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WATCH: 2 Gilas entries in FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers top plays

Mar 01, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Andray Blatche and Japeth Aguilar stand out in the Philippines' campaign in the sixth and final window

TAKING CHARGE. Andray Blatche takes over in his return to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


After helping Gilas reach FIBA World Cup, Japeth Aguilar now engaged

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:11 AM

The Barangay Ginebra forward proposes to longtime girlfriend Cassandra Naidas upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ENGAGED. Japeth Aguilar can now call Cassandra Naidas his fiancèe. Photo from Instagram (@japethaguilar35)


WATCH: Red-hot Blatche featured in FIBA World Cup qualifiers top plays

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The naturalized player sets the tone for Gilas Pilipinas in its win over Kazakhstan by knocking down 5 triples in the maiden period

STELLAR GAME. Andray Blatche turns in a masterful performance as Gilas Pilipinas qualifies for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Sigh of relief for Guiao as Gilas gets FIBA World Cup job done

Feb 25, 2019 - 3:16 PM

It looks like the fiery mentor will keep his job after making it clear he's willing to drop his position as head coach if the Philippines failed to reach the World Cup

WATCH: Gilas blasts Kazakhstan to punch FIBA World Cup ticket

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Philippines gets the job done as it reaches the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time

LIKE A MAN POSSESSED. Andray Blatche submits arguably his best performance in a Philippine uniform. Photo from FIBA


Stars align: Gilas Pilipinas advances to FIBA World Cup

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:22 AM

(UPDATED) Everything works in the Philippines' favor as Gilas wins over Kazakhstan and Lebanon falls prey to Korea

PROMISED LAND. Andray Blatche proves his worth as he leads Gilas Pilipinas to its second FIBA World Cup appearance. Photo from FIBA



Goodbye FIBA World Cup if Gilas loses to Kazakhstan

Feb 24, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Even if the Philippines defeats Kazakhstan, Gilas' World Cup fate still relies on other teams

COMPLICATED. Gilas Pilipinas needs the right situation to reach the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - FIBA World Cup Qualifiers final window 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Gilas Pilipinas faces a must-win situation against Kazakhstan to stay in the World Cup race

Scottie out, Pogoy in for Gilas final lineup vs Kazakhstan

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:49 PM

After serving a five-game FIBA suspension, Roger Pogoy looks to make an impact as the Philippines faces a must-win situation in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Roger Pogoy (right) replaces Scottie Thompson for Gilas Pilipinas' clash against Kazakhstan. Photos from FIBA


China loss to Jordan complicates Gilas' FIBA World Cup chances

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Philippines won't clinch a World Cup berth by solely beating Kazakhstan in its last Asian Qualifiers game on Sunday

IF THE STARS ALIGN. Gilas Pilipinas has its fingers crossed as the battle for the remaining World Cup seats comes down to the wire. Photo from FIBA


SCENARIOS: Gilas blasts Qatar in World Cup qualifiers. What now?

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Given the right situation, the Philippines can advance to the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time

ONE LAST PUSH. Gilas Pilipinas has one game left to win to enhance its chances of qualifying for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Wondering why Fajardo barely played in Gilas match vs Qatar?

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The reigning five-time PBA MVP logs in only 3 minutes as the Philippines toys with Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

DEEP ROSTER. Even with June Mar Fajardo playing limited minutes, Gilas Pilipinas posts dominant win over Qatar to keep its FIBA World Cup bid alive. Photo from FIBA


Blatche: 'No bigger blessing' than playing for Gilas

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Missing the last two windows of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the former NBA player proves to be just what the doctor ordered in his emphatic return

BACK IN TOW. Andray Blatche dons the national colors for the first time since July 2017. Photo from FIBA


Even on world stage, Yeng Guiao couldn't escape ejections

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Despite getting thrown out, the fiery mentor leads Gilas Pilipinas to a 38-point thrashing of Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

BUSINESS COMPLETE. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas get the job done in Doha. Photo from FIBA


Gilas Pilipinas blasts Qatar by 38 points, keeps World Cup bid alive

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:47 AM

The Philippines rides on a sterling third-quarter display to thwart Qatar and fortify its campaign in the Asian Qualifiers

