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.
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.