NEW TAIPEI CITY – Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels boosted its title bid by hurdling another major obstacle with relative ease for the second straight night.
Fil-Am Jason Brickman anchored another furious second quarter assault as Mighty Sports clobbered Sacramento State University, 88-69, in the 38th William Jones Cup at the Xinzhuang Stadium.
Four players, led by the sweet-shooting Dewarick Spencer and former PBA import Vernion Macklin, scored in double figures but the night simply belonged to Brickman.
Aside from orchestrating the team’s offense with razor-sharp precision, the 5-foot-9 Brickman was perfect from the field as he made all his three field goals – two triples and a completed three-point play – as Mighty Sports remained tied for the lead with defending champion Iran at 3-0.
The ABL veteran also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
“We were slacking off on offense in the first quarter but good thing we found our range late in the second quarter,” said Mighty coach Bo Perasol. “We have good and talented players but we need to preserve our energy because this tournament is a daily thing.”
Mighty Sports took sizable 49-33 lead against the US NCAA Division II school after unleashing a fiery 17-2 attack that Brickman capped with a booming triple.
They were never threatened after that as Spencer, Al Thornton and Mike Singletary made big baskets each time the Hornets threatened to make a comeback.
The Hornet outrebounded the Mighty Sports dribblers, 46-40, but their shooting was awful after making only 30 of 83 attempts from the field.
Though it made only 25 of 63 attempts, Mighty Sports’ dominant inside plays gave them 31 gift shots.
In sharp contrast, the Hornet had only five charities.
Thanks to Arghavan Rouzbeh’s timely explosion, Iran outlasted Egypt, 74-65. Rouzbeh scattered 24 points on an impressive 9-of-12 shooting from the field spiked by two three-pointers.
The loss was Egypt’s third straight since shocking Korea, 74-73, in the opener.
The Koreans notched their second straight win with a 97-55 demolition of India.
Host Taiwan continued to recover from an 89-82 beating at the hands of the Mighty Sports dribblers last Sunday by outlasting India, 76-70, late Monday night.
Mighty Sports 88 – Spencer 14, Macklin 14, Singletary 12, Thornton 12, Brickman 9, Graham 8, Gillenwater 7, N’Diaye 6, Salvacion 3, Rodriguez 3, Teng 0, Tang 0.
Sacramento State 69 – Dressler 16, We 13, Stuteville 8, Ugbaja 8, Graves 6, Hornsby 4, Herrick 4, Mauriohooho-Le’afa 2, Patton 0, Strings 0, Jackson 0.
Quarters: 23-23, 54-35, 69-50, 88-69.