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Mighty Sports-Philippines
Leagues2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament
Founded2011
Team colorsWhite, Blue, Red
              
Head coachCharles Tiu
OwnershipCaesar Wongchuking
Alexander Wongchuking
Websitewww.mightysports.ph

The 2019 Mighty Sports-Philippines Basketball Team is a Filipino-owned amateur basketball team based in the Philippines scheduled to compete in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament on February 1 to 9, 2019.[1]

The Philippine basketball team's participation in the Dubai tournament was indirectly co-announced when news broke out that former NBA player and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom declared his participation[2] as an import for Mighty Sports as well as his basketball comeback.

This marks the second time the Mighty Sports-Philippines team will compete in the Dubai tournament as it bowed out of the early round during the 2017 event.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

The team was founded in 2011 by Caesar Wongchuking.[4] The team became first known to Filipino basketball fans for its participation in amateur leagues such as the Republica Cup[5], Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League and most recently, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League as corporate sponsor of the Bulacan Kuyas.

The team also proceeded to participate in international leagues such as the William Jones Cup, Merlion Cup and the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament[edit | edit source]

The team's participation in the 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament was made public when Lamar Odom announced his comeback to basketball through an Instagram post that resulted in a media blitz.[6] The 2019 Dubai team is currently co-owned by brothers Alexander "Alex" Wongchuking[7] and long-time amateur basketball patron Caesar Wongchuking. Its sponsors include Healthcube and Go for Gold.[8]

The team seeks to redeem its disappointing 2017 Dubai tournament run where bowed out early due to lack of team chemistry and preparation.[9]

Its current roster features a more balanced team of playmakers, slashers, shooters and big men composed of NBA and international league veterans, Filipino-American aspirants, ex-professional players and prominent college players.[10]

First, Lamar Odom was signed through local super agent Sheryl Reyes, followed by Chinese Basketball Association Beijing Ducks' center Randolph Morris and Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee. Later on, Mighty Sports signed former Ginebra guard Jett Manuel, University of the Philippines playmaker Juan Gomez de Liano, Gabriel Banal, Joseph Yeo, La Salle forward Santi Santillan and College of St. Benilde high flyer Justin Gutang. On January 8, 2019, it was announced that the team signed Fil-Am prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams.

Roster[edit | edit source]

Current[edit | edit source]

2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament

The following is the 12-man roster of the Mighty Sports-Philippines for the 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

Mighty Sports-Philippines - 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 6 United States Odom, Lamar 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 39 – (1979-11-06)6 November 1979
F 32 United States Brownlee, Justin (I) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 31 – (1988-04-23)23 April 1988
C 33 United States Morris, Randolph 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 33 – (1986-01-02)2 January 1986
G 2 Philippines Manuel, Jett 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 27 – (1992-07-13)13 July 1992
F 77 Philippines Banal, Gabriel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 28 – (1990-09-01)1 September 1990
G 5 United States Philippines Gray, Jeremiah 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (1998-11-18)18 November 1998
G 20 United States Philippines Adams, Roosevelt 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 21 – (1998-07-13)13 July 1998
G 8 Philippines Yeo, Joseph 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 35 – (1983-09-07)7 September 1983
F 1 Philippines Gomez de Liaño, Juan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 19 – (1999-11-19)19 November 1999
C 15 Philippines Santillan, Santi 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 23 – (1996-04-05)5 April 1996
F 23 United States Philippines Gutang, Justin 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 20 – (1999-05-03)3 May 1999
Head coach
  • Philippines Charles Tiu
Assistant coach
  • Philippines Moriah Gingerich
Team manager
  • Philippines Angelo Wongchuking
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • Nat. – Flags indicate national team
    eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events
  • Age – describes age
    on January 9, 2019

Past[edit | edit source]

2017 Dubai International Basketball Tournament

The following was the 14-man roster of the Mighty Sports-Philippines for the 2017 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.[11]


Mighty Sports PH - 2017 Dubai International Basketball Tournament roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 6 Philippines Manuel, Jett 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 26 – (1992-09-22)22 September 1992
G 1 Philippines Ravena, Kiefer 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 25 – (1993-10-27)27 October 1993
G 18 Philippines Araña, Ryan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 35 – (1984-03-23)23 March 1984
PG 13 Philippines Miller, Willie 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 42 – (1977-07-13)13 July 1977
F 77 Philippines Banal, Gabriel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 28 – (1990-09-01)1 September 1990
G 7 Philippines Intal, JC 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 35 – (1983-11-18)18 November 1983
G 20 Philippines David, Gary 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 41 – (1978-07-13)13 July 1978
PG 17 Philippines Tiu, Chris 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 34 – (1985-07-15)15 July 1985
F 30 Philippines Belga, Beau 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 32 – (1986-11-30)30 November 1986
G 21 Philippines Teng, Jeron 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 25 – (1994-03-21)21 March 1994
C 11 United States Philippines Douthit, Marcus 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 39 – (1980-04-15)15 April 1980
F 5 United States McGuire, Dominic (I) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 33 – (1985-10-20)20 October 1985
F 32 United States Brownlee, Justin (I) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 31 – (1988-04-23)23 April 1988
C 34 Template:Country data TZA Thabeet, Hasheem (I) 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) 32 – (1987-02-16)16 February 1987
Head coach
  • Philippines Charles Tiu
Assistant coach
  • Philippines Sandy Arespacochaga
  • Philippines Moriah Gingerich
  • Philippines Mike Fermin
Team manager
  • Philippines Jean Michael Alabanza
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • Nat. – Flags indicate national team
    eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events
  • Age – describes age
    on February 18, 2017

Honors[edit | edit source]

Domestic[edit | edit source]

  • Republica Cup
Winners (4): 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
Runner-up (1): 2016 Chairman's Cup

International[edit | edit source]

Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2016

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Lamar Odom to play for Philippine team in Dubai tournament title". TV5-ESPN. December 19, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  2. "Ex-NBA player Lamar Odom to suit up for Mighty Sports PH in Dubai tourney title". ABS-CBN. December 19, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  3. "Timely Gary David explosion enough to help Mighty Sports end Dubai stint on winning note title". SPIN.ph. February 23, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  4. "Our Team: Mighty Sports-Philippines Basketball". Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories, Inc. April 24, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  5. "Ravena stars as Mighty Sports reclaims Republica Cup". The Philippine Star. February 6, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  6. "Lamar Odom to Participate in the Dubai International Basketball Championship". Bleacher Report. December 18, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. "Fil-Am prospects Gray, Adamson boost Mighty Sports squad for Dubai tilt". SPIN.ph. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. "Former LA Laker Odom, Brownlee lead Mighty Sports". Manila Bulletin. January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  9. "Sagesse keeps Mighty Sports winless after another heartbreaker in Dubai cage meet". SPIN.ph. February 19, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  10. "Fil-Am prospects Gray, Adamson boost Mighty Sports squad for Dubai tilt". SPIN.ph. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  11. http://www.spin.ph/basketball/news/charles-tiu-mighty-sports-young-coach-veteran-team-dubai-international


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