SBP: Blatche's preparation for final window 'very encouraging'

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio is happy to see Andray Blatche back in the fold.

Panlilio personally met with Andray Blatche at the Edsa Shang-rila Hotel on Tuesday to discuss how important the next window is for Gilas Pilipinas.

"It was a positive and lively conversation. We talked about the next two games and its implication. We are aligned in our objective to ensure victories against Qatar in Doha and Kazakhstan in Astana," Panlilio narrated.

The SBP president added he has been pleased with Blatche's mindset approaching the last two games of the World Cup qualifiers.

"I am personally pleased with what I saw and his preparation for his tour of duty is very encouraging. I've been monitoring his games in China and he is in good basketball shape. I am confident that with Andray on-board, the much needed victories are achievable," Panlilio added.

"We are determined to make it to the 2019 World Basketball in China. We owe it to the Filipinos who have been supporting Smart Gilas Pilipinas through thick and thin. Our backs are against the wall and we need prayers from everyone to help us win games. Para sa bayan (For the country)."