FIBA: Every win counts for Gilas Pilipinas as World Cup nears
Paul Lintag on Aug 23, 2019 09:29 PM
Against an athletic 36ers team, Gilas got a glimpse of things that work and things that won’t within their current system. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Gilas Pilipinas’ first game against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers has served its purpose.
The Philippine national team got valuable input as it played its penultimate tune-up game ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
Against an athletic 36ers team, Gilas got a glimpse of things that work and things that won’t within their current system.
“I felt like it was a good practice for us. Good practice game,” center Andray Blatche said.
“We see some of our weaknesses and some things we got to fix and be better at,” he added.
Against the 36ers, Blatche posted strong all-around numbers of 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists.
The stat that carried more weight though is the number nine, which was Gilas’ final margin of victory against Adelaide.
“Overall I feel like we competed, we stayed in the game, no matter how tough times got, we didn’t lose our composure,” Blatche said.
“And we came away with the win and that’s the most important thing, the win,” he added.
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