FORMER Xavier School stars are looking forward for a happy reunion as Mighty Sports tries it luck again in the Dubai International Basketball Championship later this month at United Arab Emirates.
Then bannered by Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers, the country’s sports apparel and accessories ball club fell short in its bid to win the prestigious event last year and settled for third.
But team owner Alex Wongchuking and Joseph Yeo, who left indelible marks during their respective eras with the premier learning school, are convinced the team – sponsored by Go for Gold, Oriental Group, Creative Pacific of Bong Cuevas and Gatorade – can do better this time around.
“I think we’re more prepared this time than last year,” said Wongchuking. “Aside from former Xavier stars, we have a good mix of young and veteran players in the team.”
Yeo said the lessons they’ve learned since their initial foray in the annual tournament will serve them in good stead in their search for a third major international title.
Mighty Sports created quite a buzz by winning Taiwan’s Jones Cup via an 8-game sweep twice, including last year.
Other Xavier products in the team are coaches Charles Tiu, TY Tang, Joaqui Manuel, Gab Banal, and Jarrel Lim.