The Mighty Sports Philippines made two-game winning streak as they disposed the UAE National Team, 86-78.
Similar to their first game against the American University in Dubai yesterday, both teams were playing competitive basketball as the score were close at the end of the first quarter.
Then once again in the following period, team Philippines found its shooting groove as they triggered the three-point rains inside the Shabab Al Ahli Club. Justin Brownlee, Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams began pouring their three-point shots while Randolph Morris demonstrated his inside and outside offensive skills.
While those Mighty Sports players doing the scoring barrage, University of the Philippines guard Juan Gomez De Liano provides the fireworks as he displayed his athleticism.
Fans of the LA Lakers and also the national team squad are still waiting for the breakout game of their idol Lamar Odom. In the game against the UAE National Team, Odom was scoreless.
Mighty Sports Philippines made a lead as much as twenty points but their opponent able to bring it to striking distance as they cut the lead to a single-digit in the final quarter.
Probably it was one of the strategies of coach Charles Tiu where he let his locals to play more minutes in the second half to gain more experience. Yet, that also spiked the number of turnovers of the Philippines team which UAE National Team took advantage.
To secure the victory, Mighty Sports head coach re-inserted Justin Brownlee back to the lineup and just in time when the last two-minutes warning was announced, Brownlee made a powerful slam from a Jason Brickman assist.
With the victory, Philippine squad is now qualified for the Quarterfinals knockout round.
Mighty Sports (86) – Morris 20, Brownlee 18, Adams 18, Gray 9, De Liano 9, Brickman 4, Gutang 4, Santillan 2, Banal 2, Odom 0, Wongchuking 0, Rike 0
UAE (78) – Al Zaabi 19, Alshabibi 18, Abdullah 14, Khalifa 8, Issa 8, Khalfan 7, Ibrahim 2, Al Nuaimi 2, Ndiaye 0