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NLEX’s Jericho Cruz added to Guam FIBA Asia Cup roster

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:34 PM

Jericho Cruz brings his act to the international stage again, but it won't be for the Philippines

Jericho Cruz. Photo from PBA Images

PH, Chooks set to host FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters leg

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Expected to compete in the event are some of the world's best 3x3 clubs, including Liman, Novi Sad, Riga Ghetto, and NY Harlem

REPRESENT. Local teams will also play in the Manila Masters. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


FIBA lists Dickel, Arespacochaga, Trunic to coach Gilas’ ACQ

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:51 PM

Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic are listed as part of the Gilas coaching staff for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

AT THE HELM. (from left to right) FIBA lists Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic as the coaches of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2020 FIBA Asian Cup Qualifiers. Photos from PBA Images (Dickel), Josh Albelda/Rappler (Arespacochaga) and FIBA (Trunic)

Fajardo still a 'big part' of Gilas despite exclusion in new pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:22 PM

June Mar Fajardo won't see action in the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers, but the SBP assures the San Miguel star remains part of its future plans

WELL-DESERVED REST. June Mar Fajardo will take a break from Gilas Pilipinas to start the new year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Pingris surprise addition to Gilas Pilipinas' new 24-man pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:59 PM

As Gilas Pilipinas moves forward with a younger team for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Marc Pingris may have been tapped to impart his knowledge and experience

BACK AT IT. Marc Pingris returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Magsanoc appointed Gilas 3x3 Olympic qualifier coach

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:41 PM

PBA legend Ronnie Magsanoc hopes to steer the Philippines to a historic run in the 3x3 basketball Olympic qualifier

AT THE HELM. Ronnie Magsanoc looks to whip the national 3x3 team in competitive form in two months. File photo

Pasaol, Munzon banner PH 3x3 Olympic qualifier pool

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Looking to make history, the Philippines aims for a spot in the inaugural staging of 3x3 basketball in the Olympics

HOPEFULS. The Philippine 3x3 pool members vie for a spot in the Olympic qualifier roster. Photo release

Thirdy Ravena seeks overseas career in buildup for 2023 FIBA World Cup

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:37 PM

SBP president Al Panlilio says Thirdy Ravena wants to better himself to become a 'major contributor' for Gilas Pilipinas in the next World Cup

DETERMINED. Thirdy Ravena is already preparing for the next FIBA World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Next Gilas Pilipinas coach remains a question mark

Jan 04, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Gilas Pilipinas has yet to tap even an interim coach for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in February

GUESSING GAME. There is a small chance that Tim Cone might call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas anew. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas Pilipinas, SBP moving on from Blatche

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The SBP and Gilas Pilipinas eye a different naturalized player for the qualifiers of the FIBA Asia Cup starting in February

THE END? Andray Blatche may have played his last game for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup last year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women denied graceful exit after 78-point loss to China

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women end up winless in 3 games in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament

LOPSIDED. Janine Pontejos and Gilas Pilipinas could not catch a break, suffering another blowout loss. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women drop Olympic hopes after 39-point loss to South Korea

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women remain winless in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, losing a combined 96 points in two games

BLOWN OUT. Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas suffer another lopsided loss, this time at the hands of South Korea. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women quashed by New Zealand in FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying opener

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women fail to recover from a 32-point halftime deficit as New Zealand gains a share of the lead in Group A with Korea

BADLY BEATEN. New Zealand proves too strong for Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas Women. Photo from fiba.basketball


Pogoy wishes hot shooting in PBA translated to FIBA World Cup

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Roger Pogoy has been lighting it up from deep since he returned from the World Cup to help keep TNT unbeaten

SPOTLESS. Roger Pogoy and TNT have yet to lose in the PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas Women score breakthrough win to cap off FIBA Asia Cup

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:35 AM

The Philippines topples host India to retain its place in Division A

ALL SMILES. Gilas Pilipinas Women will not go home without a win. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas expectedly misses Olympic cut as Serbia leads qualifiers pool

