PH-Mighty Sports rallies past Chinese Taipei for rousing start in 38th Jones Cup
Former Air21 import Zach Graham sparked PH-Mighty Sports comeback from 16 points down to beat Chinese Taipei in the opener of the 38th William Jones Cup.

TAIPEI - Imports Zach Graham and Dewarick Spencer delivered crucial baskets down the stretch to tow the Philippines-Mighty Sports to a hard-earned 89-81 win over host Chinese Taipei A Sunday night in the 38th William Jones Cup at the Sinjhuang Gymnasium here.

Graham, a former import of Air 21, and Spencer, a high-scoring guard in the Korean Basketball League, hit crucial three-pointers apiece to keep the rallying Taiwanese at bay and steer the Philippines-Mighty Sports to the win.

Spencer led the way for the winning team with 26 points.

It was a tough win for the heavily-reinforced Philippine side, which charged back from a 16-point deficit in the first period against the host squad.

The Philippines had a slow start and found themselves trailing by as many as 16 points (26-10) as only Troy Gillenwater was able to carry the load in the early goings for the visitors.

But once Spencer and Graham were inserted into the game, the Philippines-Mighty Sports finally got its game going.

Behind their reinforcements, the team outscored the Taiwanese, 26-10, in the second period to turn things around.   


The scores

Mighty Sports (89) – Spencer 27, Gillenwater 19, N’Diaye 13, Graham 12, Singletary 7, Thornton 5, Maclin 6, Brickman 0, Teng 0, Salvacion 0, Avenido 0.

Taiwan-A (81) – Liu 25, Chou 21, Davis 11, Yang 11, Chen 5, Lee 2, Chou 1, Creighton 0.

Quarterscores: 13-27; 40-37; 65-50; 89-81.

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