No regrets for Gilas Pilipinas on Andray Blatche's non-inclusion vs. Iran

Paul Lintag on Dec 04, 2018 07:57 AM
No regrets for Gilas Pilipinas on Blatche missing Iran game
Blatche was left off the team by Guiao and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. While Andray was still serving his suspension from FIBA, he would have been available to play against the Iranians.

MANILA, Philippines --- As Gilas Pilipinas faced disaster in the latest window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, head coach Yeng Guiao stands by his decision not to include one particular player in his lineup.

The Philippines lost its last two home games in these Asian Qualifiers, first a shock upset at the hands of Kazakhstan and second, an epic collapse at the hands of Iran.

As it stands, Gilas Pilipinas is actually in danger of missing the World Cup as the national team falls to fourth place in Group F with an even 5-5 record.

As the losses piled up, many were naturally looking for Andray Blatche, Gilas' longtime naturalized center.

Blatche was left off the team by Guiao and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. While Andray was still serving his suspension from FIBA, he would have been available to play against the Iranians.

Still, Guiao stands by the move, despite the fact that Gilas just lost two home games.

"No regrets kami," he said on Blatche's non-inclusion to the national team.

"Once you make that decision, you should take all the responsibility. Walang namang balikan at sisihan diyan," Guiao added.

With the Philippines facing two must-win situations in early 2019, Blatche is naturally in play to make the national team.

He's been in consideration ever since, it just so happened that Gilas chose not to go with him in this particular FIBA window, specifically against Iran.

However, the national team is not expected to make any roster moves right now.

"Ever since naman, sinabi naman namin na he can always be considered," Guiao said.

"We have not gone that far as to make a decision doon sa sitwasyon. I don't have any biases for or against. I'm just going to make an evaluation based on what I feel is good for rthe team. Ganun lang ang ginawa ko." he added.

 

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