'Young Veterans' look to lead Mighty Sports-Pilipinas in Dubai
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 15, 2020 01:54 PM
Juan Gomez de Liano, Gab Banal, and Mikey Williams will be returning for Mighty Sports-Pilipinas
This year's iteration of the Mighty Sports-Pilipinas basketball team that will participate in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament is made up of some of the brightest young basketball stars, some of them suiting up for Mighty Sports for the first time.
While exciting young stars like Thirdy Ravena, Kai Sotto, Dave Ildefonso, Jamie Malonzo, and Gilas veteran Andray Blatche are some of the fresh new faces set to banner Mighty Sports, it will be key returnees such as Gab Banal, Mikey Williams, and Juan Gomez De Liano that will serve as the team's 'veteran leaders' so to speak.
While not exactly among the teams elders, Juan GDL, Banal, and Williams are ready and willing to fulfill their role as leaders.
"[I told them to] basically just play your game and come in and do what you have to do," Williams told The Score's Denice Dinsay. "As long as you listen to the coach, ask questions, you'll continue to get better and flourish in this tournament."
"A lot of these college players are the star players of their respective college teams, but they're coming into a veteran team with three imports and Andray, so it's not like their college team anymore, we have a lot of veterans, especially ex-NBA guys. They just need to apply their fit into the team, check their egos, and play for the betterment of the team," said Banal.
Apart from the trio of returnees, the other leader will be none other than Alab Pilipinas and Mighty Sports veteran and former PBA import Renaldo Balkman.
"We have a savvy vet that knows the game very well," Williams said of Balkman. "He's played at a high level and his IQ is at the top of the charts. As you long as you follow his lead and do what he does, everything will fall into place."
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The invitational tournament kicks off on January 23rd.