ROUSING COMEBACK. Missing the last two windows, Andray Blatche makes up for lost time for the Philippines. Photo from FIBA


Gilas banking on Filipino mob in Doha vs Qatar

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The Philippines kicks off the sixth and final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers eyeing a repeat win over Qatar

INCHING CLOSER. A win over Qatar will boost the Philippines' chances of reaching the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA World Cup Qualifiers final window 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Bookmark this page for live updates of the crucial FIBA World Cup qualifying match between the Philippines and Qatar

Norwood wants Gilas to savor moment in FIBA World Cup bid

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Having been to the World Cup in 2014, the veteran forward hopes this new batch of the national team gets the chance to experience the same things he did

VETERAN. Gabe Norwood looks to help the Philippines reach the World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


SCENARIOS: How Gilas can qualify for FIBA World Cup

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:03 PM

It's an uphill climb for the Philippines in its quest of reaching the World Cup. Here are the scenarios that await the national team in the Asian Qualifiers

BIG DREAMS. Gilas Pilipinas seeks to reach the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Thirdy, Barroca in for Gilas lineup vs Qatar

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The Filipinos look to stun the Qataris on their own turf in the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

PROVING HIS WORTH. Thirdy Ravena will debut for the Philippines' senior basketball team. Photo by Czeasar Dancel


Blatche returns to PH to reinforce Gilas

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The former NBA player will once again don the national colors after missing the last two windows of the World Cup qualifiers

NATURALIZED PLAYER. Andray Blatche will represent the Philippines anew in the international stage. Photo from Instagram (@butch_antonio)


'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA


Slim chances

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford to make any more mistakes if it wants to reach the 2019 FIBA World Cup

TOUGH BREAK. Yeng Guiao and the Philippine team are dealt a huge blow in their World Cup aspirations. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Major revamp

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao takes over the Gilas Pilipinas program as the 'best Philippine team' starts to take shape

NEW LOOK. A lot has changed in Gilas Pilipinas' roster in a span of months. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


FIBA drops the hammer

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

In the aftermath of the infamous Philippines-Australia brawl, basketball's world governing body hands down its decision

PUNISHED. The Philippines gets hit hard with the suspensions and sanctions handed down by FIBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler



Brawl that shocked the world

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Gilas Pilipinas and Australia figure in what's dubbed 'the worst basketball brawl' in recent years

FREE-FOR-ALL. Punches, kicks and even chairs are thrown between the Philippines and Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler




Gilas 'bad boyz' ready to return, says Andray Blatche

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The clamor to bring the former NBA player back to the national team has intensified as the Philippines enters the final stretch of the World Cup qualifiers

BAD BOYZ. Andray Blatche (left) claims that Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are ready for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from FIBA


Fajardo left in frustration after missed free throws in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP highlights the need to work on his foul shots, especially during endgame situations

MAJOR BLOW. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas fall to 4th place in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Arwind Santos on limited minutes in Gilas return: 'Sobrang bitin ako'

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The 37-year-old PBA veteran says he expected to play more minutes in the crucial second half of Gilas' home loss to Iran in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Arwind Santos returns to national team action for the first time since 2009. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Justin Brownlee for Gilas in World Cup qualifiers? It could happen

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:35 PM

With the Philippines fighting for its life in its World Cup bid, Yeng Guiao says the Barangay Ginebra import is an option for naturalized player

FILIPINO AT HEART. Justin Brownlee has expressed his desire to become a naturalized Filipino. Photo from PBA Images


Double whammy for Jayson Castro as he sustains injury in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The veteran guard delivers a team-high in points despite an ankle injury, but all that goes for naught as the Filipinos lose back-to-back in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Jayson Castro returns to the national team after serving a three-game suspension from FIBA. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Scottie Thompson rues error-filled endgame in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

The do-it-all guard commits a costly turnover that paved the way for Iran to keep the Philippines winless in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

DOWN THE DRAIN. Scottie Thompson's impressive game for Gilas Pilipinas goes for naught. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Gilas absorbs heartbreaker against Haddadi-less Iran

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Philippines slips to 4th place with a 5-5 record in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger leads Gilas Pilipinas in scoring. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


No Haddadi, Bahrami for Iran in clash vs Gilas

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:44 PM

The Filipinos may have just gained a perfect opportunity to get back on the winning track as Iran plays minus its top two stars

