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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

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

Andray Blatche joins Gilas training early

Andray Blatche rejoined Gilas Pilipinas in practice a little over two weeks before the Philippines opens the third window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on the road against rival Chinese Taipei. According to Richard Dy of ESPN5, Blatche, who appears to be in good shape, is eyeing redemption against Australia, which blew out the Philippines, 84-68, four months ago in Melbourne. Blatche, who arrived in Manila on Saturday night, struggled against the Aussies in the first encounter, finishing with only eight points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field. READ:Suspended from Alaska, Abueva shows up at Gilas practice "Australia is a great team. They're tall, they're aggress...Keep on reading: Andray Blatche joins Gilas training early.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Blatche slated to arrive this weekend

Gilas Pilipinas expects naturalized player Andray Blatche to arrive this weekend to reinforce the country’s preparation for the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Blatche slated to arrive this weekend by Jonas Terrado Gilas Pilipinas expects naturalized player Andray Blatche to arrive this weekend to reinforce the country’s preparation for the third… link: Blatche slated to arrive this weekend.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

KaTropa s core plus Blatche will make Asian Games team

Aside from tackling the issue of Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension, the PBA Board also discussed the country's participation in the upcoming Asian Games. This year's edition, which will be in Indonesia, is set for August 18 to September 2, right in the middle of the PBA season. The Asian Games schedule, plus the fact that the third window of the World Cup Qualifiers will take place in late June and early July, presents a dilemma to league with regards to sending a team. The PBA Board has uninamously agreed to send a team to the Asian Games but they also want to be competitive there. Several suggestions have been presented but the best one to be decided is to send the core of one PBA team, which will then be reinforced by several other pieces including naturalized center Andray Blatche. TNT will be that team and the KaTropa will be reinforced by Blatche and select Gilas cadets. Alaska has also agreed to lend a player to the Asian Games squad. "There's several challenges on the Asian Games. One challenge is we had to make a decision whether we'd like to send a team in the Asian Games and in the home-and-away [FIBA] window," PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas said. "The other challenge was how do we send a competitive team," he added. Several options were considered by the PBA Board, including sending an all-cadet team with Andray Blatche. However, the issue of competitiveness was brought up. A selection of PBA teams was also explored however, the PBA couldn't afford to halt its schedule for almost two months in the middle of the season. Eventually, it was agreed upon that the core group of one PBA team will be sent to the Asian Games, with key reinforcements to make it competitive. That way, managing the schedule will be easier. "We decided to bring in the core team of Talk 'N Text then add a player from Alaska. At the same time get Andray Blatche," Vargas said. "When we saw the composition we said 'this will probably be very competitive,'" he said. "With the likes of Castro, Romeo, and Troy Rosario." The final lineup is yet to be revealed pending the review of Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Blatche beefs up Philippines in FIBA World Cup elims

Filipino naturalized player Andray Blatche, free from any commitment with the Chinese league on its break, is flying in from the US on the first week of June to once again lead Gilas Pilipinas in their games versus Chinese Taipei and Australia in the third window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Castro saves Gilas Pilipinas from Japanese invasion

