Strong Group-PH vows to keep on fighting in Dubai tilt despite limited preps

FILE–Strong Group coach Charles Tiu.

FILE–Sturdy Group coach Charles Tiu. Photograph by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — With Kevin Quiambao being a last-minute alternative for Ange Kouame, Sturdy Group Realty vows to present its finest to characterize the nation regardless of the restricted preparation within the thirty second Dubai Worldwide Basketball Championship marketing campaign beginning on Friday.

Sturdy Group coach Charles Tiu confirmed on Wednesday that Quiambao, the UAAP Season 85 prime rookie from La Salle will exchange Kouame, who was dominated out of the event as a consequence of dengue.

The crew thought-about Justine Brownlee and Andray Blatche however each weren’t obtainable.

Tiu admitted their squad had a restricted build-up for the event, barely getting an entire attendance in apply. However he guarantees that Sturdy Group will attempt its finest to win video games.

“We’re principally a school crew with imports. We are going to attempt to win it nevertheless it’s been powerful. Solely at the moment we had been full for the primary time. Guys had been sick or injured,” Tiu mentioned in a message.

Some members of the crew fly to Dubai on Wednesday, adopted by the remainder of the delegation on Thursday.

The Sturdy Group, owned by former Ateneo Blue Eagle Jacob Lao, opens its Dubai tilt towards the United Arab Emirates nationwide crew on Friday at 11 p.m. (Manila time).

Former NBA gamers Nick Younger, Renaldo Balkman, and Shabazz Muhammad lead the collegiate-laden squad, additionally composed of Korean Basketball League-bound Justine Baltazar.

Finishing the squad are Adamson star Jerom Lastimosa, reigning NCAA MVP Will Gozum and Migs Oczon of School of St. Benilde, College of the Philippines’ latest recruit Francis LeBron Lopez and his teammate JD Cagulangan, Blue Eagles BJ Andrade and Inand Fornillos, and Sedrick Barefield.

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