0 to open an 81-63 lead with just a little under eight minutes left in the game.
Former NBA player Mike Taylor conspired with the ageless Fadi El-Khatib as they improved to 2-2 for the tournament.
David, alongside prolific import Justin Brownlee, managed to slowly pull the Philippines back in the game but they could only get to within five, with Homenetmen's early fourth quarter romp proving to be enough of a buffer for the Lebanese side.
Mighty had its chance, the biggest opportunity coming with less than a minute to go after El Khatib fouled David while taking a three, and got a technical soon after for complaining.
David drained all four foul shots to trim the lead to five, 96-91, but they turned the ball over on the next possession as they kissed their hopes for a playoff spot goodbye.
Taylor finished with 29 points off the bench for Homenetmen who had four other players scoring in double digits.
Brownlee once again led Mighty with 20 markers while David and Miller added 19 and 17, respectively