Mighty Sports-Go For Gold Philippines hopes to use its two-day break to rest before pressing its bid for a second title in four years in the Jones Cup in Changhua, Taiwan.
The country’s representative to the annual cagefest played five straight days since arriving on Thursday in the Taiwanese capital city and coach Charles Tiu said his players need to soothe their aching bodies and relax a bit, especially McKenzie Moore and Zach Graham.
The two played in pain with various injuries in the team’s crucial 89-82 win over World Cup-bound South Korea in the battle of frontrunners last Tuesday.
The scary win put Mighty Sports in a strong position to regain the title it won via an eight-game sweep three years ago.
The team also backed by HealthCube could emerge as virtual champion on Saturday if it beats Taiwan-A which totes a 3-1 card – the same record of Japan.
Having beaten fancied teams like Iran (98-72), Jordan (90-74), and Japan (94-59), Mighty Sports needs only to win two of its next three games to give the country its sixth Jones Cup title.
Against Taiwan-A, Mighty Sports should start strong to ensure a trouble-free win.
“That’s the other important match for us so we can’t celebrate yet this time,” said Tiu. “We have to come up fresh and play our usual game. There will be no let up.”
Mighty Gilas returns to action on Friday against Indonesia before capping its campaign with a showdown with Taiwan B. Both the Indonesians and Taiwanese (Team B) are carrying similar 1-3 records.
“We’re so impressed with the coaching and team chemistry much so the leadership of Renaldo Balkman. With coach Charles and Renaldo at the helm, the team is playing well,” said Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking.