WATCH: 2 Gilas entries in FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers top plays

Delfin Dioquino
Andray Blatche and Japeth Aguilar stand out in the Philippines' campaign in the sixth and final window

TAKING CHARGE. Andray Blatche takes over in his return to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the sixth and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers wasn’t short of highlight-worthy plays. 

And Andray Blatche and Japeth Aguilar stood out as the Philippines punched its World Cup ticket with rousing back-to-back victories over Qatar and Kazakhstan. 

Blatche grabbed a spot in the top 10 with his sterling first-quarter display in the Philippines’ 93-75 triumph Kazakhstan that saw him knock down 5 triples, the last coming off a steal and over two defenders. 

Aguilar, meanwhile, showed off his bounce in the international stage with a reverse no-look jam off a nifty bounce pass from Jayson Castro in the Philippines’ 84-46 romp of Qatar. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.