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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

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

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

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

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

Yeng gives Gilas near-perfect grade in World Cup qualifiers run-up

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:16 PM

With their backs pressed against the wall, the fiery mentor believes his wards mean business in the final window

BIG DREAMS. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas look to pull off back-to-back wins in away matches against Qatar and Kazakhstan to achieve their World Cup goal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Gilas manhandles Meralco in final tuneup for World Cup qualifiers

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Nationals head into the last window of the World Cup qualifiers with their confidence at a high

WAR READY. Gilas Pilipinas proves it is ready for war in the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Meralco settles for 4th place in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Meralco Bolts suffer another heartbreaker from the Seoul SK Knights that cost them the bronze medal

SCORING LEADER. Diamond Stone leads the Meralco Bolts to cap off the team's campaign in the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Photo from FIBA

Meralco loses FIBA Asia Champions Cup finals spot to Iran's Petrochimi

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Bolts, though, can still end their stint on a high note with a bronze medal

TOUGH BLOW. The Meralco Bolts miss the services of Allen Durham when it matters most as he fouls out. Photo courtesy of FIBA

Meralco wrecks Al Riyadi for FIBA Asia Champions Cup semis spot

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Winless in their first two games, the Bolts march on to the semifinals with a 33-point romp of the Lebanese club

DEADSHOT. Scoreless in Meralco's previous loss, KG Canaleta rises to the occasion with 18 points behind four triples. Photo courtesy of FIBA

Meralco falls prey to Japan's Alvark in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Imports Allen Durham and Diamond Stone combine for 59 points but the Bolts remain winless

WASTED. Allen Durham sees his 31-point, 12-rebound and 2-block performance go down the drain. Photo courtesy of FIBA

Meralco bows to Thailand's Mono in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Bolts saw their last-ditch comeback effort fall short against a determined Mono side

LUCKLESS. Losing three games in their ongoing Governors' Cup campaign in the PBA, Baser Amer and the Meralco Bolts still couldn't catch a break. Photo from FIBA

Tough battle ahead as Meralco reps PH in FIBA Champions Cup

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Bolts will face defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, CBA kings Liaoning Flying Leopards and KBL champs Seoul SK Knights

REPPING THE FLAG. The Meralco Bolts will represent the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. File photo from PBA Images

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

Gilas Pilipinas preparations spared from PBA board squabble

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The five teams which support the embattled PBA Commissioner – San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Globalport and Kia – vow all their players are available for Philippine team duties

FOR COUNTRY. San Miguel promised their prized big men and other players as well will be available for the national team.

Chooks to Go Pilipinas trounces Thailand, finishes 5th in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Isaiah Austin saves the best for last as he registers 37 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks

FIFTH PLACE. Chooks to Go finishes the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in fifth place. Photo from

Chooks to Go Pilipinas destroys Dubai, sets up Thailand rematch for 5th place

Sep 29, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The Philippines can now fall no further than sixth place

EASY WIN. LA Revilla had a perfect game in the win over Dubai, scoring 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting. Photo from

Blatche on not suiting up against Chooks to Go: 'I can’t play against my Filipino people'

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:53 PM

Andray Blatche chose flag before club in sitting out China Kashgar's game against Chooks to Go Pilipinas

KUYA ANDRAY. Andray Blatche opted to sit out the game rather than help his Chinese club defeat the Philippine team. Photo from

Blatche-less China eliminates Chooks to Go Pilipinas from contention

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:12 PM

China Kashgar, playing without Gilas big man Andray Blatche, cruise to an 86-70 win in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup quarterfinals

OUSTED. Chooks to Go Pilipinas will play for fifth place on Friday after losing to China Kashgar. Photo from

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Quarterfinals

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Tune in for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs China Kashgar on Thursday, 7:30 pm

Petrochimi blows out Chooks-to-Go in their last elimination round game

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:41 PM

Chooks-to-Go ends the game with a 19-point deficit

BLOW OUT. Iran walks away with the victory and stands on top of Group A. Photo from FIBA Basketball

