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Guiao seeks 'better conditioning' for Blatche, 'better chemistry' for Gilas

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The national team has more than a month left to ramp things up for the global hoops showdown

KEY PIECE. Andray Blatche will be crucial for Gilas Pilipinas in his second straight FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Blatche, Ravena, Clarkson lead Gilas 19-man pool for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will have plenty of talented players to choose from to form a formidable 12-man lineup for the global hoops showdown

BACK-TO-BACK. Andray Blatche could see action in his second straight FIBA World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Clarkson included in Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Gilas Pilipinas eyes to have Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson play as a local, but if not, he may serve as a backup to naturalized player Andray Blatche

ANOTHER LEVEL. Jordan Clarkson could be a difference-maker for the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Blatche back as Gilas boosts buildup for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Andray Blatche buckles down to work with the Philippine team with less than two months to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup begins

DRAY BACK. Andray Blatche returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Toroman on Gilas chances in FIBA World Cup: 'Everything is possible'

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Rajko Toroman says the Philippines has grown to a 'powerful basketball country now in Asia' since the last time he called the shots for the national team

BELIEVER. Rajko Toroman sees Gilas Pilipinas pulling off surprises in the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Gilas draws with Mighty Sports in tuneup match

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The national team shows poise in the endgame, erasing a six-point deficit in the final minute

WORLD STAGE. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas are nearing the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Kai Sotto finishes as top U19 blocker, Dave Ildefonso 9th in scoring

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Filipino youngsters prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto puts in the work on the defensive end in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


ON THIS DAY: Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

It's been a year since Philippines and Australia figure in the infamous bench-clearing basketbrawl

ONE YEAR AGO. The infamous Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out on July 2, 2018. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

AJ Edu thankful for support as long ACL tear rehab begins

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'I'm just so proud that I can at least represent the Philippines for a little bit,' says injured Fil-Nigerian star AJ Edu

OVERWHELMED. Fil-Nigerian star AJ Edu thanks Filipinos for their support in his ACL recovery. Photo from FIBA

Guiao on Gilas chemistry for FIBA World Cup: 'There are no egos'

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Yeng Guiao says that all the players in his pool have a good grasp of their roles in the team

GETTING CLOSER. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas have two months before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


AJ Edu out for remainder of FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Initial findings reveal the Gilas Pilipinas Youth stalwart suffered an ACL and meniscal tear on his knee during their first match against host country Greece

HUGE BLOW. Gilas Pilipinas Youth will have to continue playing without one of its reliable players in AJ Edu. Photo from FIBA


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


Kiefer Ravena a changed man in basketball return

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:32 AM

Suspended by FIBA for more than a year, the 25-year-old guard grows into a 'stronger, wiser, and better person'

GETTING THERE. Kiefer Ravena inches closer to the time he can don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey again. Photo from FIBA


Scottie begs off from Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

According to Yeng Guiao, Scottie Thompson wants to improve first before he returns to the national team

GET BETTER. Scottie Thompson leaves Gilas Pilipinas looking for other quality guards. File photo from Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Kiefer Ravena marks basketball return by joining Gilas practice

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Sidelined for more than a year, the 25-year-old guard tries to make up for lost time as he is set to take over the point guard role left by Jayson Castro

BACK TO BUSINESS. Kiefer Ravena joins Gilas Pilipinas for the first time in more than a year. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Kiefer 'most logical choice' to take Castro spot for Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Jayson Castro will not be seeing action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, and Yeng Guiao expects a familiar face in Kiefer Ravena to help fill that void

BETTER THAN BEFORE. Kiefer Ravena says he has grown 'tougher' from his FIBA-imposed suspension. Photo from FIBA


Bolick, Perez new additions to Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Yeng Guiao says he doesn't discount the possibility of Robert Bolick and CJ Perez cracking the Magic 12 for the global hoops showdown

YOUNG GUNS. Robert Bolick and CJ Perez may contend for spots in Gilas Pilipinas' lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photos from PBA Images


Kiefer Ravena 'tougher, wiser' heading to basketball return

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The 25-year-old returns to practice on June 24 – exactly two months before his 18-month FIBA suspension ends

BACK IN THE GRIND. Kiefer Ravena nears his basketball return both for NLEX and Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from PBA Images


