From minor leagues to Philippines Commercial Basketball League (PCBL), and finally to William Jones Cup last July 23-21 2016. Mighty Sports have won and taken home the bacon from the 8 participating national basketball teams.
The 2016 William Jones Cup was the 38th staging of William Jones Cup, an international basketball tournament for both men and women. It was held at the Hsinchuang Gymnasium in Taiwan for 14 days including women’s division. Mighty Sports represented the Philippines in replace of the Gilas Cadets who were not able to play for the tournament.
The team started playing at the 2nd day of the tournament on July 24, with the Republic of China Blue. Dewarick Spencer scored 27 points, Hamady N’Diaye and Mike Singletary with 9 rebounds, with Jason Brickman 5 assists. Mighty Sports didn’t win on the first set but was able to draw near the score on the second and third set of the game. Mighty Sports ended the game with a looming score of 89-81.
On the 3rd day of the tournament 25th of July after defeating the Republic of China Blue, Mighty Sports also won against the Republic of Korea (alternate names include Korean National Basketball Team and South Korea). Heo II Young, Kim Jong-Kyu, and Lee Seoung-Hyun scored 11 points, Kang Sang-Jae with 6 rebounds and Heo Hoon with 5 assists which results to Mighty Sports won 3 over 4 set with one draw on the third set. The game ended with scores 86-65 from Mighty Sports and Republic of Korea respectively.
Sacramento State Hornets from California was also defeated by Mighty Sports on the 4th day of the tournament on the 26th of July. Vernon Macklin and Spencer scored 14 points, Singletary with 7 rebounds, and Brickman with 5 assists. On the first, third and fourth set was a tight game from two teams leaving the 2nd set with 31-12 f with a total score of 88-69 for Mighty Sports and Sacramento State Hornets respectively.
On July 27, Day 5 of the tournament, Mighty Sports dealt with Japan national basketball team with close scores of 87-86. With Zach Graham 15 points, N’Diaye 10 rebounds and 5 points-assists from Spence, Mighty Sports was able to win all sets from the game.
On the 6th day of the tournament, Mighty Sports also defeated India national basketball team with 3 winning set and 1 draw. 30 points from Al Thornton, with 10 rebounds and 12 assists from Spencer, leaving India with the total of 81 and 101 for Mighty Sports.
Mighty Sports also defeated the Iranian national basketball team garnering 80-73 respectively. Thornton had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and 5 assists from Spencer.
Day 8 on July 30, Mighty Sports won against Egypt national basketball team with 80-61 respectively with scoring 14-12, 21-16, 17-19, and 28-14. Amr Gendy from Mighty Sports got 24 points and 12 rebounds, with Haytham Kamal and Youssef Shousha’s 3 assists.
A rematch with Chinese national basketball team, Chinese Taipei B also finished by Mighty Sports with scores of 16-30, 17-24, 28-33, 19-17 respectively. Chien You-Che made 18 points, John Florveus with 18 rebounds, and 5 assists from Lee Kai-Yan, leaving with a total game score of 80-104 for Chinese Taipei B and Mighty Sports accordingly.
Mighty Sports won the William Jones Cup with two games leftover, which made their way to the fifth overall championship for the Philippines.