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FIBA WC Qualifiers: Slimmed down Andray Blatche out for revenge in 3rd window

Preparing for the third window of the FIBA World Cup, a visibly slimmer Gilas star center Andray Blatche is getting himself ready for a better performance against Chinese Taipei and beefed up Australia. The 6'11 center was interviewed by reporters after watching the Magnolia-TNT game at the Mall of Asia Arena, sitting near PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial at front row. Shortly before the game ended, the former Brooklyn Nets big man talked about facing the Australian national team in front of what should be a boisterous Gilas crowd at the Philippine Arena on July 2. However, things will be much different as the Boomers will be parading Milwaukee Bucks duo Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova, two months removed from their seven-game series loss against Eastern Conference finalists Boston Celtics. For Blatche, the game plan will be simple, and he hopes it will be enough against one of the top teams of the FIBA-Asia region. "I mean, Australia's already a tough team. They added two great talents, Thon Maker and Dellavedova. I mean, at the end of the day, we still have to come out and compete. Hit our shots and play tough defense. So, it's going to be up to us to control the games here at home and to hype up the crowd." Clutching his back and complaining about the pain, Blatche said that he had prepared for weeks and is starting to find his shooting stroke. " I mean, I decided to play again. Last month, I played again. I hadn't played in months. To play a lot, to practice a lot, to get thay rhythm again. I found my shots." After a sorry six-point performance at the hands of Chinese Taipei in a 90-83 win at the Big Dome last November, he has a message against naturalized center Quincy Davis III, who dominated the shaded lane with a 20-point and nine-rebound performance before fouling out. "Yeah, I got something at (Quincy) Davis."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 13th, 2018

Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window

MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas are on a tough bind in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with the team sitting at the fourth place of Group F and needing to win their last two games. Head coach Yeng Guiao also has the tough task of leading the national team into the enemy territories of Qatar and Kazakhstan for their last games but the fiery head coach is unconcerned of the difficult order. "I'm confident and I'm happy with this group of guys," said Guiao after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday before their trip. Guiao added that he's proud of what naturalized center Andray Blatche had done to be in top physical shape for the coming window. "...Keep on reading: Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 51 min. ago

Yeng Guiao says chemistry not an issue

Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said yesterday chemistry won’t be an issue when the national team plays Qatar on Feb. 21 and Kazakhstan on Feb. 24, both away from home, in the last window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers even as Andray Blatche participated in only a handful of practices......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

FIBA WORLD CUP: Blatche is Gilas’ game changer says Guiao

Reinforcement has arrived for Gilas Pilipinas in the name of Andray Blatche. The naturalized center has rejoined the national team as Gilas prepares for the 6th and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas needs two wins to have a chance at earning a spot in the World Cup and Blatche should be the one that gives the Philippines its edge. “He’s going to be the game changer,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said of Andray Blatche. “He's bringing in a lot of confidence, he's really lifting the morale of the team just because of his abilities,” he added. Even though Blatche only had his first official practice of the year with Gilas Monday, he’s coming along nicely says Guiao. Blatche has dropped by practices of NLEX and Rain or Shine over the weekend and that’s helped his accelerate his familiarization with Guiao’s system. The away games over at Qatar and Kazakhstan will be the first for Blatche under Guiao. “He's picked up on the plays really quick. One reason he practiced this morning with NLEX, we ran the same plays. On Saturday, he practiced with Rain or Shine we ran the same plays. So he's putting enough time and repetitions to be able to memorize the plays,” Guiao said. “I think he's just doing fine with the absorption of the system and the patterns, and getting to know the rest of the guys,” he added. Even as Gilas tries to make the most out of its with Blatche, Guiao is impressed with what he’s seeing so far. Andray is certainly set up to live up to his role as the national team’s game changer. “Nakita naman natin he's going to demand the double team definitely. I don't think there's anybody in the Kazakhstan team or the Qatar team that can stop him one-on-one,” Guiao said of Blatche. “We saw what his abilities are. He's an inside, outside guy. He's a very versatile player who can shoot and who can pass,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

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

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.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

Blatche, Barroca return to Gilas in 14-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines – Andray Blatche makes his keenly awaited return to Gilas Pilipinas as he spearheads the 14-man pool for the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February. Serving a 3-game suspension from FIBA and missing the fifth window after being left out of the previous ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Andray Blatche back in beast mode

After serving his three-game suspension stemming from the Australia fracas at the Philippine Arena last July, Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche is back in beast mode and ready to return to action for the national squad in the final window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Blatche back in beast mode

