92-81: Mighty Sports Philippines beat Al Riyadi to win the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Championship at Shabab Al Ahli Club on Sunday. The Philippine club made history by being the first team outside the Middle East to win the Dubai tournament. As Mighty snapped a seven-game winning streak, Renaldo Balkman led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds. Andray Blatche's all-around performance of 21 points, ten rebounds, four assists, and two steals was topped by Mikey Williams's 13 points and three assists. Coach Charles Tiu's wards had their best game ever, shooting 56 percent from the field and 9-of-22 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. The Mighty went on a huge third-quarter run, going from a tight 50-45 lead to a dominant 16-point lead, finished off by a Jelan Kendrick three-pointer with 5:08 left to make it a 61-45 game. Early in the fourth period, the margin grew to 21 before Blatche, Thirdy Ravena, and McKenzie Moore put the finishing touches on the victory. Moore scored 11 points and grabbed two rebounds off the bench, while Kendrick chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists. During this tournament, Ravena led Mighty with six points and two assists. The Creative Pacific Group, Go for Gold, Oriental Group, Discovery Primea, and Gatorade helped make it happen. Michael Efevberha led Al Riyadi with 26 points and five rebounds in the bridesmaid finish. Dwayne Jackson had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Lebanese team, while Ali Haidar had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Meralco’s participation in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup has been canceled, and Al Riyadi has taken the place of the Bolts