Blatche muscles through Syria as Mighty-Pilipinas makes it two in a row

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 25, 2020 02:05 AM
Blatche muscles through Syria; Mighty makes it two in a row
(Photo courtesy of Mighty-Pilipinas)

Andray Blatche found no match, Saturday (Philippine time), powering Mighty Sports-Pilipinas right through Al Ittihad, 77-72, in the continuation of the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

Blatche posted a 28-point, 11-rebound double-double and pounded down Syria's undersized frontline.

Most importantly, the naturalized big man came through when it mattered most, hitting a long-range missile with 54 ticks to go that proved to be the final nail in the coffin of their opponents.

Fellow reinforcement Renaldo Balkman chimed in his own double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Filipinos began the invitational tourney with back-to-back wins.

BOX SCORES

MIGHTY-PILIPINAS 77 - Blatche 28, Balkman 15, Moore 9, Malonzo 6, Go 5, Ildefonso 5, Kendrick 4, Belga 3, Ravena 2, Williams 0, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0.

AL ITTIHAD 72 - Coleman 30, Merjaneh 9, Saddir 8, Cheikh Ali 6, Alhamwi 5, Adribi 4, Saleh 4, Arbasha 4, Jilati 2, Aljabi 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-23, 42-32, 59-47, 77-72.

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