Juan GDL energizes Mighty-Pilipinas to third straight win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Jan 28 2020 09:35 AM

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Juan Gomez de Liano shone for Mighty Sports. File photo

The kids were more than alright, Tuesday (Philippine time) at the Shabab Al-Ahli Club, as Mighty Sports-Pilipinas made quick work of ES Rades, 84-66, to stay spotless in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

Juan Gomez de Liano waxed hot with 12 points, all from threes, and conspired with collegiate rival Thirdy Ravena who had eight markers, two assists, and two steals to fuel the Filipinos' cruise to a third win in as many games in the international tourney.

With the youngsters turning in their best games, Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche didn’t have to do much and only scored, for their standards, 18 apiece.

Even more impressive, the Tunisians had won all three of its elimination round games prior to the matchup opposite the Philippines.

Mighty-Pilipinas is out to do what ES Rades fell short of doing - a clean sweep of the eliminations - when they meet Beirut Sports Club on Wednesday (Philippine time).


MIGHTY-PILIPINAS 84 - Balkman 18, Blatche 18, Kendrick 13, Gomez de Liano Ju. 12, Ravena 8, Moore 5, Malonzo 4, Williams 3, Go 3.

ES RADES 66 - Grady 17, Qannouni 13, Dayfallah 9, Elahi 7, Tramesh 6, Alshanoufi 5, Okoroh 4, Buallaq 3, Rudsli 2.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-18, 41-34, 63-54, 84-66.

This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.