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Unbeaten Mighty-PH gains QF

05:02 AM February 04, 2019

DUBAI—Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom struggled for the second straight game but Mighty Sports-Philippines had enough firepower to overcome the United Arab Emirates national team, 86-78, on Saturday night and secure a  quarterfinal seat in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship.

Reinforcements Justin Brownlee and Randolph Morris delivered solid numbers as Mighty-PH earned a fitting follow up to its 87-58 win over American University in Dubai during Thursday’s opener.

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The accessories and apparel team backed by SMDC, HealthCube Medical Clinics, Go for Gold and Oriental Game also surpassed its one-win showing in 2017.

The 6-foot-10 Morris led the attack with 20 points, including two triples, even as Brownlee tallied a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds that more than made up for Odom’s scoring dud in 13 minutes of action at Shabab Al Ahli gymnasium here.

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“I expected us to win this game,” coach Charles Tiu said. “But this is not yet the level of the tournament, although the national team gave us a tough test.”

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