NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan – New champion Mighty Sports Apparels moved closer to a sweep of the 38th William Jones Cup by downing Egypt, 80-61, Saturday at the Xinzhuang gym here.
The taller and heftier Egyptians came out prepared for the Mighty Sports dribblers but the experience of NBA veterans Al Thornton and Senegalese Hamady N’Diaye and the hot-shooting of former University of the Philippine star Edrick Ferrer proved too much to contain.
Assured of the title following an 80-73 win over Iran last Friday, the team backed by Scratch it and Symarom can complete an 8-game sweep of the championship if it beats Taiwan-B on Sunday.
Protecting a slim 56-53 lead early in the payoff period, Mighty Sports came through with a flurry of baskets to turn a close contest into another breezy win.
As the seven-foot N’Diaye wrought havoc inside, Thornton, Spencer and Ferrer shattered Egypt’s defense time and again with their long bombs.
Thornton led the team for the third straight time as he finished in double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The 6-foot-4 Spencer, on the other hand, put on another solid all-around game with 19 markers, three boards, two steals and one assist.
N’Diaye was also dominant, posting eight rebounds, seven points and four blocks as Mighty Sports came to within a game of duplicating Iran’s sweep in 2013.
Ferrer was perfect from the rainbow territory, going 3-for-3 for 9 points.
“It’s amazing having Filipino guys knocking down treys in a row. It’s amazing and we’re all proud of him stepping up out there,” said N’Diaye of Ferrer.
Meantime, Iran snapped a three-game losing run with a 73-65 win over Japan to improve to a 4-3 mark.
At press time, Iran and Korea were tied at third place behind Mighty Sports (7-0) and Chinese Taipei A (4-2).
Mighty Sports 80 – Thornton 20, Spencer 19, Singletary 11, Ferrer 9, Brickman 8, N’Diaye 7, Macklin 6, Teng 0, Rodriguez 0, Salvacion 0.
Egypt 61 – Abdelhalim 24, Tawfik 11, Khalifa 8, Aboushousha 8, Nasar 4, Baraka 2, Elmekawi 2, Abdallah 2, Elsanadi 0, Mohamed 0.
Quarters: 19-15, 35-28, 52-47, 80-61.
1 p.m. – India vs Iran
3 p.m. – Japan vs Sacramento State
5 p.m. – Taipei B vs Mighty Sports
7 p.m. – Taipei A vs Korea