- Gilas Pilipinas will advance to the 2019 FIBA Wolrd Cup in China after beating Kazakhstan in a must-win game, 93-75
- Andray Blatche dished 41 points on his comeback game with the Gilas yesterday at the Saryarka Velodrome in Astana
- The Gilas has luck on their side as they got a bit of help from South Korea
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The Gilas Pilipinas beat Kazakhstan as their final assignment on the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers and will have their second appearance on the FIBA Wolrd Cup.
KAMI learned that they were on the fourth spot in Group F with a 6-5 win-loss standing. With that being said, they needed to be the best fourth place among the teams from Groups E and F.
Luckily, the Gilas Pilipinas gained from South Korea's win against Lebanon with 84-72.
Andray Blatche immediately pulled the trigger after firing 5 triples right on the opening salvo. He scored 23 points on the first half. It was still tight as they ended it 45-40 against the home team.
Blatche didn't see the stoplight despite having 4 fouls before the 3rd quarter ended as he continues to punish Kazakhstan on the inside game. He wrapped the game up together with Jason 'The Blurr' Castro's 15 points contribution. Notching the spot to the 2019 FIBA World Cup, 93-75.
The Gilas Pilipinas ended with a 7-5 win-loss record in Group F behind Australia (10-2), Japan (8-4), and Iran (8-4). They made it to the FIBA Wolrd CUP as they finished having a better standing than Lebanon (6-6) in the other group.
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The FIBA Wolrd Cup will start later this year in China and this will be their second appearance. They have also qualified to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain by defeating South Korea in the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA - Asia Championships.
Watch the highlights of their game here:
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