WINNING its third international title in the last four years may still not be enough for Mighty Sports to consider a jump in the country’s premier play-for-pay league.
Days after completing a historic title run in the Middle East, the Mighty Sports squad opted to relish their latest conquest by celebrating their victory in Makati City.
But the question about a possible stint in the PBA seemed too tempting to ask during a press conference before the victory party on Thursday night.
“We have no plans of joining local tournaments. We just build a team when there is an invitation. So no plans of putting up a PBA team, 5-on-5 or 3×3,” said Mighty Sports founder and sports benefactor Caesar Wongchuking.
Mighty Sports easily dethroned Al Riyadi of Lebanon 92-81 in their title faceoff to clinch the 31st Dubai International Basketball Championship last week at the Shabab Al-Ahli Club in United Arab Emirates.
The team was led by former PBA import Renaldo Balkman, Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche and was also beefed up by collegiate standout Thirdy Ravena and PBA veteran Beau Belga.
Mighty Sports’ title-winning effort in Dubai made the team the first non-Middle Eastern squad to win the coveted crown.
Before crowning themselves UAE league champions, Mighty Sports won two Jones Cup titles in 2016 and 2019. A return stint to that prestigious annual Taiwanese tournament remains a possibility this year.
Ryan Gregorio, the special assistant to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio, said Mighty Sports is one of the teams they may consider for the coming Jones Cup tourney.
“They have been supportive to the programs of the federation. It’s just overwhelming that they were able to win the Dubai Cup, the first for a non-Middle Eastern country,” said Gregorio who attended the victory party. “In the future tournaments we’re going to align with them, partner with them, to bring more trophies for the country.”