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AJ Edu 'most probably' suffered ACL injury, says SBP chief

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The Filipino-Nigerian started for the Philippines in its first match against Greece in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, but hurt his knee on a drive attempt early

BIG LOSS. Gilas Pilipinas Youth standout AJ Edu sustains what appeared to be a knee injury early in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Sandy Arespacochaga takes over as Batang Gilas coach

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The former Ateneo Blue Eaglets mentor will call the shots for the national youth team that will see action in the FIBA World Cup under-19 tournament

MOTIVATOR. The SBP says Sandy Arespacochaga is a ‘natural teacher’ who works well with young players. File photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

MVP wants Tab Baldwin to coach Batang Gilas

Dec 08, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'This is my personal view: I think that Tab should be the Batang Gilas coach because he’s very good with the young kids,' says SBP chairman emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan

GAME CHANGER. Tab Baldwin leads the Ateneo Blue Eagles to two UAAP championships. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PH stuns China but crashes out of FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The Nationals finish at third place in Group C behind China and Slovenia

IMPROVEMENT. Ricci Rivero and the Philippines end its campaign in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup at third place in Group C. Photo courtesy of FIBA


Ricci Rivero, PH clinch first win in FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The Nationals need to win against world No. 5 China in their final elimination round game to bolster their chances of a quarterfinal berth

WINNING TRACK. Ricci Rivero and the Philippines finally notch a win in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup. File photo courtesy of FIBA


Ricci Rivero, PH winless in first day of FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Ranked 19th out of the 20 competing teams, the Filipinos fall prey to world No. 1 Serbia and world No. 5 Slovenia

RUDE WELCOME. Ricci Rivero and the Philippine team drop their opening day games in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup. Photo courtesy of FIBA


China exacts revenge on Batang Gilas to take bronze

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippines is headed to the 2019 World Cup U19 for finishing in the top 4

FOURTH-BEST. Kai Sotto and Batang Gilas missed out on the podium. Photo from FIBA

Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its first loss in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

FIRST SETBACK. Australia proved too strong for AJ Edu and Batang Gilas. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Fans remind the young players that there should be no repeat of the embarrassing ‘basketbrawl’

SOLID SHOWDOWN. Batang Gilas, already assured of a World Cup berth, vies for a title slot against fellow unbeaten team Australia. Photo credit from FIBA

Batang Gilas nails World Cup berth

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:27 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine basketball youth team books a trip to the FIBA U19 World Cup with rout of Bahrain

Batang Gilas a win away from FIBA U19 World Cup berth

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:27 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine basketball youth team needs to win against Bahrain to advance to the world stage

ON A ROLL. The unbeaten Batang Gilas squad continues to show that the future of Philippine basketball looks good. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas stuns China to clinch FIBA U-18 Asia quarterfinal spot

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Philippine national youth team defeats the 11-time Asia Championship titlist

BREAKOUT GAME. Dave Ildefonso explodes for 18 points to defeat the 11-time Asia Champion China. Photo by FIBA

FIBA Asia U18: Batang Gilas rolls past UAE for 2nd win

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team shares the Group B lead with powerhouse China

YOUNG STALWARTS. AJ Edu and Kai Sotto power Batang Gilas to a second straight victory. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas routs Lebanon in FIBA Asia U18 opener

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team dazzles in its 22-point drubbing of Lebanon

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT. New Batang Gilas recruit Dalph Panopio showcases an all-around game against Lebanon. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas twin towers Kai Sotto, AJ Edu ready to roll

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:20 AM

The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto and 6-foot-10 AJ Edu make an imposing frontcourt as Batang Gilas kicks off its bid in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

CHEMISTRY. AJ Edu and Kai Sotto (back row, 3rd and 4th from left) hope talent and team chemistry will help Batang Gilas secure a world berth. Photo from Edu Facebook account (@ajedu15)

Batang Gilas' Panopio is as Pinoy as you can get

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Filipino-Italian Dalph Panopio is ready to represent the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship

KEY COG. Newcomer Dalph Panopio looks to play a key role in Batang Gilas’ campaign. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Batang Gilas campaign hopes to 'heal wounds'

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The Philippine youth basketball team vies to make the country proud in the FIBA Asia Under-18 after a tumultuous Gilas run

LOFTY GOAL. AJ Edu and Batang Gilas shoot for the country's first U19 World Cup berth in 39 years. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

FIBA Asia U18: Key additions Edu, Panopio boost Batang Gilas bid

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu and Fil-Italian Dalph Panopio bolster the Philippine basketball youth team bannered by Kai Sotto

