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Mighty Sports rolls past Iraqi club to clinch Dubai tilt Final Four


Mighty Sports turned it up when it matters, asserting class from offense to defense to outlast Oil Sports Club, 108-94, on Friday morning (Manila Time) at the Shabab Al Ahli Club and advance to the semifinal of the Dubai International Basketball Championship.

Justin Brownlee, looking healthy after sustaining a knee contusion that caused uncertainty into his status entering the KO stage, delivered another all-around performance to lead the Philippine squad into the Final Four.

The 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best import scattered 26 points, 8 boards and 7 assists.

Juan Gomez de Liaño, the youngest player in the team, gave Mighty a big lift, tallying 21 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

Jeremiah Gray also caught fire from beyond, knocking 6 treys to finish with 20 points, while Randolph Morris was the other Mighty player who scored in double digits with 16 points on top of 11 rebounds.

Mighty Sports was able to build a first-half lead that went to as high as 21 points. The Philippine squad also posted a 23-point third quarter cushion, 85-62.

Standing in Mighty Sports’ way in the semifinals is Al Riyadi — the same Lebanese club team handed them a 95-100 heartbreaker in 2017 in the same tournament.