The Nationals will be without the naturalized player for almost a week after he left the country to honor his commitments with his Chinese team
Published 9:28 PM, February 11, 2019
Updated 9:28 PM, February 11, 2019
WAITING GAME. Andray Blatche will reunite with Gilas Pilipinas 5 days before its World Cup qualifying clash against Qatar. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas resumed its buildup for the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers on Monday, February 11, sans the services of naturalized player Andray Blatche.
The national team will be without the former NBA player for almost a week after he left the country for China on Monday to honor his commitments with Chinese Basketball Association team Tianjin Gold Lions.
Blatche, who had been practicing with Gilas since February 4, will be back as he reunites with the team in Qatar on February 16.
The Filipinos have less than a week to gear up for their must-win battle against the Qataris on February 21.
Only 10 men were present in the practice, headed by mainstays Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and Paul Lee.
Marcio Lassiter, Poy Erram, Raymond Almazan, Roger Pogoy, Mark Barroca, Thirdy Ravena, and Troy Rosario completed the squad.
Missing in action are Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar, who are coming off Barangay Ginebra’s out-of-town PBA game in Davao on Saturday, February 9, and June Mar Fajardo, who is feeling under the weather. – Rappler.com