Blatche takes responsibility for no ‘puso’ in blowout to Italy

Delfin Dioquino
Blatche takes responsibility for no ‘puso’ in blowout to Italy
Andray Blatche offers no excuse after accounting for 9 of Gilas Pilipinas' 23 turnovers in their 46-point loss to Italy


FOSHAN, China – Andray Blatche offered no excuses and took the blame for Gilas Pilipinas’ lackluster play in an atrocious 46-point loss to Italy in the FIBA World Cup here on Saturday, August 31. 

Blatche, who shared topscoring honors with CJ Perez, paced the Filipinos in the 62-108 blowout with 15 points on top of 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists. 

However, he accounted for 9 of their 23 turnovers and recorded a team-worst plus-minus of -39 in his 30 minutes of play. 

“I take 100% responsibility in that game. No energy or puso,” Blatche, alluding to the team’s puso (heart) battle cry, posted on Twitter hours after taking a beating from Italy. 

“That’s on me. No excuses. I owe better to all of you.” 

Blatche and the Philippines, though, face an even tougher task against Group D favorite Serbia as they try to redeem themselves on Monday, September 2, at the GBA International Sports and Cultural Center here. 

Serbia also hacked out a 46-point victory of its own after kicking off its World Cup campaign with a no-mercy game against Angola. 

At 0-1, the Philippines is hard-pressed to win its final two games against Serbia and Angola in order to advance to the second round.

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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.