Is Jayson Castro retiring from Gilas? 'Maybe'

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas veteran – twice named as the best point guard in Asia – reveals he wants to dedicate his time to his family

MULLING RETIREMENT. Jayson Castro may have seen the end of his international career. Photo from FIBA


Parks: Declining Gilas invite in respect of Blackwater, national team players

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Ray Parks denies that he turned down the offer to join Gilas Pilipinas' pool due to 'other priorities,' as what Yeng Guiao said

TOP PICK. Ray Parks has been tearing it up in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


Parks turned down invitation to join Gilas pool, says Guiao

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Ray Parks has donned the national colors in the past a myriad times, helping the Philippines win 3 SEA Games and 1 SEABA gold medals

ROOKIE VET. Ray Parks continues to put up impressive numbers in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas looking at Ravena as Castro status uncertain for FIBA World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Kiefer Ravena, whose suspension from FIBA ends in August, can make it just in time for the global hoops showdown

WAITING GAME. Kiefer Ravena may don the national colors in the near future. Photo from FIBA


Not just Kai or AJ: Teamwork key for Gilas youth in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The Philippines will have its work cut out for it in the global hoops showdown as it faces heavyweights Argentina, host country Greece and Russia in the first round

TWIN TOWERS. Kai Sotto (middle) and AJ Edu (right) are expected to be the cornerstones of the Gilas Pilipinas youth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Jayson Castro could miss Gilas campaign in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Yeng Guiao says Jayson Castro has begged off from national team duties due to 'personal priorities'

KEY COG. Jayson Castro has played a pivotal role in helping the Philippines reach the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Blatche to join Gilas World Cup training in July

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Expect a well-conditioned Andray Blatche to arrive in Manila on July 8

IN SHAPE. Andray Blatche is pouring his best effort in order to deliver for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA

World No. 1 China ends Gilas girls’ magic run in U18 World Cup

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:29 PM

China's firepower prove too strong for the Philippine 3x3 girls team

Clutch Gilas girls crash World Cup quarters, face China next

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:19 PM

After absorbing a record loss, the Gilas girls bounce back big to march on to the World Cup quarterfinals

STUNNER. Karl Ann Pingol and the Gilas girls vie to pull off another upset in the knockout round. Photo from FIBA

Gilas 3x3 head Magsanoc defends tapping high schoolers for Asia Cup

May 31, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The Philippines slips to No. 33 in the men's 3x3 ranking, putting in peril its bid to crack the Top 24 for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers

Gilas eyeing Spain tournament in FIBA World Cup buildup

May 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine team shifts to another plan after its initial arrangement to play in Russia fell through

MONTHS AWAY. Gilas Pilipinas has 3 months to prepare before the 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off. Photo from FIBA


Brownlee gets Cone thumbs up for potential Gilas stint

May 26, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The Barangay Ginebra coach says the beloved import can 'change a team'

HEART OF A FILIPINO. Justin Brownlee hopes to represent the Philippines someday in the international stage. Photo from PBA Images


Australia boots out Gilas women from FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup

May 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines ends its campaign as the women’s team bows to the Aussies in the quarterfinals

Gilas women poised to reach FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup quarterfinals

May 24, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines absorbs its first loss of the tournament at the hands of Japan before venting its frustrations on Sri Lanka in the pool round

NOT THE END. The Gilas Pilipinas women's team are in a good position to avoid elimination. Photo from FIBA


Gilas bows out as Perlas sweeps FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup qualifiers

May 23, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Gilas Pilipinas falls short despite stringing up two wins as Perlas advances to the main draw with a 3-0 slate

Photo from FIBA

Gilas flunks as Perlas sets record-setting debut in 3x3 Asia Cup

May 22, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Gilas absorbs a huge blow with the injury of Ricci Rivero while Perlas sets the record for the largest margin of victory

HARD LUCK. Gilas Pilipinas vies for a breakthrough win even minus injured star Ricci Rivero. File photo from FIBA

No Gilas in Jones Cup, Mighty Sports to represent PH

May 22, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Coach Charles Tiu expects a tougher Jones Cup run for the Mighty Sports team bannered by Fil-Am Jason Brickman, Jason Gray, and Roosevelt Adams

