The Mighty Sports Philippines team have retooled their roster with a great mix of amateur standouts and veteran players as they try to make run for a title in the upcoming 2020 Dubai Invitational Tournament.
There was some hype and buzz when the team tried to bring in Kai Sotto. However, due to “unresolved logistical and scheduling issues”, the 7-foot-2 wunderkind will not be able to play for the Charles Tiu-coached squad.
But even with that said, Mighty Sports will still field in a competitive squad that can go up against some of the best clubs in Asia and it will be exciting to see on how they will fare this time around.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines examines the Mighty Sports roster to see which players can stand out in the upcoming competition.
Imports that will reinforce the lineup
Mighty Sports had the luxury of bringing in three reinforcements in Andray Blatche, Renaldo Balkman, and McKenzie Moore, and these three can help the squad in so many ways.
Former naturalized Gilas player Andray Blatche will try to make amends for his subpar showing in the FIBA World Cup as he’ll be their designated stretch five. The New York native offers shooting, playmaking, and post skills that can spark their offense especially when he’s in full condition.
Renaldo Balkman, on the other hand, will be the team’s source of toughness and grit on defense. The Puerto Rican is a strong finisher in the interior and he uses his boundless energy to track down loose balls. At the same time, he can score down on the low block or from the outside when needed.
McKenzie Moore is expected to put up points on the board for Mighty Sports. The 27-year-old swingman is a bucket-getter and he can make plays on the other side as well given his athleticism.
Beau Belga, Joseph Yeo, and Gab Banal are some battle-tested veterans that can contribute to the squad.
Beau Belga is a long-time PBA player that primarily acts as an enforcer and a big body down low. Over the years, the Rain or Shine center has developed a reliable outside shot that can get opposing bigs off guard.
Mikey Williams, Joseph Yeo, and Gab Banal, on the other hand, are combo guards who can slash their way to the goal while creating for their teammates as well. They probably won’t get much playing time in this tournament, but having them on tow will be a big help for the team.
The Mighty Sports team will feature a glut of young rising stars, and this is the perfect time for them to show what they got.
Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go will bring their championship pedigree to the team and these Atenean standouts will be versatile cogs to Charles Tiu’s system.
Dave Ildefonso will be one of the team’s top playmakers while Jamie Malonzo will add energy and athleticism. The de Llano brothers, Jarrell Lim, and Joaqui Manuel, on the other hand, will bolster their lineup through their shooting and basketball IQ.
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