Basketball: Blatche, Mighty Sports notch win No. 2 in Dubai

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2020 06:54 PM

Nobody on the Syrian club could contain Mighty Sports center Andray Blatche in Dubai on Friday. Handout 

Andray Blatche scored 28 points to lead Mighty Sports-Pilipinas past Syrian club Al Ittihad 77-72 in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament on Friday..

Ittihad just could not field anyone to match the former Gilas Pilipinas stalwart, who grabbed 11 rebounds while dominating the undersized Syrian squad.

Blatche also made the 3-pointer that broke Ittihad's back with 54 seconds to go. 

Renaldo Balkman added 15 points and 10 rebounds while helping the Filipino club get its second straight win in Dubai.

Mighty Sports opened its campaign with an 88-82 victory over the Fadi El-Khatib-lead United Arab Emirates on Thursday.

Box scores

MIGHTY-PILIPINAS 77 - Blatche 28, Balkman 15, Moore 9, Malonzo 6, Go 5, Ildefonso 5, Kendrick 4, Belga 3, Ravena 2, Williams 0, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0.

AL ITTIHAD 72 - Coleman 30, Merjaneh 9, Saddir 8, Cheikh Ali 6, Alhamwi 5, Adribi 4, Saleh 4, Arbasha 4, Jilati 2, Aljabi 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-23, 42-32, 59-47, 77-72.

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