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Blatche looks to use Spain tour to gauge match fitness ahead of FIBA worlds

Andray Blatche will measure his readiness for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Andray Blatche looks forward to Gilas Pilipinas Men's upcoming trip to Spain to see if he is now ready fitness-wise for the FIBA World Cup.

"Honestly, I can only go off the road when we leave to Spain and get to have some warm-up games to see where exactly I am and just go from there," Blatche said on Friday during the press launch of the Philippine stop of the FIBA World Cup Trophy Tour at the Lighthouse Restaurant inside the Meralco office.

The said press conference was the first time Blatche got to answer questions from the media since he rejoined the national team.

Currently, Blatche is making the most out of his stay, his lengthiest so far, by doing practices with Gilas Men and NLEX plus some individual conditioning in between.

"I've been putting the work with NLEX and a couple of times with Gilas, so it will boil down in Spain," continued Blatche.

With him bouncing around playing in China and returning home in the United States in the offseason, Blatche's game shape has been closely monitored by Gilas fans when he arrives.

But a reinvigorated Blatche showed up in Gilas' practice for the sixth window of the World Cup qualifiers, and it translated to his best performance so far as naturalized player as the team booked a place in the main tournament in China.

Assessing him in his first practice back last week, Coach Yeng Guiao thinks Blatche is already in game shape.

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