Gilas Pilipinas beat Japan led by Andray Blatche

Andray Blatche vs Japan

Gilas Pilipinas beat Japan, 89-84 at home in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Andray Blatche led Gilas with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Troy Rosario scored 14 points (6/9 FGs) while Kiefer Ravena contributed 13 points and 5 assists. Jayson Castro with just 8 points including crucial back-to-back three-pointer in the 3rd quarter to keep Japan at bay and a big shot in the final minutes of the game.

Philippines outrebounded Japan, 47-29 but committed more turnovers, 15-12.

Calvin Abueva and Gabe Norwood with 8 points each. Philippines finished Window 2 of the FIBA Qualifiers with a 3-1 record. With this win, Gilas Pilipinas will advance to the next round of the Asian Qualifiers while Japan is now eliminated.

Next game will be against Chinese-Taipei on the road on June 29 and Australia on July 2 at home.

Game Scores:
Philippines 89 – Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.

Japan 84 – Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0.

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