MANILA, Philippines – Mighty-Sports Philippines opened its campaign in the 2016 Merlion Cup with a tightly-fought 92-87 victory over the Seoul Samsung Thunders on Wednesday, September 21, at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
Trailing by double-digits in the first half, Mighty-Sports Philippines rallied and managed to seal the deal down the wire in the fourth period.
The team created separation thanks to a Kiefer Ravena jumper which made the count 84-81. Former PBA imports Al Thornton and Hamady N’Diaye then went on a combined 7-0 spurt to close the curtains on their first win.
Thornton finished with 31 points to lead the Charles Tiu-coached club. Mighty Sports-Philippines will be back in action on Friday against the Westports Malaysia Dragons, who are the reigning champions of the ASEAN Basketball League. – Rappler.com