Andray Blatche to join Gilas for Fiba Qualifiers in February

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio guaranteed that the 31-year-old center will be available for the national team’s tough draw against Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne and a rematch versus Japan on February 25 at home at Mall of Asia Arena.“We have already made communication,” he said as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has already reached out to Blatche’s mother ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAntonio is confident that there won’t be problems when it comes to Blatche’s availability with a new protocol in place.“We sent a letter already and we’re just waiting for their response because that’s the protocol now. You have to write a letter to the team through the CBA and you will just have to wait for their reply, but more often than not, they will release him. It’s just a matter of when,” said Antonio. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Antonio said that SBP has detailed to the CBA when the Gilas Pilipinas needs Blatche to join its training and when he can return to his mother team in China.“The general notion in the CBA is when one team releases, everybody who’s part of a national team gets released all at the same time. It cannot be later. It can be earlier if the team allows, but more often than not, they’ll all be released at the same time,” he said.Blatche has seen limited action this CBA season with Xinjiang due to his hamstring injury, averaging 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks in 20.5 minutes of action in the five games.He last played on December 1 in the Flying Tigers’ 99-115 defeat to Jiangsu Nangang Dragons.But the soft-spoken executive is upbeat that Blatche will be at full strength once rejoins Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERSo far, Andray Blatche is still the man for Gilas Pilipinas.The naturalized center is expected to don the national colors in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in February.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lady Chiefs eye elims sweep OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “We’re in touch with his agent and he seems OK. I think he has healed,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img

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