LOOK: SBP presses restart button with new Gilas logo

May 08, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The logo will be used by the Philippine team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

REFRESH. The new Gilas Pilipinas logo features a more youthful aesthetic. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


PBA approves Gilas twice-a-week training, tuneup vs Russia

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Yeng Guiao and the Philippine men's basketball team still need to hurdle some challenges as they gear up for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

START OF PREP. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas will begin twice-a-week practices in June. Photo from FIBA


Yeng Guiao suggests Gilas tuneup vs Australia to 'restore relationship'

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

It's been more than 9 months since the infamous basketball brawl between the Philippines and Australia, and the national team coach believes it is time to move on

GOODWILL. Yeng Guiao says it is practical to have the Philippines and Australia play in a friendly game. Photo from PBA Images


Blatche locked in as Gilas' naturalized player for FIBA World Cup

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:32 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao says the former NBA player deserves to keep his spot, considering he was the one who led the Philippines back to the World Cup

BACK-TO-BACK. Andray Blatche is expected to see action in his second straight FIBA World Cup . Photo from FIBA


SBP continues Clarkson talks for FIBA World Cup

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The country's national basketball federation remains determined to get Jordan Clarkson as a local player for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

KEY PLAYER. Jordan Clarkson remains to be one of Gilas' key players as seen in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

FIBA World Cup 2019: Gilas team pass on sale online

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Filipinos get a chance to show again why they’re the Most Valuable Fans in the FIBA World Cup

ALL-OUT SUPPORT. The Philippine team needs all the support it can get as Gilas faces formidable foes in the first round. Photo from FIBA

Gilas still 'No. 1 priority' for overseas-bound Kai Sotto

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The 7-foot-2 teen star may be headed to the US and Europe, but his dad promises that their doors will always remain open for the Philippine team

NBA MOVES. Kai Sotto continues to prove why he deserves to be one of the best Filipino basketball players of today. Photo by FIBA

Chot Reyes offers Gilas help in FIBA World Cup buildup

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The former national team mentor says he has been discussing plans for the global hoops tilt with current Philippine coach Yeng Guiao

LENDING HAND. Chot Reyes says he's giving Yeng Guiao 'whatever help he needs.' Photo from PBA Images


Chot optimistic Gilas can reach next level in FIBA World Cup

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

The former national team mentor says the Philippines has proven it can compete in the world stage

CONFIDENCE. Chot Reyes believes the Philippines has a chance against Angola and Italy in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


In Gilas 'group of near death,' Guiao banks on World Cup miracles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Philippines faces a daunting task after it got bunched with Serbia, Italy and Angola in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas must work hard for miracles to happen. Photo from FIBA


LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas schedule in FIBA World Cup 2019

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The Philippines gets to test Italy first before facing Serbia and Angola in first-round action

TALL ORDER. Gilas Pilipinas will have its hands full in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Gilas 'overwhelming underdogs' in FIBA World Cup, says Guiao

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:16 AM

The national team mentor believes there will be no easy games for the Philippines after being grouped with two European giants and an African powerhouse

KEENLY WATCHED. Yeng Guiao says teams will prepare hard for the Philippines ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from PBA Images


LOOK: NBA players Gilas may face in FIBA World Cup

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Gilas coach Yeng Guiao and his crew have their work cut out for them as the Philippines shares Group D with NBA hotbed Serbia and Italy

BIG PROBLEMS. NBA players (from left) Marco Belinelli, Milos Teodosic, Boban Marjanovic and Nikola Jokic will pose problems for the Philippines should they see action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photos from Shutterstock (Teodosic), Los Angeles Lakers' Facebook account (Marjanovic), Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP (Belinelli) and Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP (Jokic)


FIBA World Cup 2019: Gilas grouped with European powerhouses

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Bunched in Group D, the Philippines starts its World Cup campaign this August in Foshan, China

WORK BEGINS. Gilas Pilipinas starts its preparation for the World Cup. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: FIBA World Cup 2019 teams show off wares

Mar 16, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Before Gilas Pilipinas finds out its opponents in the FIBA World Cup draw, check out the top plays from different continental qualifiers

STAR-STUDDED. Canada's Kelly Olynyk is one of the numerous NBA players who will grace the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA