MANILA, Philippines – Following the electric and intense National Finals event that showcased the extraordinary skills of Filipino streetballers, Red Bull Philippines secured Team TNT Tropang Giga of the Men’s Division and Team Uratex Dream of the Women’s Division as the representatives of the country. The two teams will carry the nation’s flag at the highly anticipated World Finals of Red Bull Half Court in Belgrade, Serbia this September 16 to 17, 2023.
TNT Tropang Giga exhibited remarkable resilience throughout the tournament. In an intense, winner-takes-all match against the formidable CAVITEX Braves, both teams battled it out, with TNT Tropang Giga coming out on top with a close final score of 20 to 21. TNT Tropang Giga will consist of Reuben Chester Saluda, Luis Lorenzo III Gonzaga, Rodel Samboy De Leon, and Lervin Yambao for the World Finals.
In the Women’s Division, Uratex Dream solidified their mark, as they dominated their opponents in a masterclass-like display of teamwork and skill. Comprising of Kaye Pingol, Mikka Cacho, Samantha Harada, and Blanche Bahuyan, the team proved to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the tournament. The team’s resounding victory over Team FILA was considered the nail in the coffin as Uratex Dream secured their spot as the Women’s Division champions.
Looking ahead to the World Finals in Serbia, both TNT Tropang Giga and Uratex Dream are fueled with motivation and ready to showcase their talents on the global stage. With the pride of the Philippines on their backs, these athletes embody the essence of streetball and are determined more than ever to bring honor to their homeland.
The World Finals of Red Bull Half Court 2023 are set to take place in Belgrade, Serbia from September 16 to 17, 2023, and will be streamed live on Red Bull’s TikTok account (@redbull) on September 17, 9:40 PM CET. TNT Tropang Giga and Uratex Dream are poised to face off against the best of the best streetballers from around the world, vying for the ultimate championship and the title of the best streetballer team in the world.