|Ownership||Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories|
Alexander "Alex" Wongchuking
|Championships||Republica Cup: 4 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018) |
William Jones Cup: 1 (2016)
Mighty Sports (sometimes referred to as "Mighty Sports-Philippines") is a basketball team based in the Philippines played in various domestic leagues and tournaments in the country such as the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) and the Republica Cup. The team won four championships in the Republica Cup in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018.
They have competed in the Dubai International Basketball Championship participating in the 2017 and 2019 editions.
Mighty Sports is the athletic arm of sportswear manufacturing company Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories, Inc.
- 1 Competitive record
- 2 Partnership with the Bulacan Kuyas of the MPBL
- 3 Roster
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
Mighty Sports became first known to basketball fans in minor basketball leagues such as the Republica Cup (an invitational basketball tournament held in Malolos, Bulacan as part of the commemoration of the First Philippine Republic, known as the Malolos Convention). It also sponsored the Adamson Falcons men's basketball team and the Bulacan State University Golden Gears men's basketball team in the Filsports Basketball Association, and the Philippine Dragon Boat Team.
In 2014, the team, led by former PBA player Kenneth Duremdes and Kris Rosales, bagged the second Republica Cup title, after winning the finals game against Malolos Republica, 86–84. One year later, the team did not make it to the finals after losing the semifinals match against AMA University.
On February 4, 2016, Mighty Sports, now-led by former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, successfully reclaimed the Republica Cup championship, beating Hobe Mackway Travel in the finals game, 85–82. In addition, Bright Akhuetie was named as the Tournament MVP.
Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League
On March 2016, the team joined the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League. Historically, this is the first entry into a major basketball league. Ravena, a 2016 PBA draft prospect, together with Ty Tang, who came out of retirement in the Philippine Basketball Association, and import Bright Akhuetie are some of the players who retained in the team's line-up for the Champion's Cup.
Mighty Sports also appointed Bo Perasol as team consultant, Mike Fermin as head coach and Charles Tiu as assistant coach of the team, which is one of the two new teams that competed in the 2016 PCBL Chairman's Cup, alongside SCTEX Road Warriors.
On its first game, Mighty Sports completes an upset victory against Founder's Cup champion Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 79–70 in the opening day of Champion's Cup on March 6, 2016. Ravena led the team's campaign with 16 points.
William Jones Cup
The team represented the Philippines in the 2016 William Jones Cup, with 7 foreign reinforcements leading the team, in lieu of the Gilas Cadets who were not available for playing. They beat team A of host nation Taiwan, who were fielding a second team, on their opening match. They then beat the South Korea national team on their second match. They won their third match against the US team Sacramento State Hornets. They beat Japan on their fourth by a blowout of 21 points. They faced the Indian national team on their fifth match and won by a 20 points margin to remain the only unbeaten team as of the 6th day of the tournament. They cemented the tournament's title by beating Iran on their 6th match. Mighty Sports continued their winning streak by beating Egypt in their seventh match and swept the entire competition beating Taiwanese Team B.
Singapore's Merlion Cup Tournament was revived in 2016 and the Mighty Sports were invited as the Philippines' representative. They beat the Seoul Samsung Thunders on their opening match. They advanced into the semifinals round after beating Westports Malaysia Dragons, and eventually won against Singapore Slingers. They advanced in the finals and faced Shanghai Sharks in which they suffered a heartbreaking loss, placing them in second after Jimmer Fredette sank three freethrows with no time left on the clock.
Dubai International Basketball Tournament
Mighty Sports joined the 2017 Dubai International Basketball Championship with only a couple of weeks to prepare. The tournament took place from February 18 to 25, 2017.
Mighty Sports was led by NBA veterans Hasheem Thabeet, Dominic McGuire, Justin Brownlee and naturalized player Marcus Douthit. PBA playmaker Chris Tiu and center Beau Belga bannered the local cast along with PBA veterans, JC Intal, Gary David, Ryan Araña and two-time MVP Willie Millier who were added in the team's lineup. Amateur standouts Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and Jett Manuel were also added in the team's roster.
Due to the lack of cohesion and team chemistry, they lost to host team Al Ahli, 83-75 in the opening day. In their second game, they lost to the Egypt national basketball team, 84-82, after Ravena's three point attempt, in the last 6 seconds of the game, failed. The day after, they also lost in a close game to Lebanese powerhouse Sagesse 95-92. The team managed to beat Ball Above All with a score of 94-80 to end their stint in the tournament with a single win.
For their 2019 Dubai stint, the team hired the services of former NBA two-time champion Lamar Odom,, Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee, and Chinese Basketball Association import Randolph Morris. Notable local signings include former Ginebra guard Jett Manuel, University of the Philippines playmaker Juan Gomez de Liano, Gabriel Banal, Joseph Yeo, La Salle forward Santi Santillan, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde high flyer Justin Gutang and Mono Vampire guard Jason Brickman.
Partnership with the Bulacan Kuyas of the MPBL
Mighty Sports returned to domestic basketball after it entered in a partnership with the Bulacan Kuyas of the regional Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. The partnership was established between Mighty Sports owner Caesar Wongchuking and the Bulacan Kuyas management led by owner Jonathan Sy-Alvarado prior to the start of the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup. The Bulacan Kuyas officially renamed themselves as the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports as part of the agreement.
- 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament
The following is the 14-man roster of the Mighty Sports-Philippines for the 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
|Mighty Sports-Philippines - 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament roster|
- 2017 Dubai International Basketball Tournament
The following was the 14-man roster of the PH-Mighty Sports for the 2017 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
|Mighty Sports PH - 2017 Dubai International Basketball Tournament roster|
- 2016 Merlion Cup
|Mighty Sports PH - 2016 Merlion Cup roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Hamady N'diaye||Marcus Douthit|
|PF||Alford Thornton||Jason Deutchman|
|SF||Dewarick Spencer||Gabriel Banal|
|SG||Matthew Wright||Joseph Yeo||Raphael Banal||Edrick Ferrer|
|PG||Jason Brickman||Kiefer Ravena||Gelo Alolino||Tyrone Tang|
- 2016 William Jones Cup
|Mighty Sports PH - 2016 William Jones Cup roster|
- Republica Cup
- Winners (4): 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
- Runner-up (1): 2016 Chairman's Cup
- Winners (1): 2016
- Runners-up (1): 2016
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- "Troy Rike completes Mighty Sports-PH team". Tiebreaker Times. January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
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- "Mighty Sports back on mainstream cage scene via MPBL's Bulacan Kuyas". FOX Sports Philippines. June 17, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
- "Might Sports Re-Emerges in the MPBL". Mighty Sports. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- http://www.slamonlineph.com/look-mighty-sports-ph-roster-for-2016-william-jones-cup-revealed Roster of Mighty Sports for 38th Jones Cup