The Philippines’ Batang Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Argentina at 1:00 A.M. on July 1, 2019 (PHI time) live from Heraklion Arena, Crete, Greece.
Batang Gilas are looking to make a bounce back victory after they fell versus the host country Greece yesterday.
The other half of the Philippines youth basketball squad twin towers went down yesterday during their tournament opening game.
In just two minutes of action, AJ Edu was seen on the floor holding his right knee and in pain.
The intial findings, the 6-foot-10 suffered an ACL and meniscal tear and according to Batang Gilas head coach Sandy Arespacochaga the Fil-Nigerian will be out for the remainder of the 2019 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.
In his absence against Greece, Kai Sotto needed to double his effort but his playing time was also cut short as he went foul trouble early in the game.
Sotto was nursing a three personal fouls in the entire second half and that also limits his defense particularly on swatting shots.
Still, Sotto able to produce 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 block shots.
With the unfortunate news about Edu, other Gilas Players need to step up to keep their quarterfinals hopes alive.
“Big shoes to fill, but the players are determined to step up for AJ and the team.” said coach Arespacochaga.