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Blatche to beef up Gilas anew in FIBA qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas will once again call up Andray Blatche to beef up the squad when they compete in the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers next month.

The Philippine national team returns to action on February 22 against powerhouse Australia and they have already begun preparing through weekly practices.

Andray Blatche. ABS-CBN News File Photo
Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio confirmed Monday that they are calling up Blatche for the road game against Australia and the home game against Japan.

"We have already made communication," said Antonio.

According to Antonio, they have sent a letter to Blatche's mother team, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, through the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). While they have yet to reply, he is upbeat that Blatche will be released in time to play for Gilas.

"In our letter, we identified pretty much when we start our daily practice, when we hopefully want to have him in, when we plan to leave for Australia and when he comes back and when he gets back to his mother team in China," said Antonio.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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