Souped-up Mighty Sports faces daunting task in Jones Cup debut vs host Taipei
Al Thornton banners an import-loaded Mighty Sports squad in the tough international tournament.

PHILIPPINE representative Mighty Sports Apparels has a tough opener against Taipei on Saturday in the 38th William Jones Cup.

Although they are battling the home squad, Mighty Sports is also hoping to get crowd support from Filipino migrants.

Game is set at 7 p.m.

NBA veteran Al Thornton and fellow former PBA imports Hamady N’Diaye of Senegal and Zach Graham of the US have been tapped to beef up the Mighty Sports squad.

Mighty Sports will face South Korea on Monday, a team from the United States on Tuesday and Japan on Wednesday, a schedule that coach Bo Perasol described as a “killer stretch.”

“The field is one of the toughest in the history of the league so it’s going to be a ‘mission impossible’ for us,” said Mighty Sports team manager Jean Alabanza.

Mighty Sports, backed by Scratch It Pera-Pera Agad-Agad! and Symarom, takes on India on Thursday, before battling defending champion Iran with NBA veteran Hamed Haddadi on Friday, a team from Egypt on Saturday before capping its campaign against Taiwan B.

“That’s going to be a crucial stretch for us because certainly it will set the trend,” added Mighty Sports president John Sy.

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