LOOK: Andray Blatche is back in Manila to help reinforce Gilas Pilipinas
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2019 10:24 PM
Help is here in the form of 6'11" bigman and longtime Gilas Pilipinas reinforcement Andray Blatche. (File Photo)
Right on schedule.
Gilas Pilipinas reinfrocement Andray Blatche has arrived in the Philippines Friday evening, as expected, to join the preparations for the final window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
SBP's Butch Antonio confirmed the development via Instagram, as the former NBAer is seen posing for a photo next to the SBP deputy and Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao.
The big man will offer a huge boost for Gilas as they continue to gear up for the two matches abroad against Qatar on February 21, and Kazakhstan on the 25th.
This will be the first time Blatche will play under Guiao, and they hope to speed up the process of improvement as the last two games in the sixth and last qualifying window are ‘must win’ matches for the Filipinos.
Gilas is set to return to practice next week, and a series of tune-ups in the Middle East are also planned for the squad.
The national squad is in dire need of a victory after losing two heartbreakers last December at the hands of Kazakhstan, 92-88, and Iran, 78-70, sending the FIlipinos to fourth place with a 5-5 card in Group F behind Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3) and Japan (6-4).