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    Andray Blatche arriving next week for final stretch of Gilas preparation for Seaba

    Apr 25, 2017
    Andray Blatche is arriving next week to rejoin Gilas ahead of the Seaba tournament. Jerome Ascano

    ANDRAY Blatche won't be arriving until next week when Gilas Pilipinas already has its final lineup for the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship.

    Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said management deemed it wise to have the 6-foot-10 naturalized player arrived here by the first week of May when preparation for the May 12-18 showpiece in Manila is in full swing.

    Originally, Blatche was schedule to fly over on the last week of April. No dates have been fixed on when he will arrive.

    "The target is to get him here when we start full-time practice in May," said Antonio before Gilas Pilipinas departed for Cagayan de Oro early Thursday morning for the opening leg of the PBA All-Star week.

    "Besides it's the All-Star games, di rin naman siya makakalaro. Wala pa talaga siyang gagawin dito," added the longtime Gilas official.

    Coach Chot Reyes will be naming the national team's lineup for the Seaba tournament at the end of the second leg of the mid-season spectacle in Lucena this Friday.


    [See Chot plans to play Gilas Final 12 against PBA selection in Cebu game]

    Twelve players form part of the official roster including Blatche, although the team sees action against the Cebu All-Stars at the Hoopdome gym this Sunday as part of its first formal training together.

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    The 12-man team starts its full practice upon its return from the All-Star tour.

    Antonio said Blatche has already signed the papers signifying his commitment to play for Gilas anew.

    "I haven't receive it yet, but his handlers said Andray has affixed his signature already, and ipapadala na nila," he said.

    The Seaba serves as qualifier for the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon this August.

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    Andray Blatche is arriving next week to rejoin Gilas ahead of the Seaba tournament. Jerome Ascano
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