After serving his three-game suspension stemming from the Australia fracas at the Philippine Arena last July, Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche is back in beast mode and ready to return to action for the national squad in the final window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas | Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesThe Philippines will likely head into the final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with its full force after naturalized center Andray Blatche announced that hes back in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines will likely head into the final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with its full force after naturalized center Andray Blatche announced that he's back in the fold. In an announcement made through Theia Sports, h/t to Fiba, Blatche said he'll rejoin Gilas Pilipinas for their final two games of the tournament against Qatar and Kazakhstan. "It's confirmed! I'll be back to play for the Philippines in February!" announced Blatche. "Can't wait to win these two games for the best fans in the world!" The Philippines is in a precarious spot in Group F, holding on to fourth place a 5-5 record. Top three teams and the better of the four...Keep on reading: Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

Nothing final yet on Blatche s Gilas status, says Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Whether Andray Blatche will play for Gilas Pilipinas in the sixth and final window of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup remains to be decided. "Being considered but nothing final yet," national team coach Yeng Guiao told Rappler through text on Thursday, December 27, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

Gilas ‘bad boyz’ ready for duty, says Andray Blatche

Naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche said he and his former Gilas Pilipinas teammates Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo are "ready" for another tour of duty for the Philippine team. The 32-year-old Blatche even dubbed the three of them as "the bad boyz" in a post on his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon less than 24 hours since Gilas bowed to Iran in heartbreaking fashion in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. READ:Despite Gilas' 0-2 home stand, Yeng Guiao 'no regrets' over exclusion of Andray Blatche   View this post on Instagram   3 of us are missing I'm sure they ready as well let's do...Keep on reading: Gilas ‘bad boyz’ ready for duty, says Andray Blatche.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Andray Blatche says call anytime

Naturalized player Andray Blatche is eligible to suit up for the Philippines when Gilas faces Iran in the second contest of the fifth window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers at the MOA Arena on Monday but even as he will have completed his three-game suspension by then, the nine-year NBA veteran was left out of the 20-man national pool......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Pressure mounts for Guiao with 'best Philippine team ever'

Upon the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas' new 20-man pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have surfaced as well. And with good reason. The lineup currently looks like this, for those who missed it: Jayson Castro Paul Lee Stanley Pringle Alex Cabagnot LA Tenorio Matthew Wright Marcio Lassiter Ricci Rivero Scottie Thompson Gabe Norwood Troy Rosario Arwind Santos Japeth Aguilar Greg Slaughter June Mar Fajardo Beau Belga Christian Standhardinger JP Erram Ian Sangalang Kai Sotto It's certainly the tallest, most imposing, and perhaps most balanced pool in the whole of Gilas Pilipinas, and this is without regulars Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and RR Pogoy. So talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have some traction and members of the team are feeling it now even before their first practice session. Because if this is truly the Avengers version of Gilas Pilipinas, they have no reason not to impress. There's no Thanos in the Asian Qualifiers. "You know, you feel a little bit of pressure. Dapat malakas yung team na ito," head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. "On paper, it looks lke that [best Philippine team ever] but on paper is always different sa actual so nadadagdagan yung pressure sa akin pag ganoon. Though sabi ko nga, nandiyan naman parati yan [pressure], but we'll try to whip it into the best team that people expect it to be," he added. The best Gilas team ever can prove itself soon as the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the 5th window of the Asian Qualifiers. It's imperative for Gilas to score a sweep for a number of reasons. First, a sweep protects home court and second, beating Kazakhstan and Iran likely clinches Gilas' spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Finally, it's a chance to showcase what a unified national team can do. "Ang importante naman dito is manalo tayo sa Kazakhstan at sa Iran eh. Yun lang muna kasi I think pag nangyari yun, malaki na chance natin sa World Cup which is the ultimate objective anyway," Guiao added. With full support of the PBA and SBP, Gilas Pilipinas can form the ultimate team everytime. Now, it's just time to win. "Naniniwala ako na the strength of the national team is proportional to the strength of your professional league eh. Pag malakas ang professional league mo sa isang bansa, lumalakas ang national team mo because your pool really comes from your professional players, so it’s going to be a reflection of the PBA," Guiao said. "That responsibility is on our shoulders and we hope we can live up to it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Andray Blatche just waiting Gilas callup

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is one call away from re-acquiring the services of naturalized player Andray Blatche. The former NBA player said he was "war ready" as the Nationals resume their quest for a 2019 FIBA World Cup berth in the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers beginning late ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas out for revenge against tough Boomers

