Basketball: Coach Charles Tiu says Mighty’s sweep of Dubai tilt unexpected

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2020 11:41 PM

After sweeping the tournament and winning the title, Mighty Sports head coach Charles Tiu said things just "fell into place" for the newly crowned Dubai International Basketball Tournament champions. Handout

After sweeping the tournament and winning the title, Mighty Sports head coach Charles Tiu said things just "fell into place" for the newly crowned Dubai International Basketball Tournament champions. Handout

Mighty Sports Philippines head coach Charles Tiu envisioned the team winning the Dubai International Basketball Tournament title, but he didn’t imagine sweeping the 7-game tournament.

“To be honest, no. Our goal is to win the championship, no doubt about that, but in the first team practices and in the first game it didn’t look too good for us,” said Tiu during the team’s thanksgiving party in Makati on Thursday night.

Led by Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player Andray Blatche and ex PBA import Renaldo Balkman, Mighty Sports went all the way to dethroning Al Riyadi Lebanon to become the first non-Middle Eastern club to win the Dubai crown.

“Mabuti na lang everything fell into place, the players started jelling together as a team, so we were able to accomplish our game. I didn’t think we would sweep it, but we’re happy we we’re able to sweep and get the championship,” said Tiu.

Aside from Blatche and Balkman, Mighty Sports squad was made up of veterans Beau Belga, Joseph Yeo, Gab Banal, Jelan Kendrick and McKenzie Moore, and promising youngsters Thirdy Ravena, Dave Ildefonso, Jamie Malonzo, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, Isaac Go, Jarerel Lim, Joaqui Manuel, and Mikey Williams.
 
When asked if they will be keeping the same group for the William Jones, Cup, Tiu said it will be up to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the sport’s national governing body, if they will send them to the tournament.

“For us any time, if we’re asked to represent the country, we will be down for it, form the best team as much as possible. I don’t know if we can keep these guys as some of them already represent the Philippines in Gilas. I feel in the perfect world we’d love to keep these guys in a perfect world,” Tiu said.

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