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ABL star Renaldo Balkman announced that the Filipino team would be fearless at 2019 FIBA World Cup

ABL star Renaldo Balkman announced that the Filipino team would be fearless at 2019 FIBA World Cup

In the first friendly match between of the Philippines basketball team to prepare for 2019 FIBA World Cup, they drew the Mighty Sports club of Renaldo Balkman at the score 85-85.

Former PBA and ABL Renaldo Balkman veterans were impressed with the Philippine national team's preliminary squad, who are preparing to start at FIBA World Cup 2019 in late August. Having played at Alab Pilipinas in ABL, San Miguel Beer at PBA, Balkman has landed on Mighty Sports and is one of the club's five foreign players.

Yesterday at Meralco Arena, Mighty Sports was the first competitor in the Philippines' friendly match series. After Balkman helped Mighty get off to a good start with the score 23-13 in the first half, the Filipino team played harder to try to bring the match to balance.

More and more later, the performance screen was more and more stressful. Finally, the duo Marcio Lassiter and CJ Perez had 2 3-point "clutch" scores, helping the Philippines balance the score 85-85, closing the friendly match with the draw.

"Not only them but we also need this friendly match", Balkman said after the game against the Philippines. "We (Mighty Sports) have been concentrating for more than a week and we need to fix many things. This is a good opportunity for us to do that.

ABL star Renaldo Balkman announced that the Filipino team would be fearless at 2019 FIBA World Cup

Regarding the Filipino team, I must say that I feel very impressed. They don't have enough forces but still play quite well. Since ancient times, Gilas has always been a strong collective. This year they played well on both ends of the field, the competition was fast and there were many stable 3-point throwers".

Currently, the "African American" Andray Blatche is one of the most expected names yet to focus on the team for personal reasons.

"There is Andray in the squad, surely the Philippines will not be bored at World Cup. I wish them the best at FIBA World Cup 2019", added Renaldo Balkman.

Friendly matches were quite tight and not recorded, so the image of the match was not saved. This is the move to avoid "exposing" the Philippines team.

In the short term, their shortlist of 15 players will be prepared for publication. After that, friendly matches will continue to take place for Gilas to prepare for FIBA World Cup 2019.