Mighty Sports PH suffers heartbreaking loss to Shanghai Sharks in Merlion Cup final
MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports Philippines suffered a heartbreaker after the Shanghai Sharks escaped with a 78-77 victory in the final to become champions of the Merlion Cup on Sunday, September 25, in Singapore.
The pro team representing the Philippines was dealt a blow reminiscent of what Gilas Pilipinas guard Paul Lee did to China two years ago in the FIBA Asia Cup bronze medal match.
Jimmer Fredette drained 3 clutch free throws with no time left on the clock after he was fouled taking a triple in the final possession, with Shanghai down 75-77.
Mighty Sports led by double digits in the fourth before Shanghai rallied back and tied the game at 73. But guard Kiefer Ravena buried a corner trey plus the bonus to establish a 77-73 advantage with over 3 minutes to go.
The import-laced Mighty Sports failed to score from that point on.
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