Hot start needed for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas versus Chinese Taipei the last time was a close shave for the Filipinos.And with their return bout in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers on Friday to happen in Taipei, the Filipinos cannot afford to start the way they did last November when they barely scraped through.ADVERTISEMENT Blatche came in more than two weeks ago to reorient himself with coach Chot Reyes’ dribble-drive offense.If he is in better shape, the Filipinos should have little trouble dispatching the Taiwanese anew.Tickets have already been sold out, according to a report by while Taiwanese superstar Huang Tsung-Han has already declared victory.“This is my house,” the 23-year-old Huang told “In home games, the whole country will cheer for the players, and it will stimulate the players more.”Terrence Romeo also returns to National team duty after sitting out the November game because of a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Meanwhile, Ricky Dandan resigned as coach of Columbian in the PBA, saying that he will now concentrate with University of the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Young Asiad-bound athletes feted Home court will undoubtedly make the Taiwanese a better team in their third window clash at Taipei Heping Gym, where the enemy is embraced like gods and where the Filipinos are expected to encounter hostility.Gilas started out on a limp last November, trailing by 13 early and needing the heroics of Jayson Castro and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo to get the job done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAndray Blatche was a virtual non-entity offensively for Gilas, finishing with just six points.It was also one of the reasons why the game was close as Chinese Taipei got three players scoring in twin digits, with naturalized player Quincy Davis III shooting 20 points—12 in the first period. LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more