ABSENT. Hamed Haddadi and Nikkhah Bahrami will be missed by an Iranian side hoping to return to the winning track in the World Cup qualifiers. Photos from FIBA


Arwind Santos puts premium on defense in Gilas return

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Donning the national colors for the first time since 2009, the 37-year-old vows to apply everything he learned on the defensive end against Iran

VETERAN. Arwind Santos makes his return to the national team after a near-decade-long hiatus. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford another defeat against Iran after a surprising home loss to Kazakhstan

Standhardinger, Castro return to Gilas lineup vs Iran

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Four players from the Philippines' shock home loss to Kazakhstan are dropped

BACK AT IT. Christian Standhardinger will once again serve as the Filipinos' naturalized player against Iran. Photo from FIBA


Kazakh coach follows through in Gilas upset

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Promising a 'different game' after Kazakhstan absorbed a 37-point thrashing from the Philippines in the Asian Games, Renatas Kurilionokas keeps his word

CONFIDENT. Kazakhstan head coach Renatas Kurilionokas says 'we are winners' under the right circumstances. Photo from FIBA


Guiao 'not giving up' on Gilas' World Cup chances

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:57 AM

The Philippines' hunt for a World Cup berth just got tougher after a shocking home loss to Kazakhstan

MUST-WIN. Yeng Guiao wants Team Pilipinas to focus on its must-win assignment against Iran. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


After Kazakh loss, Gilas can't carry negativity to crucial Iran game

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The Philippines can't afford another defeat after falling to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

BOUNCE BACK. June Mar Fajardo aches for a rebound win against Iran. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas fails to defend homecourt vs Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifiers

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines falls to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F behind a 5-4 record

SCORING MACHINE. Stanley Pringle topscores for the Philippines. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Scottie Thompson hopes Ginebra's Never Say Die spirit rubs off on Gilas

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Four Gin Kings players will see action for the national team when it kicks off the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan

FAMILIAR FACES. Scottie Thompson looks forward to sharing the floor with his Ginebra teammates. Photo from FIBA


Slaughter: Playing with Fajardo in Gilas a 'dream come true'

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Considered fierce rivals from the collegiate scene to the PBA, the two towering centers will play together for the Philippines for the first time

GIANTS. Greg Slaughter (right) and June Mar Fajardo will combine for Gilas Pilipinas' Twin Towers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Fajardo) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Slaughter)


Guiao: Gilas needs to go beyond size upgrade

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may have more big men at its disposal, but national coach Yeng Guiao says the team needs to raise its level of play

TOWERING. (From left) June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram will form Gilas Pilipinas' frontcourt against Kazakhstan. Photos by Josh Albelda (Fajardo and Slaughter), Czeasar Dancel (Aguilar) and FIBA (Erram)


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Team Pilipinas aims to bolster its chances for a World Cup berth against a Kazakhstan team it crushed in the Asian Games


Fajardo, Slaughter star in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A towering Gilas Pilipinas squad will see action against Kazakhstan at the start of the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

GIANTS. June Mar Fajardo will form a formidable Gilas frontcourt with Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Yeng Guiao: PH to face 'tougher' Kazakhstan team

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'I don't think we're going to beat them as big a margin as we did when we beat them in the Asian Games,' the Gilas Pilipinas mentor says

DOMINANCE. Philippines' Stanley Pringle (R) pushes the ball past Kazakhstan's Maxim Marchuk (L) in their men's basketball preliminary Group D game between Kazakhstan and Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta last August 16, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP /

Gilas falls to Lebanon anew in tuneup game

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The Filipinos go 1-of-4 in their tuneup games over the week

BACK-TO-BACK. Japeth Aguilar and Team Pilipinas fall prey to Lebanon for the second straight time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


No Ian Sangalang for Gilas in 5th window of World Cup qualifiers

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

The big man recuperates from a right ACL injury he aggravated during Magnolia's semis clash against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors' Cup

ON THE SIDELINES. Ian Sangalang won't see action when the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas wins by default as Jordan walks out of tuneup game

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The game ended with more than 6 minutes left to play

ABRUPTLY ENDED. Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas win by default over Jordan. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler