Fil-Am Gray erupts as Mighty Sports schools Canada in Jones Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Go for Gold took Canada-University of British Columbia back to school with a 116-87 drubbing in the 41st William Jones Cup at the Changhua County Gym in Taiwan on Monday, July 15.

After another huge win, the Charles Tiu-coached squad now heads to a blockbuster match against the South Korean national team on Tuesday, July 16, with identical 4-0 slates.

Young Filipino-American guard Jeremiah Gray stood tallest in the easy win, dropping a team-high 25 points on 6-of-8 shooting from downtown with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Renaldo Balkman coasted to an easy 22-marker finish from the imports' side on a sterling 8-of-8 clip with 9 boards, 6 dimes, 4 blocks, and 2 steals, while Eugene Phelps churned out a 20-point, 11-board double-double.

Canada actually led by 1 after the 1st quarter due to the hot shooting of Patrick Simon, who sank the team's first 13 points and 3 of their 6 shots from downtown.

However, the game was practically over by halftime as Balkman, Phelps, and Gray spearheaded a massive 39-9 beatdown in the 2nd period en route to a 65-36 lead.

Gray then scored 11 of his 25 points in the first two minutes of the 3rd frame off 3 more triples as Mighty established complete control.

Mighty's gap got stretched as far as 42 points after Angelo Wongchuking flung a no-look pass to a trailing Hamady N'Diaye for the alley-oop jam early in the 4th.

Canada fired as many shots as they could from there and at least managed to trim the lead down to 29 by the end.

Simon and Taylor Browne each chipped in 25 points and combined for 11 of the team's 16 made threes as Canada dropped to 0-4.

The Scores

Mighty Sports 116 - Gray 25, Balkman 22, Phelps 20, N'Diaye 15, Williams 9, Yeo 7, Banal 7, Adams 4, Graham 3, Black 2, Wongchuking 2, Brickman 0.

Canada-UBC 87 - Browne 25, Simon 25, Shepard 14, Cruz-Dumont 8, Rosebush 5, Audu 5, Bourcier 3, Wallack 2, Morrison 0, Familia 0, Clair 0.

Quarters: 26-27, 65-36, 98-58, 116-87.

– Rappler.com