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Gilas Pilipinas responds to Indonesia blowout challenge

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Parading 5 amateur players in its 12-man lineup, Gilas Pilipinas still manhandles Indonesia to open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Kiefer Ravena and Marc Pingris issued a challenge to the rest of Gilas Pilipinas to beat Indonesia by a big margin, and their teammates did not disappoint. Photo from fiba.basketball


Thirdy a revelation for Gilas Pilipinas, but Dickel far from surprised

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Thirdy Ravena leads Gilas Pilipinas' 30-point romp of Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers with a masterful game on both ends

STERLING START. Thirdy Ravena and Gilas Pilipinas open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers on the right foot. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas blasts Indonesia behind Thirdy revelation

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Thirdy Ravena shines the brightest in a team with 7 PBA players as Gilas Pilipinas gets off to a rousing start in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena powers his way to 23 points in just his second game for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jericho Cruz, Guam crushed by New Zealand in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Bouyed by its statement win over defending champion Australia, New Zealand demolishes Jericho Cruz and Guam for a perfect start in the first window

WORLD STAGE. PBA player Jericho Cruz gets a starting nod for Guam. Photo from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Indonesia - FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Five amateur standouts see action as Gilas Pilipinas faces Indonesia in a road game on Sunday, February 23

Kiefer, Gilas Pilipinas out to stamp class vs Indonesia

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:36 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may be heavily favored against Indonesia, but Kiefer Ravena says there will be no letup for the young squad in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

LEADERSHIP ROLE. Kiefer Ravena will serve as captain for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jericho Cruz cracks Guam lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:03 PM

NLEX guard Jericho Cruz aims to help Guam pull off an upset against New Zealand

GUAM PROUD. Jericho Cruz has been named into Guam's 12-man lineup for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. Photo from fiba.basketball


Double Gilas Pilipinas duty not a problem for CJ Perez

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:40 PM

CJ Perez says he is always willing to give his all for the country as he competes for Gilas Pilipinas in the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events

RELIABLE. CJ Perez has become a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, both for the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events. Photo from fiba.basketball

Thirdy-Kiefer Gilas Pilipinas linkup a 'big responsibility'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Ravena brothers Thirdy and Kiefer team up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time

FOR THE FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena gets his second Gilas Pilipinas call-up. Photo from fiba.basketball


Mocon the 'unlucky' cut in Gilas Pilipinas lineup

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Javee Mocon joins Marc Pingris as the only PBA players to miss the final 12-man cut against Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CUT. Javee Mocon will have to wait for another opportunity to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from PBA Images


Ravena bros headline Gilas Pilipinas lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Interim coach Mark Dickel names 7 PBA players and 5 amateur standouts in Gilas Pilipinas' 12-man lineup

LEADER. Kiefer Ravena is tasked to lead this new bunch of Gilas Pilipinas players as team captain. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas game in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers postponed

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Two other games are moved to a later date due to the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak

GEARING UP. Vic Manuel and Gilas Pilipinas will have an extra couple of days to prepare and practice for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Injured Wright also begs off from Gilas Pilipinas

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Matthew Wright is the fourth PBA player to withdraw from the original 24-man pool

INJURED. Matthew Wright says he wanted to join Gilas Pilipinas but needs to rehabilitate his ankle. Photo from FIBA


Manuel, Tratter, Mocon boost Gilas Pilipinas frontline

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Gilas Pilipinas gets a battle-tested forward and two promising big men in its frontline unit

MUSCLE MAN. Fresh from a successful stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Vic Manuel will have a chance to don the national colors anew. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Justin Chua added to Gilas Pilipinas pool

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:48 PM

After a number of key big men begged off, Gilas Pilipinas was forced to look elsewhere for an inside presence that resulted in the inclusion of Justin Chua

NEW ADDITION. Justin Chua will vie for a spot in the final 12-man lineup for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas Pilipinas captaincy step to make Kiefer Ravena 'world-class' guard

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Kiefer Ravena will take the role of a leader of the hybrid 24-man pool that consists of PBA stars and a bevy of amateur standouts

WORLD STAGE VET. Despite being only 26, Kiefer Ravena is battle-tested in the international scene. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas yet to hear from Parks as TNT negotiation continues

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Program director Tab Baldwin hopes Ray Parks resolves his 'basketball issues' soon so he could be part of the new Gilas Pilipinas culture

IN TALKS. Ray Parks remains in negotiation with TNT for the upcoming PBA season. Photo from PBA Images


Alex Compton back at Gilas Pilipinas sidelines: 'I love being here'

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Former PBA coach Alex Compton serves as deputy to Gilas mentor Mark Dickel, his first coaching job since he stepped down from his Alaska post

TOP BASKETBALL MINDS. Alex Compton reunites with Tab Baldwin for Gilas Pilipinas. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Standhardinger, Aguilar beg off from Gilas Pilipinas

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Bad news hit Gilas Pilipinas as Christian Standhardinger and Japeth Aguilar decide to skip the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

NEXT TIME. Christian Standhardinger assures he will be ready for the next window should Gilas Pilipinas need his services. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


19 present as Gilas begins prep for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:13 PM

A hybrid cast turns up as Gilas Pilipinas gear ups for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers in two weeks

NEW BREED. Thirdy Ravena leads a bunch of up-and-coming players for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


Mark Dickel to call shots for Gilas Pilipinas

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Interim coach Mark Dickel is no stranger to the international scene, having represented New Zealand in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as a player

MAJOR UPGRADE. Mark Dickel currently serves as coaching consultant for TNT in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images


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 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


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 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


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 FIBA.com

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 FIBA.com

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 FIBA.com