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Mighty Sports survives Muñoz explosion, beats gritty Homenetmen

Randolph Morris put up 24 points while making huge baskets to keep Homenetmen at bay. Mighty Sports (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Mighty Sports held on despite a gutsy performance from Homenetmen's Walter Muñoz for a 96-89 victory to stay unbeaten in the Dubai International Basketball Championship at the Shahad Al-Ahli Club in Dubai early Monday (Philippine Time).

Mighty Sports prevailed even though Muñoz led Homenetmen's fight back in the fourth quarter thanks to his explosive scoring.

Mighty Sports was actually on track of blowing the game wide open after a brilliant third quarter put the team ahead, 77-63, entering the fourth.

But Homenetmen, behind its reinforcement from the US Virgin Islands, crawled back and was within three, 89-92, with 58.8 seconds remaining.

The Lebanese side had an opportunity to tie the game after Muñoz got momentarily free off a screen, but he missed the three-point attempt and Justin Brownlee eventually iced the game with four straight free throws.

Jeremiah Gray and Randolph Morris each made 24 points for Mighty Sports, which is now a win away from sweeping its Group B assignments.

The team can do so with a win early Wednesday (Philippine Time) against Al-Wahda, 92-57 winner over the American University in Dubai on Sunday night. 

Brownlee added 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

Juan Gomez De Liaño chipped in 11 markers, while Jason Brickman contributed 10.

Muñoz finished with 42 markers for Homenetmen.

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