Douthit says Mighty chemistry, talent can make up for short buildup for Merlion Cup
The Mighty Sports Apparels Philippines team get together in a send-off dinner ahead of the 2016 Merlion Cup in Singapore. Shown are (front row, from left) team consultant Bo Perasol, co-team manager Jean Alabanza, head coach Charles Tiu, assistant coach Joel Gingerich, playing assistant coach TY Tang, assistant coach Nico Ocampo, Edrick Ferrer, Ervin dela Cruz, Matthew Wright, Joseph Yeo, Gabriel Banal, Jason Brickman, Jason Deutchman, Raphael Banal, Gelo Alolino, and Alford Thornton; (rear, from left) Frank Golla, Hamady N’Dyiaye, Marcus Douthit, and Antwain Spencer.

MARCUS Douthit is amazed at how Mighty Sports is jelling well in such a short period of time as the Merlion Cup draws near.

Mighty Sports will come into the Singapore tournament with little preparation as a complete unit as Douthit only arrived in the country last week to join the Philippine-based squad for the September 21-26 tournament.

Still, Douthit said he is impressed with how the team has bonded for the five-day competition.

“It’s crazy how short the time that we got together but I felt that we have been together for a month,” said Douthit.

After being naturalized for his stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Douthit will join the local crew of Mighty along with Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright, Jason Brickman, Gelo Alolino, Gab Banal, and Ael Banal, and current and former PBA cagers Joseph Yeo and TY Tang.

Douthit also believes in the good mix of Mighty imports in Dewarick Spencer, Al Thornton, and Hamady N’Diaye, who are all part of the team’s title conquest in the Jones Cup.

“They are really good. I played against two of them, playing in the PBA,” Douthit said, referring to Thornton and N’Diaye. “Spencer has a great track record. I watched them in the Jones Cup and it’s pretty impressive.”

“All the guys are unselfish and they have great attitudes. We all want to win,” he added.

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Though the team may have a different kind of preparation compared to the Gilas squads, Douthit said Mighty definitely has the talent and the attitude to make a respectable title bid in the Merlion Cup.

“It’s a different kind of preparation. With Gilas, we have time. This team, we don’t have too much time but we have a whole lot of talent. All the guys understand basketball. The coaches understand how everyone plays. And even though we haven’t played pick-up games, the last few days of practices, we have all jelled together,” said Douthit. 

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