The representation of the country on the international stage is already possible. But to put together a team with talent and experience? It's something Mighty Sports Caesar Wongchuking enjoys.
"I'm radiantly proud," said the team owner on Thursday evening when he said goodbye to Mighty Sports in La Campana, Makati, for the Dubai International Basketball Championship, which will be held on January 23 at the Shabab al Ahli Sports Club.
"Of the teams I have looked after, this is the one I'm most excited about," he added.
This repetition of the Mighty Sports crew not only offers a healthy mix of international firepower and amateur talent, but also gives an insight into the future of Filipino basketball.
Gilas Pilipinas veteran Andray Blatche, who leads the harvest of international stars, will increase the squad. Puerto Rican star and former NBA journeyman Renaldo Balkman, McKenzie Moore, Mikey Williams and Jelan Kendrick join the naturalized great man.
The young bunch is led by Kai Sotto, the hopeful NBA teenager, UAAP stars Thirdy Ravena, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, and Dave Ildefonso, Jamie Malonzo and Joaqui Manuel.
The pros and holdovers Beau Belga, Gab Banal and Joseph Yeo are also boosting.
"Our imports are solid," said coach Charles Tiu, who will reaffirm his role at the top with the help of Angolan coach Will Voigt.
"I like our local crew," he added. "Look at the boys, all college stars are out here. I think it will be fun. "
However, Mighty Sports will do business when they leave for the venue next Wednesday.
Tius's accusations not only shoot for cashing in the tournament in which they finished third, but are also the first non-Middle Eastern team to make history that wins, Wongchuking said.
"The competition will be very tough," said Tiu. “All other teams have three imports and have been playing together for years. I think there are more African teams this year, which is never a good sign. "
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