In every competition Mighty Sports-Philippines enters, chemistry has always been the first thing to be addressed.
Usually, the club, who has played in various parts of the world, relies on the individual talent to lead them far in the tourneys it joins.
This time around though, it won’t be an issue for a couple of its players in Mikey Williams and Jeremiah Gray.
“We played together back home in open gyms. It’s really cool to be with him, representing the country,” said Gray, who was raised in California like Williams. “He’s really a good player, controls the pace.
“He’s also an LA dude and LA dudes get together well.”
Gray and Williams go way back.
During the formative years, the two have either been battling it out or have been teammates in numerous pick-up leagues in California.
Early this year, Gray decided to come home after a two-year stay in Dominican University of California. Williams, who played for the Saigon Heat in the ABL last year, decided to follow suit, signing with MPBL club General Santos City Warriors.
“The thought-process in this was to get as much basketball as I could. Gen San and then they gave me an opportunity to represent the country with Mighty Sports,” shared Williams.
Though they have not played for so long, the two showcased their natural chemistry on the court last Monday during Mighty Sports’ tune-up against Gilas Pilipinas.
The duo led the fourth-quarter surge of the Jones Cup-bound squad, helping Mighty Sports erect a six-point lead late. However, Gilas was able to knot things up to close out the friendly to end the exhibition knotted at 85-all.
Come the Jones Cup, the two are out to not only give a good representation of themselves. Both Williams and Gray vow to give the country its sixth Cup.
“It’s just a great honor man. I never thought I’d be here, never thought that basketball would take me this far. But it’s good to tap with my other half,” said Williams.
“It’s going to be really exciting. Hopefully, everyone gets to see what we can bring to the table. Hopefully, things go further than that.”
“Really cool to come out here together. Really good opportunity for us,” chimed Gray.