MIGHTY Sports Apparel will be bringing only five imports but former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman is convinced that the country’s representative to the annual Jones Cup in Taiwan is capable of regaining the crown it won three years ago.
“The team has almost everything and we’re working very hard to find the right chemistry,” said Mighty's Serbian consultant, who handled the team’s preparation in the absence of head coach Charles Tiu.
Tiu, who arrived last Monday from Greece after serving as one of the assistant coaches of Gilas Pilipinas Youth that saw action in the World Under-19 tournament, echoed Toroman’s sentiments.
“I was not here in the early part of the team’s training but I’m confident the team will do the best it can to regain the Jones Cup crown,” said Tiu.
Mighty, backed by Go For Gold, leaves for Taiwan on Thursday with everybody in the team looking ready and confident.
Also present during a team dinner tendered by Mighty Sports owners Alex and Caesar Wonghuking and Go For Gold big boss Willy Ocier were Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) officials led Al Panlilio and Ryan Gregorio.
Armed with seven imports, Mighty Sports posted a whopping average winning margin of 17.4 points three years ago to mirror the 1981 feat of the Ron Jacobs-mentored Northern Consolidated squad.
Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Angelo Wongchuking are likewise upbeat of the team’s chances, claiming the team is now fully loaded and ready to face perennial rivals Iran, Jordan, Japan and Korea.
Reinforcing the team this time are former NBA player Renaldo Balkman, Zach Graham, Eugene Phelps, Hamady Ndiaye and the sweet-shooting McKenzie Moore.
Jason Gray and Roosevelt Adams, who helped Mighty Sports finish third in the tough Dubai Invitational tournament, will once again suit up for the team along with former PBA star Joseph Yeo, MPBL MVP Gab Banal, former Ateneo player Aaron Black and promising Fil-Am Mikey Williams.