With both teams winless after three games in the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas and Puerto Rico are desperate to secure their first victories of the tournament. With the loser facing certain elimination from Group B contention, both teams are in a must-win situation.
Puerto Rico will be led by former New York Knick and PBA import Renaldo Balkman, who is banned from the PBA for choking Petron Blaze teammate Arwind Santos in 2012.
Gilas had a rest day after their heartbreaking loss to Argentina on Monday night which saw Ranidel De Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag step up in big shooting exhibitions which had the third-ranked team in the world rocked on their heels.
Naturalized Gilas center Andray Blatche has said his right knee, which was hurt against Croatia in their opening game, is feeling better while Puerto Rico reels from injuries to starters Carlos Arroyo and Angel Vassallo.
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