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War Ready: Andray Blatche expresses desire to suit up for Gilas once again



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Andray Blatche is just waiting for a phone call from Gilas Pilipinas.

The naturalized center expressed his willingness to suit up for the Philippine national team through a very short yet loaded message through his Instagram account on Monday.

Blatche, 32, will be cleared to play for Gilas in their FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers’ rematch with Iran on December 3 as his three-game suspension from that infamous brawl last July is about to end.

Returning to the fold along with the former NBA cager are Troy Rosario, Terrence Romeo, and Jayson Castro.

“War ready waiting for that phone call for these two upcoming games,” said Blatche in his post, which comes with a photo collage of him in action for Gilas in their previous Qualifier games.

In the Qualifiers’ first round, Blatche normed 11.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. His best game of the first round was their second game versus Japan, where he had 18 and 16.

When he was suspended, though, Gilas had Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle as their naturalized players. They took turns playing in the second round versus Iran and Qatar.

With Blatche about to come back, head coach Yeng Guiao will have another “good problem” to face.

Gilas is set to prepare for the sixth window of the Qualifiers, which will be this November 30 and on December 3 versus Kazakhstan and Iran, respectively. Both games are here in Manila.

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