DESPITE a short preparation for the 2019 Jones Cup, Renaldo Balkman believes Mighty Sports has what it takes to contend for a title last won by the Philippine side in 2016.
Mighty Sports coaches Charles Tiu and Rajko Toroman are bracing for a challenging task competing against national teams who are using the Taipei tournament as part of their buildup for the Fiba Basketball World Cup.
Balkman is undaunted.
“Don’t count us out yet,” said Balkman. “I know we haven’t been together for long but these first couple of days, that’s what we are here for, to be together, do what we need to do, and when it is time to start, let’s have fun and ready to roll.”
Balkman said he is determined to win another title after his previous stint with a Philippine team didn’t end well as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas failed to retain its Asean Basketball League (ABL) crown.
“I ended my year kinda disappointed to myself and to my team Alab. But I got another chance right now to redeem myself. Mighty gave me an opportunity to come back here and go win another championship for the Philippines. I love the Philippines,” said Balkman.
Balkman also sees a good mix of imports in the team where he is joined by fellow former PBA imports Eugene Phelps, Hamady N’Diaye, and Zach Graham, and McKenzie Moore.
“Great group of guys. We have a great group of talent,” said Balkman, who added chemistry won’t be a problem having played against Phelps, N’Diaye, and Graham in the past in Puerto Rico.