Mighty Sports to play tune-up game against Magnolia | Basketball News 29/01/2019

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Basketball News | 29/1/2019 | The preparation of Mighty Sports for the Dubai International Basketball Championship will be put to another test when it faces 2018 PBA Governors' Cup champion Magnolia in an exhibition match on Tuesday at the Ronac Gym in San Juan City. Coach Charles Tiu is looking for more consistency and a better cohesion this time as they lock horns with the Hotshots at 9:30 a.m. Though they beat the Blackwater Elite, 106-99, in a recent tune-up, Tiu was far from being satisfied. "Though a win is a win, we still have a lot of work to do," he said. "On a scale of 10, we're still at level 5. We need to reach 7 or 8 before we leave for Dubai. The tournament there is very tough." The team is leaving for Dubai on Thursday for the Feb. 1-9 tournament that lures some of the toughest clubs from Lebanon, Jordan and United Arab Emirates. Alex Wongchuking, who co-owns the team with younger brother Caesar, is looking forward for a better finish this time after the team blew several opportunities in its first foray in the annual tournament two years ago. "I'll be happier if we can reach the semis this time," said Wongchuking. "That's our goal and I'm confident coach Charles, coach Jong (Uichico), coach Woody (Co) and coach Dean (Castano) can bring out the best from Lamar (Odom) and the rest of the team." Though he was still a shadow of his old deadly self, the 6-foot-10 Odom produced five points in their game against the Elite. "My legs are dead a little bit but it's going to be better as time goes by," said Odom. Ginebra resident import Justine Brownlee is expected to lead Mighty Sports along with Chinese league veteran Randolph Morris and exciting Fil-Am players Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams - who are deadly from the 3-point area. Also in the team are former pros TY Tang, Joseph Yeo, Santy Santillan, ex-Ginebra player Jett Manuel, Gab Banal, University of the Philippines playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño, College of St. Benilde's Justin Gutang and former Xavier star Angelo Wongchuking.