FIBA WORLD CUP: Blatche rejoins Gilas Pilipinas for first official practice of 2019

Paul Lintag on Feb 05, 2019 07:56 AM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Blatche rejoins Gilas Pilipinas
Blatche is in town as the national team prepares for the sixth and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas currently has a 5-5 record and sits fourth in Group F.

Gilas Pilipinas finally shifts into higher gear.

Naturalized center Andray Blatche has officially rejoined the national team Monday after arriving to the country late last week.

Blatche is in town as the national team prepares for the sixth and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas currently has a 5-5 record and sits fourth in Group F.

Gilas has two road games coming up against Kazakhstan and Qatar and to say that both games are a must-win would be a major understatement.

If the Philippines is to make the World Cup for the second straight time, the national team has to get the job done on the road.

Joining Blatche in practice were Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, RR Pogoy, Mark Barroca, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, Raymond Almazan, and June Mar Fajardo.

Also in attendance but didn’t participate were Paul Lee and Japeth Aguilar. Lee is nursing a hand injury while Aguilar is recovering from a sprained ankle.

 

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