Basketball: Mighty Sports heading to PBA? No plan yet, says owner

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Posted at Feb 07 2020 06:39 PM

Basketball: Mighty Sports heading to PBA? No plan yet, says owner 1
Mighty Sports coaches and players who attended the club’s victory party in Makati on Thursday included: assistant coaches Paolo Layug (from left) and TY Tang, and players Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Beau Belga, Joseph Yeo, Jarrell Lim, Jamie Malonzo, Juan Gomez de Liaño, Javi Gomez de Liaño and Jelan Kendrick. Handout

A third international championship in the past four years is not enough for Mighty Sports to consider joining the PBA.
 
Days after copping a historic title in the Middle East, the Filipino club opted to relish its latest conquest by celebrating in Makati City.
 
But with Mighty’s feats, it’s hard not to wonder whether entering the big leagues has crossed its owner’s mind.

“We have no plans of joining local tournaments. We just build a team when there is an invitation. So ayun, no plans of putting up a PBA team, 5-on-5 or 3x3,” said Mighty Sports founder and sports benefactor Caesar Wongchuking on Thursday.
 
Mighty dethroned Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 92-81, in the title game to clinch the 31st Dubai International Basketball Championship last weekend.
 
The team was led by former PBA import Renaldo Balkman, Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche, and beefed up by collegiate standout Thirdy Ravena and PBA veteran Beau Belga.
 
Mighty Sports’ title-winning effort in Dubai made the club the first non-Middle Eastern squad to win the crown.
 
Prior to that, Mighty Sports won the Jones Cup in 2016 and 2019, with a return stint to that tournament looming.
 
Ryan Gregorio, special assistant to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio, said Mighty Sports is one of the teams the national governing body for the sport may consider for the upcoming Jones Cup tourney.
 
“They have been supportive to the programs of the federation. It’s just overwhelming that they were able to win the Dubai Cup, the first ever for a non-Middle Eastern country,” Gregorio said.

“In the future tournaments we’re going to align with them, partner with them, to bring more trophies for the country.”
 
Champion coach Charles Tiu welcomes the idea of a return trip to the Jones Cup event.
 
“Any time that we will have a chance to represent the country, we would love to do that and try to form the best team possible,” Said Tiu.

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