Thanks to recent developments, the Philippines-Australia rematch in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers just got more interesting. The Monday clash, set to tip off at 7:30 p.m. from the Philippine Arena, will be for first place in Group B. Gilas Pilipinas will enter with a strong 4-1 record, with the only blemish being a beating at tha hands of the Australians in Melbourne. The Boomers will also enter with a 4-1 mark, suffering a monumental upset against the Japanese last week in Tokyo. Australia should be eager to bounce back from that defeat and the team's lineup still does feature actual NBA talent in Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas will have old reliables Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Terrence Romeo on deck.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas Pilipinas dominates Taipei to set up Australia rematch

First-quarter woes continue to haunt Gilas Pilipinas but time and time again, the Philippines is finding ways to recover and win in the end. This time the victory was convincing as Gilas Pilipinas masterfully beat Chinese Taipei on the road, scoring a 93-71 decision Friday at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium for the third window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Philippines got off to a slow start anew and was down by as many as nine in the opening period. But with Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche at the lead, Gilas managed to settle down quickly and kept things close until the second quarter. Just before the end of the first half, the Philippines unloaded a telling 11-1 run to finally take over. Gilas was never truly threatened after that. June Mar Fajardo dominated the second half, scoring 11 points in the third as the Philippines slowly pulled away. Taipei kept things manageable heading to the fourth but Gilas finally dropped the hammer, taking the fight out of the hosts with a 25-11 bomb to win by 22 points, easily the best win for the national team in these Asian Qualifiers. "Well I think it was just due to some good preps," head coach Chot Reyes said. "Coming into this ball game we knew Chinsse Taipei will start strong. We just stayed with our game plan, our second unit played well," he added. Fajardo scored 22 points, his new FIBA career high, to lead Gilas in scoring while Jayson Castro added 15 points. Terrence Romeo came off the bench and added 14 points while Blatche had 13 points, 12 reboubds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks for a nice all-around performance. The win pushed Gilas to a 4-1 record, setting up the highly-anticipated rematch against Australia Monday at the Philippine Arena. With the Boomers taking a shock 78-79 loss to Japan on the road, the Philippines-Australia rematch will be for first place in Group B. Meanwhile, Taipei (1-4) and Japan (1-4) will square off to decide who moves on to the second round. For Taipei, Quincy Davis scored 17 points to lead the hosts.   The scores: Gilas Pilipinas (93) - Fajardo 22, Castro 15, Romeo 14, Blatche 13, Norwood 8, Wright 6, Rosario 5, Jalalon 2, Pogoy 0, Aguilar 0, Abueva 0, Malicsi 0. Chinese Taipei (71) - Davis 17, Lu 13, Chen Y. 11, Chou Y. 9, Chen K. 9, Yang 7, Tseng 3, Chou P. 2, Liu 0, Chiang 0, Su 0, Creighton 0. Quarters: 16-19, 44-37, 68-60, 93-71.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Blatche commits to Asiad

Former NBA center Andray Blatche said the other day he’s committed to play for the Philippines at the Asian Games in Indonesia on Aug. 18-Sept. 2 but will take a short break to go back to the US after the third window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup then return… link: Blatche commits to Asiad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Blatche commits to Asiad

Former NBA center Andray Blatche said the other day he’s committed to play for the Philippines at the Asian Games in Indonesia on Aug. 18-Sept. 2 but will take a short break to go back to the US after the third window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup then return here to rejoin Gilas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Almost perfect attendance in Gilas practice before flying to Taiwan

Both Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas cadets were out in numbers as they trained for the last time in Manila before going to Taiwan for the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Only the injured Mac Belo was not inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Monday for the Gilas Pilipinas practice in preparation for the third window of the Asian Qualifiers from late June to early July. Naturalized player Andray Blatche was in action and was joined by skipper Gabe Norwood, Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Also there were Calvin Abueva, Baser Amer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright. The Philippine national team is scheduled to depart for Chinese Taipei a week from now and they will take on the home team on June 29. They will then head home to gear up for a matchup with powerhouse Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Alongside the Gilas elite, Gilas cadets J-Jay Alejandro, Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter were also present in practice. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Blatche in tip-top for Gilas

Gilas Pilipinas is tipped to be in its best following the early arrival of naturalized player Andray Blatche and the return of Calvin Abueva with still two weeks before the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The sweet-shooting Blatche made true to his word and arrived Saturday to join Gilas Pilipinas’ training […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018