Mighty Sports Conquered 2016 William Jones Cup

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.

Mighty Sports Team Took Home Silver Medal From 2016 Merlion Cup

After Mighty Sports won the title from the William Jones Cup on July 2016, corporation chief operating officer (COO), Caesar Wongchuking made sure the team has enough rest and preparation to play at the 2016 Merlion Cup hosted in Singapore.

Mighty Sports was invited to be the Philippine representative for the revived Merlion Cup Tournament. Six teams from Asia participated in the 2016 Merlion Cup including Singapore Slingers, Seoul Samsung Thunders, Westports Malaysia Dragons, Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor from Taiwan, Shanghai Sharks from China and Mighty Sports from the Philippines.

2016 Merlion Cup is the 10th edition of the Merlion Cup organized by the Basketball Association of Singapore, which marks the return of the tournament held 2 decades ago. It was held at the OCBC Arena, Kallang Singapore from September 21 to 25.

On the first day of the tournament for groups, Mighty Sports first dealt with the Seoul Samsung Thunders from Korea. The Philippine team didn’t win the first set but still was able to win the game with 87-92 total scores of Seoul Samsung Thunders and Mighty Sports respectively. The second, third, and fourth set were for Mighty Sports with scores of 17-23, 20-22, and 22-26.

On September 23, Mighty Sports was back in action against the Westports Malaysia Dragons. From first to fourth game set, Mighty Sports took the lead with a total score of 105-87.

For the semifinals on the 24th and 25th of September, Mighty Sports win the game against Singapore Slingers giving 72-70 total score with Dewarick Spencer 31 points. After winning from the Slingers, Mighty Sports faced the Shanghai Sharks which made the Philippine team suffered from a heartbreaking 78-77 loss to the Sharks in the final as Jimmy Fredette hit three free throws with no time left.

 

Fredette who was a former NBA player, called out foul by Alfred Thornton while attempting to do a three-point shot which failed Mighty Sports for the additional title after winning from Jones Cup in Taiwan last July.

2016 Merlion cup top three are Shanghai Sharks got the gold medal and first place, Mighty Sports for second place with a silver medal, and Seoul Samsung Thunders with a bronze medal on third place.

“We stuck to our game plan and it was working for us. It all boiled down to breaks. The Sharks deserved the win,” Mighty Sports head coach Charles Tiu said.

COO Caesar Wongchuking proudly said that not bringing home the gold means failure. According to Wongchuking, the team has successfully brought glory to the country by winning the Jones Cup and finishing second in the Merlion Cup. Mighty Sports organization thanked PBA, Rain or Shine and GlobalPort for their support to Mighty Sports on the game.

“We thank the PBA, and Messrs. Terry Que and Raymund Yu of Rain or Shine, and Rep. Mikee Romero of GlobalPort for their generosity and understanding in allowing Joseph Yeo of the Batang Pier to play in the 2016 Merlion Cup and the Elasto Painters for allowing Jeric Teng to play in the 2016 William Jones Cup,” Caesar Wongchuking said.

“Their commitment to Philippine basketball helped us bring glory to the country by winning the Jones Cup and finishing second in the Merlion Cup,” Wongchuking added.

Mighty Sports Second Republika Cup

Mighty Sports is the basketball team currently playing in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League based in the Philippines managed by Mighty Corporation chief operating officer (COO), Caesar Wongchuking.

Republika Cup is an invitational basketball tournament in Malolos Bulacan as part of the commemoration of the Malolos Convention. The game was sponsored by the Ateneo Falcons men’s basketball team and the Bulacan State University Golden Gear’s basketball team in the Filsports Basketball Association, and the Philippine Dragon Boat Team.

The tournament is part of the annual celebration of Festival of History, Culture, Arts and Heritage celebration of Malolos which is also known as the Fiesta Republic.

Mighty Sports started playing in minor basketball leagues such as Republika Cup. In 2014, the team took home the bacon for the second time over Malolos Republica garnering a close score of 86-84.

The game was led by former PBA player, Kenneth Duremdes with former PBA player Nino Marquez for six points before timeout. Marlou Aquino also came up with 20 points who is also a former PBA star and currently assisting Duremdes at Adamson UAAP.

The game was very closed between Mighty Sports and The Republics, especially during fourth quarter where The Republics carried the momentum with the hotshots Allan Mangahas and Jonathan Fernandez cut the lead to seven going into the final period. With a five-point lead on a 16-4 run in the final minutes of the game, Mighty Sports still made its final push.

Caesar Wongchuking also looks forward to a bigger game for the team after winning and taking home the bacon- Republika Cup title for the second time around. “Sometimes for a team to have a good season needs a little magic. Once you give your players a winning streak that will affect their thinking in such a way that can help them win more difficult matches later” he added.

Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories Joined PCBL

Caesar Angelo Wongchuking, team representative of Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories led the big step of Mighty Sports from joining the fledgling league set of Philippine Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) last March 2016.

“We felt that it is time to join the bigger league because of our passion for basketball,” said Wongchuking.

PCBL is a commercial amateur basketball tournament in the Philippines that supports the development and programs for future Filipino basketball players, inspired from the MICAA and the Philippine Basketball League (PBL). The PCBL does not compete with the existing semi-professional leagues that also supports the Philippine basketball, including Filsports Basketball Association (FBA), PBA D-League and planned Countrywide Basketball League (CWBL).

Mighty Sports has started playing from smaller basketball tournaments and has been supporting teams such as Adamson in the UAAP and the Bulacan State University squad in the Filsports Basketball Association. Caesar Wongchuking believes that it’s the right time for the team to carry their own brand to PCBL. “More of passion lang (joining basketball leagues). We also want marketing reach para naman may mapuntahan ‘yung passion namin sa basketball,” he said.

Ravena, a 2016 PBA draft prospect, together with Ty Tang, who came out of retirement in the Philippine Basketball Association, and import Bright Akhuetie are some of the players who retained in the team’s lineup for the Champion’s Cup.

Mighty Sports also appointed Bo Perasol as team consultant, Mike Fermin as head coach and Charles Tiu as assistant coach of the team, which is one of the two new teams that competed in the 2016 PCBL Chairman’s Cup, alongside SCTEX Road Warriors.

Despite Mighty Sports team joined PCBL, Wongchuking said Mighty Sports has no plans to join the PBA yet. “It’s not in our plans. It’s too expensive for us. Amateur, okay na. We felt that joining in the amateur league will give us more mileage,” said Wongchuking.