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:03 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Iran's Petrochimi on Tuesday, 9:45 pm

Carl Bryan Cruz white-hot from three, lifts Chooks to Go Pilipinas over Thailand

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Chooks-to-Go Philippines holds a 2-1 record in the league

STELLAR. Carl Bryan Cruz provides 26 points on a stellar 8/11 clip from three. Photo from FIBA Basketball

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Thailand - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Thailand's Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Sunday, 2:30 pm

Chooks to Go Pilipinas falls to Palestine in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:57 PM

The Philippine team fails to recreate last night's magic, falling to Sareyyet Ramallah.

FALLING SHORT. Isaiah Austin added 13 points, 8 rebounds and two blocks but was seen limping to the locker room at halftime. File photo by Bounty Sports

'Sorriest team I ever played against': Netizens rage after Astana import bashes PH team

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:47 PM

BC Astana import Justin Carter didn't exactly endear himself to basketball fans in the Philippines.

LOW BLOW. Justin Carter calls Chooks to Go the 'sorriest team' he'd ever played against, but it was Carter who shot 3-of-21 from the field. Photo from Carter's Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Palestine - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up vs Palestine's Sareyyet Ramallah on Saturday, 4:45 pm

Ravena, Austin lead Chooks to Go comeback over Kazakhstan in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Team Philippines opens up the tournament with a 73-65 win over BC Astana.

STRONG START. Isaiah Austin posts a double-double of 17 points, 18 rebounds and 6 huge blocks in the win while Kiefer Ravena led the team in scoring with 22 points. File photo from Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up on Friday, 9:45 pm!

Austin, Ebondo secure visas for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Isaiah Austin and Rod Ebondo will reinforce the Chooks-to-Go lineup

CLEARED. American professional basketball player Isaiah Austin and Centro Escolar University star Rod Ebondo have secured their visa. Photos from PBA Images and Wikipedia

Isaiah Austin: The true embodiment of #PUSO

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Isaiah Austin will not just empower the Chooks-to-Go lineup. He also has something more to offer the Filipino basketball community.

BASKETBALL HAS NEVER DEFINED ME AS A MAN. "What defines me as a man is my character, how I achieve my goals, being the best son I can be, being the best father I can be, being the best friend I can be and things like that." Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Ravena, Jose, CBC banner PH Team to FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Chooks-to-Go calls up a young team to lead it to its first international stint

12-MAN LINEUP. Chooks-to-Go will be sending out a young delegation for their first international stint. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Carl Bryan Cruz joins Chooks-to-Go in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Carl Bryan Cruz will join Kiefer Ravena and Raymar Jose in guiding the young delegation

RELEASED. Carl Bryan Cruz was released by Alaska to participate in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Naturalized player prospect Isaiah Austin arrives in Manila

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The former Baylor University standout is here and says he s ready to get to work

WELCOME TO MANILA. Isaiah Austin arrives in the Philippines ahead of his stint with the Chooks To Go team in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China. Photo from Chot Reyes' Twitter

SCHEDULE: 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:24 AM

Find out when the Philippines Chooks To Go team will play in Chenzhou China

Philippines given FIBA Asia Champions Cup wild card spot

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:32 PM

The Philippines gets a wild card entry after Japan withdraws

BASKETBALL NEVER STOPS. The Philippine national team will be back in action shortly after wrapping up a gold medal performance at the 2017 SEA Games.  File photo by PSC-POC media

Comeback is real as Gilas Pilipinas beats Jordan, takes 7th spot in FIBA Asia Cup

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Gilas Pilipinas grabs the 7th spot after stealing the win away from Jordan

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Jordan – FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will aim for a 7th place finish in the tournament when it faces Jordan on Sunday August 20 at 6:30pm

Gilas Pilipinas slide continues with loss to Lebanon in 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Philippine national team suffers a 19 point loss to the host country