MIGHTY Sports-Go for Gold Philippines blew past Indonesia, 94-66, to move onto the threshold of winning the William Jones Cup for the second time on Friday at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
After cruising through the second quarter, Mighty-GFG went for the kill in the third quarter to build a commanding 71-43 advantage.
The Indons tried every trick they knew but they were simply no match to a team with five very good imports and a former PBA star enjoying vintage moments.
In his best game so far, veteran Joseph Yeo finished with 14 points after making his first three field goals, including back-to-back triples, for the team backed by HealthCube.
Even Aaron Black, son of multi-titled Meralco coach Norman Black, enhanced his resume for the PBA Rookie Draft this year by burying back-to-back triples on the way to eight points.
Despite limited minutes, Eugene Phelps and Renaldo Balkman paced the Charles Tiu-mentored Mighty-GFG with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
With its 6th straight win in as many matches, Mighty-GFG needs only to beat host Taiwan-A tonight to regain the title it won in its initial foray in the annual tournament three years ago.
The best team after the single-round robin elims will be declared champion.
“That’s the moment we are waiting for, we need to win that for the country,” said Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking.
Sporting a 4-1 mark, the Taiwanese were playing against the 2-4 Jordanians while the South Koreans (4-1) were battling the Japanese (4-1) at presstime.
MIGHTY SPORTS 94 — Phelps 19, Balkman 17, Yeo 14, Moore 8, Black 8, Gray 7, Williams 6, Ndiaye 6, Wongchuking 5, Banal 4, Adams 0, Brickman 0.
INDONESIA 66 — Kokodiputra 21, Muhammad 11, Gemilang 7, Sanjaya 7, Joni 6, Hartanto 4, Wijaya 2, Wicaksono 2, Putra Teja 2, Priasmoro 2, Hadran Noor 2, Hidayat 0.
Quarters: 27-13; 45-30; 71-48; 94-66.