MIGHTY Sports Apparels-Philippines launches its bid for back-to-back titles in a game against the Samsung Thunders in the Merlion Cup on Wednesday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
The team has a pair of explosive imports and a naturalized Filipino ready to provide stability but whether they can play as a team will be known when they collide with the two-time Korean Basketball League champions at 8:30 p.m.
Out to provide firepower for the Charles Tiu-mentored Mighty Sports are reigning Jones Cup MVP Dewarick Spencer and former PBA import Al Thornton – the same import who scored 69 points for NLEX in a game against San Miguel Beer in the PBA.
“There’s no room for error. The challenge is to the find the right combinations,” said Tiu.
The team is also not lacking in homegrown talents.
Taking a break from his NBA workouts with the Texas Legends, a team from the NBA Developmental League, Kiefer Ravena will be arriving in the Lion City in time for their match with the Korean team.
Out to provide additional firepower for the team backed by HC Technology Pte. Ltd., Huishi International Group Co. Ltd., Cebuana Lhuillier and Scratch It, are PBA player Joseph Yeo of Globalport and ex-National University star Gelo Alolino.
Beefing up the team is Hamady N’diaye, the 6-foot-11 Sengalese who was also a member of the Jones Cup-winning team.The team left for Singapore on Tuesday.
Despite their star-studded cast, Tiu is not taking the opposition lightly, saying: “The competition is a bit tougher because teams also have imports. But with a good pool of imports plus local players, I think we got a good chance of winning another championship.”
“Hopefully we get a chance to win the championship again,” said Tiu.