NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan – Mighty Sports Apparels waxed hot early and never let up in clobbering Japan, 87-66, for its fourth straight win and inched closer to the title as South Korea shocked defending champion Iran, 67-50, in the 38th William Jones Cup on Wednesday at the Xinzhuang gym.
The country’s representative to the annual tournament started in business-like manner as it made six of its first seven tries, including three triples to win pulling away for the third straight time.
Aside from preserving their winning streak, Mighty Sports grabbed the solo lead as a result of Korea’s victory over Iran. Iran slipped to second at 3-1 while Korea improved to 3-2.
However, coach Bo Perasol refused to celebrate, saying they have no reason to relax as they have to take care of business in their next two games to clinch the crown.
“It’s a good news but if we need to win all our games to win the championship, then we have to do it,” said Perasol.
Since racing to a 17-3 lead, the Mighty Sports dribblers were never threatened as they even padded their lead to 50-21 at halftime.
They practically controlled every facet of the game that Perasol managed to field five local players, with four of them delivering four points or more.
Held scoreless in games against Taiwan-A, South Korea and Sacramento State University, Jeric Teng, who was loaned by Rain or Shine to the team, had a triple and one charity in almost 10 minutes of action.
Zach Graham led the team with 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field, including a triple, while Dewarick Spencer and Vernon Macklin chipped 14 and 11 markers, respectively.
Sunday Salvacion led the locals with five points while TY Tang contributed one of the 10 triples converted by the team.
Displaying their brute strength, Mighty Sports dominated the boards, 45-36.
Backed by Scratch It and Symarom, Mighty Sports next battles lightweight India on Thursday.
Mighty Sports 87 – Graham 15, Spencer 14, Macklin 11, Thornton 11, Singletary 9, N’Diaye 8, Salvacion 5, Tang 4, Teng 4, Rodriguez 4, Brickman 2, Avenido 0.
Japan 66 – Nishikawa 15, Shinoyama 14, Mitsuhara 10, Nagayoshi 8, Kumagae 6, Harimoto 5, Endo 5, Fuji 2, Nomoto 1, Togashi 0, Karino 0.
Quarters: 28-12, 50-21, 70-47, 87-65.