Esteban Batista and the national team: the difficulty of the United States and the victory “cannot be postponed” against Puerto Rico

The Uruguayan basketball team prepares to continue on his way to the 2023 World Cup in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia and in the prelude to a new window in which it should be measured in the first instance before USA and then before Puerto Ricoannounced the final list of summoned for the first commitment.

In this sense, Rubén Magnano’s team will have these 12 players available: Luciano Parodi, Agustín Ubal, Jayson Granger, Joaquín Rodríguez, Santiago Vescovi, Martín Rojas, Diego Pena García, Emiliano Serres, Gonzalo Iglesias, Sebastián Ottonello, Esteban Batista and Kirill Wachsmann.

“Bruno Fitipaldo, Salvador Zanotta and Joaquin Osimani they will join the delegation in preparation for the match against Puerto Rico”, affirmed the Uruguayan Basketball Federation.

The match against the North American team will be on Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 p.m. in Las Vegas, while on Monday, August 29, they will host Puerto Rico at the Antel Arena at 8:10 p.m.

In dialogue with Ovación, Esteban Batista, one of the referents of this Uruguayan team, referred to the hierarchy of the first opponent: “The difficulty is going to happen everywhere because they are a very athletic team, very physical and talented. For us it is going to be a very hard test, we know it, we are going to prepare ourselves in the best way, play the best game possible because a very heavy defeat can complicate you in the future, ”he began. And he added: “That’s why we have to be competitive and not let go of the accelerator because the points for and against add up a lot and we don’t have to neglect any of that. Then the match will tell what possibilities we have and what we have to fix for a very important match with Puerto Rico”.

On the other hand, about Joaquín Osimani and Salvador Zanotta, two of the new faces on the preliminary list, Batista commented: “They are high-ranking players, who have had the merits to be in the summons, we are going to receive them in the best way as a team, that they connect as quickly as possible and can contribute what allowed them to reach the national team”.

Finally, he referred to the local procedure against Puerto Rico: “It is one of the games that we have underpinned as urgent in our desire to achieve the goal of going to the World Cup, it is also a very tough rival, but we play at home, with our people. and that has to have a value for us and the other team; It is a bullet that we cannot waste, we hope to be at the height of that match”.

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Esteban Batista and the national team: the difficulty of the United States and the victory “cannot be postponed” against Puerto Rico