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The Philippines won't see action in the Olympic qualifiers after failing to make the cut in the FIBA wild card

Photo from fiba.basketball

PH preparations for FIBA World Cup hosting underway

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The 2023 hosting could not have come at a better time for Gilas Pilipinas, which will seek redemption on home soil after finishing dead last in China

BIG STAGE. The Philippines will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan and Indonesia. Photo from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' Facebook page


Spain World Cup win, US woes blow Olympic basketball wide open

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:48 PM

USA will shoot for a fourth straight Olympic gold, but standing in its way are contenders Spain, Argentina, France, and Australia

KINGS OF BASKETBALL. Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit with a gold in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


MVP Rubio says World Cup winners Spain 'had biggest heart'

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Ricky Rubio leads Spain to its second FIBA World Cup crown with averages of 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals

AT THE TOP. Ricky Rubio and Spain are world champions again. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gasol claims rare NBA-World Cup double as Spain crushes Argentina

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Marc Gasol joins Lamar Odom as the only players to win an NBA title and a FIBA World Cup championship in the same year

CHAMPIONS. Marc Gasol and Spain are kings of international basketball once again. Photo from fiba.basketball


Spain trounces Argentina to recapture FIBA World Cup crown

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Ricky Rubio and 5 other players breach double figures as Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit

CHAMPS AGAIN. Marc Gasol and Spain deny Luis Scola and Argentina the FIBA World Cup title. Photo from fiba.basketball


France turns back Australia for FIBA World Cup bronze

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Led by Nando de Colo and Evan Fournier, France storms back from 15 points down to stun Australia

PODIUM FINISH. Evan Fournier and France replicate their third-place finish in the last World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Australia's Bogut to be investigated for FIBA World Cup rant

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'In this case there will be a disciplinary procedure,' says FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis on Andrew Bogut's World Cup outburst

IN TROUBLE. FIBA starts its investigation on Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Argentina – FIBA World Cup 2019 Championship

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Argentina and Spain duke it out for the gold medal in a do-or-die final at 8 pm on Sunday, September 15

HIGHLIGHTS: Australia vs France – FIBA World Cup 2019 Battle for 3rd

Sep 14, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Australia and France vie for the bronze medal at 4 pm on Sunday, September 15

USA slinks out of FIBA World Cup with lowest-ever finish

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Led by Donovan Mitchell, USA ends its campaign with a win over Poland to wind up at 7th place

Photo from fiba.basketball

Spain's Gasol on verge of rare NBA-World Cup double

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Marc Gasol may be poised for a rare feat – winning the NBA crown and a FIBA World Cup in the same year

ENDURING. Marc Gasol admits the long basketball has been tough, but it’s 'all worth it.’ Photo from fiba.basketball

Calls for Bogut ban after Australia's crushing World Cup loss

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:27 PM

A video footage shows Australian star Andrew Bogut swearing and accusing FIBA and its referees for favoring Spain in the semifinals

CONTROVERSIAL. Australian NBA standout Andrew Bogut may face sanctions. Photo from fiba.basketball

Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15 AM

'We are just going to win some and lose some,' NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Team USA's failed World Cup title defense bid

TOUGH RUN. Team USA gets relegated to a battle for 7th place. Photo from fiba.basketball

Scola stars as Argentina thwarts France for FIBA World Cup finals berth

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola chalks up game-highs in points and rebounds to catapult Argentina to its third World Cup finals

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. Luis Scola and Argentina will face Spain in the FIBA World Cup finals. Photo from fiba.basketball


Sports wRap: Yeng Guiao steps down from Gilas, the UAAP is back and wild

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Naveen Ganglani and Agatha Uvero look back at Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup campaign and the thrilling UAAP opening week

Spain boots out Australia in 2OT to reach FIBA World Cup finals

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio take over in the extra periods to power Spain past Australia in the knockout semifinal

Photo from fiba.basketball

Team USA basketball star hits out at 'slander, disrespect'

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:55 PM

A member of deposed World Cup champion USA says they're the ones 'who stepped up to the plate when others stepped down'

