Argentina’s basketball team forward Patricio Guarino assured on Wednesday that “it will be a litmus test” in the first game of the series against Canada, which is in line with the 2023 World Cup qualifiers to be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
Guarino insisted that the match against Canada, slated to be played in Victoria on the 25th of this month, “is a litmus test for the group due to the level of the opponent and the long journey involved, and insisted that we should Have to be ready. We know it will be very difficult, that almost all of them are NBA players and they have evolved a lot over the years.”
The player from the Mar del Plata perimeter, currently at Basket Girona, also expressed his “excitement” for the opportunity to prepare and play in his hometown, where the second match of the window will be played against the Bahamas on Monday 29.
Along the same lines, Nicolas Bursino (guard from Gran Canaria, Spain), another mentioned by coach Nestor “Che” García, said that the group “feels comfortable” with the idea of the game being coached, and assured that in Canada. Dueling against would be the “fundamental” defensive aspect “and not losing so many balls”.
The Argentine team continued their practice in the city of Mar del Plata today, looking to cross with Canada and the Bahamas at the end of the month. The team, led by Nestor “Che” García, trained in the morning at the Islas Malvinas Sports Center at the seaside resort where they have been since Monday after four days of preparation in Bahia Blanca.
The Mar del Plata Sports Center exercises, along with physical and tactical routines, called for another 12: Guards Facundo Campazo (Denver Nuggets, USA), Nicolas Laprovitola (Barcelona, Spain) and José Villadoza (Flamengo, Brazil) ; shooting guards Leandro Bolmaro (Utah Jazz, USA) and Carlos Delfino (Libertus Pesaro, Italy); forwards Gabriel Deque (Real Madrid, Spain), Juan Pablo Voulet (BAXI Manresa, Spain) and Maximo Fjellerup (Basket Girona, Spain); Power forwards Tomas Chapero (Bosco Sports Association, Spain) and Juan Francisco Fernández (Fuenlabrada, Spain), and interns Marcos Delia (BC Wolves, Lithuania) and Tyvek Galizzi (Córdoba Institute).
Argentina have a 5–1 record in the qualifying stage en route to the World Cup to be jointly held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10, 2023. (Telam)