WATCH: Fearless Jayson Castro slashes for and-1 play

MANILA, Philippines - Jayson Castro let the Philippines know early that he would not be intimidated by playing against the fifth-ranked France.

"The Blur" blew past France's Thomas Heurtel for an and-1 play which put France back on its heels in the second quarter of their showdown in Group B of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines on Tuesday, July 5.

Castro finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go along with 3 assists but the Philippines dropped its first match, 93-84.

The Philippines will face New Zealand in a must-win match on Wednesday as the country seeks its first trip to the Olympic basketball tournament since 1972. –