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas is perfect at home so far despite yet another terrible start. The Philippines frustrated the visiting Japanase Sunday at the MOA Arena, scoring a hard-fought 89-84 win in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas bounced back from a previous loss to Australia to improve to 3-1, good for solo second place in Group B behind the Boomers. The win also allowed the Philippines to move on to the second round. The Akatsuki Five are still winless after four games. The Japanese were within two points, 84-86, with 31 seconds to go before Jayson Castro saved the Philippines once again, hitting a floater under duress to give Gilas a four-point lead in the final 10 seconds. Andray Blatche hit one of two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to complete the win for the Filipinos. "That's why we have Jayson. That's why we made sure Jayson is in this line-up," head coach Chot Reyes said. "We rested him the last game to make sure he was ready for tonight because he's our premier closer. He came through tonight," he added. Andray Blatche played his best game in these Asian Qualifiers, scoring a team-high 18 points on top of 16 rebounds to lead the Philippine attack in the second half. Blatche did his best work in the third period, pouring seven points and six rebounds as Gilas took an 11-point lead into the final 10 minutes. The Philippines needed every bit of that cushion as Japan fought until the very end, making sure Gilas worked for its second-straight home win. After Blatche, the returning Troy Rosario was the high man for Gilas, scoring 14 points in just 11 and a half minutes. Troy, playing his first game since his bad fall against Phoenix in the PBA that caused him to be confined to the hospital, drilled 10 points in the second period, leading the Philippines' bench mob. Speaking of the bench mob, Kiefer Ravena played a reserve role and added 13 points for Gilas while Castro finished with eight points, all in the second half. The Blur's "game winner" was his only make in the fourth quarter. Makoto Hiejima led the Japanese offense with 23 points while Ira Brown finished with 16. Daiki Tanaka, crucial to Japan's late fourth-quarter rally, ended up with 12 points. For the second straight game, the Philippines failed to start strong at home as the Japanese opened up an early 20-4 lead. And for the second straight home game, it was Ravena that sparked a quick rally for Gilas Pilipinas. The Phenom drilled two triples to ignite a 17-2 run for the Philippines to close the opening period, cutting the deficit to one, 21-22, after 10 minutes. Behind its bench, Gilas pounded the Akatsuki Five in the second quarter, scoring 18 straight points. The Philippines was leading by as many as 15 points after team captian Gabe Norwood buried a triple on the break, 41-26, before Japan responded with a blitz of its own to come to within two points, 41-43. Castro found TNT teammate Troy Rosario for a corner triple as Gilas took a five-point lead back to the locker room. Gilas will take a break now and will start the third and final window of the first round in June on the road against Chinese Taipei. The national team will then host the Boomers in a rematch at the Philippine Arena on July 2.     The Scores: PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18,Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0. JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0. Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Blatche heard the bashers so he bounced back big time for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines --- Andray Blatche has been subject of criticism for his continued struggles in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers. Well, he heard all of those and responded Sunday with his best game so far for Gilas Pilipinas, leading the Philippines to a pulsating 89-84 win over the visiting Japanese at the MOA Arena here. Blatche submitted his finest performance of these Asian Qualifiers so far, going for a team-high 18 points on top of 16 rebounds and five assists. The naturalized Filipino was emotional after a game, letting out a passionate roar at midcourt as the Philippines defended homecourt anew. Gilas is also through to the next round of the Qualifiers with the win. "It felt great. To advance, and definitely for being bashed the last 36-48 hours, [it felt great] just to get a win and get some of it off my shoulders," he said. "[It felt great] just to know I was able to help us get to the second round," Blatche added. Blatche has been through a tough stretch for the Philippines. In the opening window back in February, an out-of-shape Blatche played his worst game in a Pilipinas jersey against Taipei. This time around, Blatche is in better shape but is coming off an injury. The two games against Australia and Japan were his first pair of acutal in-game action since last year. "It feels great. For me, it actually feels great to get this win and play sort of well," he said. "t's been a long time since I've been playing on the court, just my second game since the first [window]. But this big for us to advance in the second round, I'm about to go back to China and start the [CBA] playoffs," Blatche added. With a better performance this time out, Blatche is not overly concerned about his critics. He says they'll find new ways to bash him. However, he's concerned about getting better for Gilas and the third window plust the second round of the Qualifiers will be the perfect place for him to once again prove that the trust placed on him is worth it. "I feel like I could do a lot better. It's a rhythm thing, I'm starting to get my rhythm back, starting to get my legs back. It was for of me trusting my injury, I left it alone and said forget it, if I hurt mysef I hurt myself. It's about confidence," he said. " I'm sure they're [bashers] going to find something else. But you know, all I can do is to continue getting better, stay focused," Blatce added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Castro returns to lead Gilas Pilipinas vs. Japan

AFter a one-game hiatus, Jayson Castro is back in harness for Gilas Pililpinas. The Blur will lead the Philippines Sunday in its homestand against the Japanese at the MOA Arena where the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers will continue. Castro sat out Gilas' showdown with Australia in Melbourne Thursday due to an ankle injury. The Philippines lost by 16. However, the Blur should be a welcome addition to head coach Chot Reyes' crew as Gilas Pilipinas look to bounce back and imrpove its record in Group B tp 3-1. Castro averaged 20 points in the first window back in November and was largely responsible for the first pair of wins recorded by the national team. Joining Castro in the final lineup against the Akatsuki 5 are Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, RR Pogoy, Kiefer  Ravena, Matthew Wright, Calvin Abueva, Allein Maliksi, and team captain Gabe Norwood. Jio Jalalon and Troy Rosario are also listed as active against Japan. Kevin Alas, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Abu Tratter will sit out the rest of the second window.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies

Having been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday. National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night. READ: Chot drops 'disinterested' Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg "Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday)," Reyes wrote. Naturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boom...Keep on reading: Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

Andray Blatche raring to bounce back for Gilas Pilipinas

After a terrible showing for Gilas Pilipinas last November, Andray Blatche is raring to bounce back for next week against Australia and Japan. Out of shape during the first window when the Philippins challenged the Japanese and hosted Chinese Taipei at home, Blatche has been working out in China where he plays for the Xinjian Flying Tigers. For the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the naturalized Filipino showed in great shape and is ready to go. "I just worked out twice a day the whole time in China preparing for this," Blatche said Tuesday after practice. "The last time I was here, the last two games, I was way out of shape and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to and it bothered me and I was very frustrated and I dedicated myself to this window," he added. Whil Blatche is in better shape now compared to last time, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says that his big man still has a lot to work on between no and next week when the national team takes on Australia in Melbourne. "Well, I liked his movement. You could see by the way he’s shooting the ball and his offense that he’s slowly getting in shape. But I think he still has to improve some more his ... he has to get his game legs under him, because before he came here, he was with his team in China but he was on the reserve list so he wasn’t really playing games," Reyes said of Blatche. "He was continuously practicing but he’s not in real game shape. We have a week before the Australia game to get him back into that. But the problem is we’re not able to play actual games, and the only way to get in game shape is to play actual games. That’s the dilemma that we’re facing," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Gilas facing same old problems ahead of Australia clash

