Team PH to compete in maiden FIBA Esports Open

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will compete against 16 other nations in the inaugural FIBA Esports Open from June 19 to 21 as the best NBA 2K players showcase their virtual basketball wares. 

Team Philippines will be bannered by Rial "Rial" Polog Jr (SG), Philippe "Izzo" Alcaraz IV (C), Clark "Clark" Banzon (PF), Custer "Aguila" Galas (SG), Aljon "Shintarou" Cruzin (PG), Rocky "Bak" Braña (C/PF), and Al "Alt" Timajo (C/PF). 

Polog and Alcaraz both ruled the NBA 2K Asia Tournament, while Banzon and Galas earned spots in the NBA 2K League Asia-Pacific Invitational earlier this year. 

Cruzin, Braña, Timajo are also accomplished players in the local NBA 2K circuit. 

All Team Philippines members boast of 99 overall NBA 2K counterparts – the highest rating players can attain in the game. 

The other participating countries are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cyprus, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

Games will be played remotely using the Pro-AM mode – with the players allowed to fully customize their avatars, uniforms, and arenas. 

Team Philippines will face Indonesia first on June 19. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.