Bleu Blanc Tour – The Gilas Experience.

The main reason we headed to the French Riviera was because of the Bleu Blanc Tour, a basketball invitational tournament where the Philippine Gilas Team would be competing with basketball powerhouses like France, Australia and Ukraine. It was a rare chance to see the Gilas players go head to head against the basketball giants of the other countries. The invitational was also in preparation of the upcoming FIBA world championships to be held in Spain. The event was held in Azur Arena in Antibes, France. As expected, the event wasn’t sold out so we ended up being able to “upgrade” our seats and got as close as to the first few rows behind the scorer’s tables. Notable NBA players that we saw were Andre Blatch, Dante Exum, Boris Diaw, Luc Longley and much more! We ended up watching two games Gilas games, the first one against France and the second one against Ukraine. The first game was definitely a great experience as the Gilas team almost pulled an improbable upset against the former European champion. Here’s the pictures of our Gilas experience!

The Venue: Azur Arena

The Venue: Azur Arena

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Lots of festivities outside the arena.

Lots of festivities outside the arena.

I can only wish I was that tall.

I can only wish I was that tall.

Former NBA Finals MVP, Tony Parker.

Former NBA Finals MVP, Tony Parker.

Our good friend Aldrin proudly waving the Philippine Flag.

Our good friend Aldrin proudly waving the Philippine Flag.

Time to get ready for the game.

Time to get ready for the game.

Ryu enjoying the game.

Ryu enjoying the game.

My favorite player from Gilas, Paul Lee.

My favorite player from Gilas, Paul Lee.

Former Chicago Bulls Center, Luc Longley!

Former Chicago Bulls Center, Luc Longley!

It's game time!

It’s game time!

Go Pilipinas!

Go Pilipinas!

Huddle up.

Huddle up.

Gilas Pilipinas.

Gilas Pilipinas.

Father of one of the Gilas players, Marc Pingris.

Father of one of the Gilas players, Marc Pingris.

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