TOWERING STAR. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto banners the national under-18 team anew, just weeks after leading the squad’s campaign in the FIBA U17 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team wraps up its campaign with back-to-back wins to finish 13th overall

STRONG FINISH. Raven Cortez and Batang Gilas dismantle New Zealand by 22 points. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas escapes Egypt for first World Cup win

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The also-ran Philippine basketball youth team salvages a win in the classification match as Kai Sotto drops a monster double-double

NEXT CHALLENGE. The Batang Gilas squad bannered by Kai Sotto faces New Zealand next in a battle for 13th place. Photo from FIBA

Elite Canada side eliminates Batang Gilas

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:18 AM

The second-ranked youth basketball team blasts the Philippine squad by 40 points in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ELIMINATED. Canada’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe (left) floats over Joshua Lazaro and 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto during their 40-point destruction of Batang Gilas in the knockout Round of 16. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas drops heartbreaker to Argentina

Jul 04, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Host Argentina keeps the Philippines winless in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ONE FOR THE FANS. Leading scorer Juan Francisco Fernandez (left) savors host Argentina’s first win in the FIBA U17 World Cup at the expense of RC Calimag (right) and Batang Gilas, who finished winless in the group phase. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas falls to France by 41 points

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:48 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its second loss in two days in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Philippine standout Kai Sotto struggles with 7 points and 6 rebounds against France after a 20-10 debut. Photo by FIBA

Croatia annihilates Batang Gilas in FIBA Under-17 World Cup opener

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The Philippine basketball youth squad absorbs a by 22-point whipping against the world’s 10th-ranked boys’ team

RUDE WELCOME. Batang Gilas’ 7-foot-1 phenom Kai Sotto (left) backs up on Croatia’s 6-foot-7 Matej Bosnjak during their lopsided duel. Photo by FIBA

Batang Gilas captain Forthksy Padrigao primed for world spotlight

Jun 30, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The 16-year-old standout vows to strive harder in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup 2018

TEAM PLAYER. As the Philippine basketball youth team skipper, Forthsky Padrigao says he's prioritizing his teammates. Photo by NBA Philippines

Kai Sotto headlines tallest Batang Gilas lineup yet for World Cup

Jun 29, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The 7-foot-1 Ateneo high school standout leads a towering Philippine quartet in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

STANDOUT. Kai Sotto heads 4 Batang Gilas players standing above 6-foot-7. Photo from FIBA Asia

Kai Sotto braces for tough World Cup grind

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The 7-foot-1 standout thinks teammates Forthsky Padrigao and Carl Tamayo will also play key roles in the under-17 world basketball tournament

NO PRESSURE. Facing the world's best may not be easy, but Kai Sotto thinks the Batang Gilas players have all put in the work. Photo from FIBA Asia

Batang Gilas first-timer Carl Tamayo ready to take spotlight in World Cup

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The versatile 6-foot-7 youngster is finally suiting up for the Batang Gilas squad, just in time for the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina starting June 30

THREE POSITIONS. Batang Gilas first-timer Carl Tamayo. Photo by John Remil Isaga/Rappler

Kai Sotto leads FIBA Asia U16 in 3 departments

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Kai Sotto establishes himself as one of Asia's best budding big men as he lords over the efficiency, blocking, and rebounding departments of the tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the efficiency, rebounds and blocks departments in the 2018 FIBA U16 Asian Championships. Photo from FIBA


Batang Gilas settles for 4th in FIBA Asia U16 after rout by New Zealand

Apr 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Batang Gilas will see action again in the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina from June 30 to July 8

TOP 4. Batang Gilas settles for 4th place in the 2018 FIBA U16 Asian Championships after getting demolished by New Zealand. Photo by FIBA

Batang Gilas falters vs China, fails to book FIBA Asia U16 finals ticket

Apr 07, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Batang Gilas will face New Zealand for 3rd place in the 2018 FIBA U16 Asian Championships

ALMOST. Kai Sotto registers another 20-20 performance but it is not enough for Batang Gilas to beat China for the finals berth in the FIBA U16 Asian Championships. Photo by FIBA


Calimag clutch lifts Batang Gilas past Japan in FIBA U16 Asia Q’finals

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Batang Gilas is now guaranteed a semifinals spot in the FIBA U17 World Cup

VICTORY. Christian Calimag celebrates their win against Japan on April 6, 2018. Photo from FIBA Asia.

