by Jonas Terrado
Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines capped off its successful title run in the 41st William Jones Cup with an 81-71 victory over Taiwan-B on Sunday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City.
Eugene Phelps capped off his consistent showing with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Mackenzie Moore added 16 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals as Mighty capped off the 10-day competition by winning all eight matches.
Coach Charles Tiu’s squad completed a sweep despite missing the services of Renaldo Balkman, who suffered a broken nose in Saturday’s title-clinching rout of Taiwan-A.
The team owned by Alex and Caesar Wongchuking were scheduled to receive the championship trophy during the closing ceremonies which will be held after the nightcap between Taiwan-A and South Korea.
Mighty dominated the tournament with an average winning margin of almost 22 points.
The Philippine club almost saw its title aspirations slip away last Tuesday when it needed a big comeback to beat South Korea, 89-82, in Changhua.
Yung Cheng Wu scored 15 points for Taiwan-B in a losing effort.
MIGHTY SPORTS 81 — Phelps 24, Moore 16, Yeo 11, Williams 7, N’Diaye 7, Adams 6, Brickman 4, Gray 2, Black 2, Wongchuking 2.
TAIWAN-B 71 — Wu, Y. 15, Lin, K. 10, Chou 10, Wu, C. 9, Lin, T. 8, Tseng 7, Chen 6, Hsieh 2, Sun 2, Huang 2, Lai 0, Su 0.
Quarters: 15-16; 40-32; 59-55; 81-71.