DUBAI – Mighty Sports warms up for the knockout stages of the Dubai International Championship as it tangles with Al Wahda Club on Tuesday night in its last game of the group phase at the Shabab Al Ahli Club.
Already assured of a quarterfinal spot after winning its first two games before adding another victory for an undefeated start to the invitational pocket tournament, the Philippine representative takes on a Syria-based team bannered by a former NBA player in Jordan Adams.
The 6-foot-5 wingman out of UCLA was the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft and played two years with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Malakas din yung Syria eh. I watched them earlier today. They’re actually solid. Their import is another ex-NBA dude,” Mighty coach Charles Tiu said after his team’s 96-89 win over Homenetmen late Sunday night. “They have a lot of sets. They’re like this Lebanese team that’s really a veteran team.”
“We can’t say just because we beat this very good Lebanese team that we’re gonna steamroll this Syrian team,” he added. “If we lose that game, sayang lang pinaghirapan namin in this game, so we have to respect them and play as good as we did today.”
Coming off a dayoff that saw the squad go on a quick tour around the gulf city that’s home to thousands of OFWs, a rejuvenated Mighty squad goes for a sweep of the group stage in preparation for the Round of 8.
There, the Philippine club could face the Jordan national team featuring longtime internationalist Ziad Abbas.