LAST SHOT. Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker hope to close out Team USA’s failed title defense bid with a win. Photo from fiba.basketball

USA plummets to worst World Cup finish after loss to Serbia

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Team USA won't finish any higher than 7th as Serbia adds to the deposed champion's World Cup woes

Photo from fiba.basketball

HIGHLIGHTS: Argentina vs France - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Successful in eliminating title favorites Serbia and USA, Argentina and France duke it out in the knockout semifinals at 8 pm on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Australia - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Spain and Australia face off in a knockout semifinal duel at 4 pm. on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


USA faces Olympic questions after World Cup flop

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The debacle in China raises the pressure on the US to lock in NBA A-listers or risk missing out the Olympic gold

MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED. Team USA, which settled for second-tier NBA stars, fails in its bid for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo from fiba.basketball

Australia surges into World Cup semis for first time

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Behind Patty Mills, Australia avoids becoming a surprise casualty against the Czech Republic in what has been an unpredictable World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Patty Mills and Australia hit Czech Republic with a reality check in the World Cup quarterfinal. Photo fro fiba.basketball

Filipino ref officiates anew as France eliminates USA

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Bong Pascual calls the game in another USA match in the FIBA World Cup

STUNNING WIN. Rudy Gobert and France show the door to the USA out of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Major upset: France dethrones USA in FIBA World Cup quarters

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:18 PM

It's the end of the road for Team USA as France deals the reigning champions their first World Cup loss in 13 years

UPSET. Jaylen Brown and Team USA fail to get France out of their way. Photo from fiba.basketball

Brothers propel Spain at World Cup – but it's not the Gasols

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pau and Marc Gasol may be in the twilight of their brilliant careers, but Spain boasts another set of standout siblings

Yeng Guiao steps down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The search for a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach begins as Yeng Guiao resigns from his post after failing to steer the team to a win in the FIBA World Cup

FAREWELL. Yeng Guiao says he is sorry that Gilas Pilipinas could not deliver a better performance. Photo from fiba.basketball


Stunned Serbia buckled under World Cup expectations, says coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Coach Sasha Djordjevic says Serbia may be a great squad but it sometimes 'does not help' to be tagged as favorite

NBA star Nikola Jokic (right) and the Serbians bow out in the quarterfinals. Photo from fiba.baketball

Ricky Rubio makes history to lead Spain to World Cup semis

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Spain gears up for a semifinal showdown against Australia or Czech Republic after a record-setting run with Ricky Rubio

RECORD BREAKER. Ricky Rubio becomes the all-time World Cup leader in assists. Photo fro, fiba.basketball

Argentina ousts Serbia behind Scola in 2019 FIBA World Cup

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola provides the spark as Argentina crushes Serbia's bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown

GOLDEN GENERATION. Luis Scola is the last active member of Argentina's 2004 Olympics champion team. Photo from FIBA

NBA star Gasol slams Mediterranean migrant inaction

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'I'm not thinking about governments but people, the risk they take when they take to the sea for a journey that is almost suicidal,' says Spanish center Marc Gasol

SEND HELP. Spanish NBA star Marc Gasol denounces European countries that consistently refuse to allow civilian rescue vessels to dock. Photo from FIBA

Guiao: Shooting, quality big men what Gilas Pilipinas needs in future

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:41 PM

In the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines ranked second to last in three-point percentage – a department where half of the top 10 are at least 6-foot-8

HEARTBREAKING RUN. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas end their FIBA World Cup campaign without a single win. Photo from fiba.basketball


LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas arrives in Manila after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Gilas Pilipinas is back in Manila after a winless 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign

HOME, SWEET HOME. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao (left) and Kiefer Ravena make their way out of the airport. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greece seeks to ban referees after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos accuses referees of disrespecting NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo

FOULED OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo fouls out as Greece ends its bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown. Photo from FIBA

Popovich 'thrilled' as U.S. qualifies for Tokyo 2020 basketball

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Team USA secures a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth as it chases its 4th straight FIBA World Cup crown

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers leads US against the Brazilians with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Photo from FIBA