Andray Blatche is back in Gilas Pilipinas uniform and immediately made an impact as he helped Philippines logged its first win in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
If the first half action are all Gilas Pilipinas, the start of the start of the third quarter was controlled by Japan’s Akatsuki Five. Yudai Baba, Makoto Hiejima and Tenketsu Harimoto led the Japanese comeback and even took the lead.
However, Andray Blatche and company didn’t want to go home and got beaten by their opponent which have the home-court advantage.
After committing several turnovers, Blatche decided to go all the way as he made an attempt to beat the buzzer.
Ryusei Shinoyama was guarding Blatche as he crosses the half-court line then as he approaches Shinoyama, Blatche quickly did a spin move that caught his defender by surprise.
After that quick dribbling turn Blatche is just a bounce away from the three-point line. He wasted no time and releases a shot and swish.
Blatche finished the game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists along with his 3 steals and 3 blocks.