The good news is that Andray Blatche is in his best shape for Gilas Pilipinas ahead of the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. The bad news, however, is that the Philippines is again pressed for time with a showdown against world No. 10 Australia just less than two weeks away. Starting Gilas' daily practices on Monday at Greenhills West Gym, Reyes shared that just like last time, he's trying his best to fast-track everything as he makes do with problems surrounding the availability of the players. "They will still all play until Sunday so you can imagine how hard it is for us to prepare," he said. "The PBA players are still going to be playing with the...Keep on reading: Gilas facing same old problems ahead of Australia clash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

TALE OF THE TAPE: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Japan

The Philippines and Japan are traditional basketball rivals in the Asian basketball scene. Unlike China and South Korea, Pinoys have had some success against the Japanese, including a two-game sweep in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships. Gilas 3.0 beat the Akatsuki Five in the second round of the Asian Championships two years ago and again in the semifinals. Japan will be out for revenge this time around as the opening round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers kick off Friday in Tokyo. With Gilas Pilipinas taking on Japan, see how both countries stack up against each other with this Tale of the Tape.   PHILIPPINES World rank: 30th Asian rank: 5th Points per game (from 2017 FIBA Asia Cup): 84.7 Rebounds per game: 37.3 Assists per game: 18.5 Steals per game: 7.3 Blocks per game: 3.7 Total Field goal percentage: 41.5 percent 2-point field goal percentage: 42.9 percent 3-point field goal percentage: 39.5 percent Free throw percentage: 79.7 percent Key players: Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo   JAPAN World rank: 50th Asian rank: 8th Points per game (from 2017 FIBA Asia Cup): 78.8 Rebounds per game: 34.3 Assists per game: 19.0 Steals per game: 9.5 Blocks per game: 3.5 Total Field goal percentage: 45.2 percent 2-point field goal percentage: 46.1 percent 3-point field goal percentage: 43.2 percent Free throw percentage: 78.9 percent Key players: Yudai Baba, Joji and Kosuke Takeuchi, Ira Brown   Gilas Pilipibas vs. Japan will be on Nov. 24, Friday, 6 pm (Philippine time) at the Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Blatche commits to FIBA qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines — Naturalized import Andray Blatche has agreed to play for Gilas all the way up to the third FIBA Asia/Pacific qualifying window next yea.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

Alab burns Gilas in closed-door tune-up game

Does this count as an upset? Alab Pilipinas appears to be more ready than Gilas Pilipinas as the Philippine representative for the Asean Basketball League won its closed-door tune-up game over the Philippine national team Saturday at the Meralco Gym. Alab scored an 81-76 win over Gilas as the team, coached by Jimmy Alapag, continues its prep for its second ABL season. After a third-place finish for its debut season last year, Alab will start fresh and will take on defending champion Hong Kong at the MOA Arena on November 19. Meanwhile, playing with an all-local unit, Gilas Pilipinas dropped its first and only exhibition ahead of the first window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueba, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Kiefer Ravena, RR Pogoy, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymond Almazan, and Kevin Alas suited up for Gilas. The national team opened camp last Nov. 3 and will play its first pair of games against Japan on the road on November 24 and against Taipei at home on November 27. After the Alab loss, Gilas is reportedly headed to Tagaytay next week for a 3-day isolated session. Naturalized center Andray Blatche is expected to arrive Sunday and he should be part of the out-of-town camp. Gilas Pilipinas will leave for Tokyo on November 21.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Andray Blatche unfazed of Australia side backstopped by Bucks duo

MANILA, Philippines – Australia proved to be Gilas Pilipinas' toughest test in the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. But just when it seemed it couldn't get any harder, the Aussies further beefed up their roster with NBA cogs Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova. Gilas' naturalized player Andray ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Redemption for Blatche

It took Gilas naturalized import Andray Blatche three lackluster games to finally regain a bit of his old form in the FIBA Asia/Pacific qualifiers for the 20.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Gilas five repeats over Japan

Against an enemy that simply refused to die, a Gilas Pilipinas crew that drew a lot of energy from its faithful throng continued to plod along in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers on Sunday night. Bouncing back from a flat start and surviving a sputtering finish that had a huge hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena sitting on pins and needles in the dying minutes, the gritty Filipinos outlasted Japan, 89-84, to fortify their hold of second place in Group B. After having what seemed like a disagreement with coach Chot Reyes in the second quarter, Andray Blatche let it all hang out in the second half, joining hands with Calvin Abueva in hitting clutch baskets that kept the game...Keep on reading: Gilas five repeats over Japan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018