Batang Gilas beats Hong Kong to clinch FIBA U16 Asia Q’finals clash vs Japan

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Batang Gilas moves on to the quarterfinals against a dangerous Japan team

VICTORY. Batang Gilas beat Hong Kong, 103-61, at the FIBA U-16 Asia Tournament in Foshan Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium, on April 5, 2018. Photo from FIBA

Australia wallops Batang Gilas by 30 to advance to FIBA U16 Asia q'finals

Apr 04, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Batang Gilas, which drops to 1-1, must fight for a quarterfinals berth

DRUBBING. Batang Gilas fails to secure an outright quarterfinals berth in the FIBA U16 Asian Championships with a rough loss to Australia. Photo from FIBA


Sotto, Cortez lead way as Batang Gilas survives Malaysia in FIBA Asia U16

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Kai Sotto has 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks while Raven Cortez adds 12 points and 12 rebounds in Batang Gilas' opening win

TOWERING. Kai Sotto drops 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks as Batang Gilas escapes Malaysia in the FIBA U16 Asia Championships. Photo from FIBA


Batang Gilas star Padrigao shifts wings: From Baby Falcon to Blue Eaglet

May 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Forthsky Padrigao hopes to soar even higher with his new team

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Batang Gilas defeats Malaysia, ends SEABA U16 tournament undefeated

May 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Batang Gilas seals SEABA U16 in first place and secures a slot in FIBA Asia U16 tournament

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Indonesia – 2017 SEABA Championships

May 17, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Get updates on Gilas Pilipinas virtual gold medal match against Indonesia as well as Batang Gilas final game versus Malaysia in the 2017 SEABA Championships

Batang Gilas still unbeaten, clobbers Thailand by 67 points in SEABA U16

May 17, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Batang Gilas secures a 3 0 record behind Christian Calimag and Rafael Go s 20 points apiece

UNDEFEATED. Batang Gilas towers above all as it marks its third win in the SEABA U16 tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Vietnam – 2017 SEABA Championships

May 16, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Catch updates of Gilas Pilipinas match against Vietnam as well as Batang Gilas game versus Thailand on Day 6 of the 2017 SEABA Championships

Coach Oliver unsatisfied with Batang Gilas performance against Indonesia

May 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver says the team needs to adjust in terms of offense and lineup in the coming games

MORE. Despite being unbeaten in the SEABA U16 tournament, Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver says the team still needs a lot of work. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Batang Gilas slays Indonesia in SEABA U16 tournament

May 15, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Batang Gilas remains undefeated in SEABA Under 16 Championship tournament

STANDING TALL. Kai Sotto persistently tries to score despite all guards defending the rim. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Batang Gilas coach happy for Filipinos playing on Singapore's U16 team

May 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Batang Gilas didn t just defeat Singaporeans They also beat fellow Filipinos

PINOYS ABROAD. There are 3 Filipinos on Singapore's U16 basketball team: Reuben David Faustino Amado (#0), David Macaraig Chuabio (#4), and Jack Williams Santiago Lacsado (#7). Photo from PBA Images

Introducing the Batang Gilas for SEABA U16 Championship

May 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Meet the Philippines representatives for the 2017 SEABA Under 16 Championship

Batang Gilas batters Singapore by 66 points in SEABA U16 opener

May 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Kai Sotto leads Batang Gilas with 17 points and 5 rebounds

DOMINATION. The Philippines dominated a Singapore team for the second time in two days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: What Batang Gilas practice looked like before SEABA

May 14, 2017 - 4:04 AM

Here s a sneak peak at one of the Under 16 team s practices just days before the much awaited SEABA tilt

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Malaysia - SEABA 2017 Championships

May 13, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Catch Batang Gilas debut in the U16 tournament as well as Gilas Pilipinas third match against Malaysia in Day 3 of the 2017 SEABA Championships

Oliver admits Batang Gilas lacks ‘camaraderie’ but ready for SEABA U16

May 10, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The 6 foot 11 Kai Sotto and 6 foot 8 Geo Chiu provide serious height for the Philippines team

HEIGHT IS MIGHT. Batang Gilas coach Michael Oliver hopes 6-foot-11 Kai Sotto will "dominate the shaded area." File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto towers above the competition for Batang Gilas

May 09, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The 14 year old Kai Sotto stands 6 foot 11 and has basketball hopes higher than his height

POWER. The 6-foot-11 Kai Sotto says he continues to improve his game and is focusing on his speed. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto to debut with Batang Gilas at SEABA U16

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Batang Gilas will be gunning for a fourth straight SEABA title having won all editions of the tournament since 2011

DEBUTING. Kai Sotto, who stands at 6-foot-11, will play for Batang Gilas at the SEABA U16 tournament. Photo from Sotto's Facebook