MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Philippines had a rousing debut in the 41st William Jones Cup as it defeated Iran U23, 98-72, on Friday, July 12.
Former PBA import Eugene Phelps took over with 25 points and 6 rebounds while Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray led the locals side with 16 markers.
Head coach Charles Tiu didn't even need to lean too much on highly touted import Renaldo Balkman, who coasted to a 10-point finish in his Mighty Sports debut.
However, this was a group of grown men beating up Iran's youth team, which only had Vahid Dalirzahan as the lone member of its core national squad.
Jordan, Mighty Sports' next opponent on Saturday, July 13 at 1 pm, has fielded its best players who will likely compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
A win for Mighty here will mean that it really means business as it continues its nine-game undefeated streak since its championship sweep in 2016.
Will the Jordanian national team be too much for the Filipino side or can Mighty prove its worth against one of Asia's best?
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