Balanced Mighty-Pilipinas wards off Lebanese champs in Dubai

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 04, 2019 08:33 AM
Balanced Mighty-Pilipinas wards off Lebanese champs in Dubai
(Photo courtesy of Mighty Sports-Pilipinas)

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas is still the standard in the 2019 Dubai Invitational Tournament as they aced their toughest test yet.

Filipino-American Jeremiah Gray continued opening eyes, reinforcements Randolph Morris and Justin Brownlee continued delivering the goods, and the Filipinos continued their unbeaten run by getting the better of Homentmen Lebanon, 96-89, on Monday (Philippine time) at the Shabab-Al Ahli Club in Dubai.

Gray, an athletic swingman, waxed hot for 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists while American big man Morris had 24 markers, nine boards, four dimes, and two steals of his own.

Brownlee also made an impact with a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double on top of seven assists and two steals while the University of the Philippines stud Juan Gomez de Liano and former Asean Basketball League star Jason Brickman chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

After breezing through American University of Dubai and United Arab Emirates in their first two games, the Philippines was likewise in complete control of this one after three quarters.

Homentmen, the champions of the Lebanese basketball League, kept coming, however, and pulled within 89-92 with 41 ticks to go on the clock until Brownlee put the game away for good by going four-of-four from the line.

Now 3-0 in the tournament, Mighty-Pilipinas takes a break on Monday (Philippine time) and then takes the floor once more on Tuesday (Philippine time) for its last assignment in the elimination round up against Al Wahda Syria.

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