FIBA: Blatche takes blame for “no Puso” in brutal World Cup loss to Italy

Paul Lintag on Sep 01, 2019 01:24 PM
FIBA: Blatche takes blame for “no Puso” in loss to Italy
Naturalized center Andray Blatche, who simply wowed in his first World Cup five years ago, was simply out of it to open his second appearance with Gilas in the World Championships. (FIBA)

The Philippines-Italy game to start the 2019 FIBA World Cup was a thing of beauty if you’re a fan of the Azzurri.

If you’re a fan of Gilas Pilipinas, it’s a game you want to forget.

Gilas folded in less than 10 minutes of game time as the Italians played near-perfect basketball. And save for a few bursts of energy in the PBA’s top-two rookies in CJ Perez and Robert Bolick, there’s nothing much to celebrate for the national team.

Naturalized center Andray Blatche, who simply wowed in his first World Cup five years ago, was simply out of it to open his second appearance with Gilas in the World Championships.

Dray shot decently on the floor, going for 6/13 from the field for 15 points to go aloing with 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

However, his energy and overall body language wasn’t there. To make things worse, Blatche had nine turnovers and was a minus-39 in 30 and a half minutes of play.

Andray took responsibility over the loss and vowed to make it up for the 100 million disappointed Filipinos.

“I take 100 percent responsibilty in that game,” Blatche said on his social media account Sunday morning.

“No energy or puso, that’s on me no excuses. I owe better to all of you,” he added.

With the Italy loss, Gilas’ chances of making the next round took a major hit.

The Philippines’ will also not get it any easier as the national team takes on world no. 4 Serbia Monday to resume Group D play.

 

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