Mighty Sports-Go For Gold Philippines overpowered Taiwan-A, 97-74, and captured the William Jones Cup championship with still one playing date left Saturday at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Behind the inside forays of former PBA import Renaldo Balkman and Eugene Phelps and the sniping of McKenzie Moore and Roosevelt Adams, Mighty-GFG started strong, taking an early 24-14 advantage which they gallantly protected to win convincingly for the sixth time in seven games.
With a 7-0 record, the country’s representative to the annual club tournament is already certain of winning its second title in four years.
The Mighty-GFG players were battling the second team of the host country but no matter what happens, they are already assured of the championship.
Even if they drop their last game, the Mighty-GFG players can still bring home the championship by virtue of the winner over the other rule.
South Korea, which is fine-tuning for the World Cup in September in China, is the only the only team which can tie Mighty-GFG having a 6-1 mark.
But the Charles Tiu-mentored squad had beaten the Koreans, 89-82, on Tuesday.
Mighty is hoping to duplicate its 8-0 feat three years ago.
All 12 players fielded by Tiu scored two points with Balkman leading the team with 21 while Phelps once again dominated the paint to add 17 points.
Adams chipped in 13, Moore had 10 while Jeremiah Gray, Mikey Williams and Joseph Yeo combined for 22 points in another well-balanced attack.
Mighty-GFG’s title win was the sixth for the country, tying the famed NCC-PH squad of coach Ron Jacobs.