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Despite exclusion, Matthew Wright always ready to answer Gilas call-up

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The 27-year-old wishes the team the best in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers

TOP GUNNER. Matthew Wright remains focused in Phoenix's campaign in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Blatche, Barroca return to Gilas in 14-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Nationals face must-win games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February

COMEBACK. Andray Blatche will once agian reinforce the Philippine basketball team. File photo from FIBA


'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA


10 striking sports moments on social media in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From the shocking 'basketbrawl' to the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, here's a roundup of the most interacted sports events on Rappler's social media accounts this year

2018: Gilas Pilipinas' wild ride

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:27 PM

From the FIBA World Cup qualifiers to the Asian Games, the Philippine men’s basketball team takes us to a roller-coaster ride of fun, hopes, and fears in 2018

Gilas Pilipinas wild ride

Slim chances

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford to make any more mistakes if it wants to reach the 2019 FIBA World Cup

TOUGH BREAK. Yeng Guiao and the Philippine team are dealt a huge blow in their World Cup aspirations. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Major revamp

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao takes over the Gilas Pilipinas program as the 'best Philippine team' starts to take shape

NEW LOOK. A lot has changed in Gilas Pilipinas' roster in a span of months. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


The Jordan Effect

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Philippines records its best finish in 16 years in the Asian Games with Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson leading the way

CUT ABOVE THE REST. Jordan Clarkson lives up to the billing as a member of the Philippine team.. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Roller-coaster Asiad buildup

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Surprising twists and turns mark the Philippines' preparation for the 2018 Asian Games

FULL OF CHALLENGES. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sure had a crazy 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


FIBA drops the hammer

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

In the aftermath of the infamous Philippines-Australia brawl, basketball's world governing body hands down its decision

PUNISHED. The Philippines gets hit hard with the suspensions and sanctions handed down by FIBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler



Brawl that shocked the world

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Gilas Pilipinas and Australia figure in what's dubbed 'the worst basketball brawl' in recent years

FREE-FOR-ALL. Punches, kicks and even chairs are thrown between the Philippines and Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler




Gilas 'bad boyz' ready to return, says Andray Blatche

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The clamor to bring the former NBA player back to the national team has intensified as the Philippines enters the final stretch of the World Cup qualifiers

BAD BOYZ. Andray Blatche (left) claims that Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are ready for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from FIBA


Fajardo left in frustration after missed free throws in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP highlights the need to work on his foul shots, especially during endgame situations

MAJOR BLOW. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas fall to 4th place in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Arwind Santos on limited minutes in Gilas return: 'Sobrang bitin ako'

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The 37-year-old PBA veteran says he expected to play more minutes in the crucial second half of Gilas' home loss to Iran in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Arwind Santos returns to national team action for the first time since 2009. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Justin Brownlee for Gilas in World Cup qualifiers? It could happen

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:35 PM

With the Philippines fighting for its life in its World Cup bid, Yeng Guiao says the Barangay Ginebra import is an option for naturalized player

FILIPINO AT HEART. Justin Brownlee has expressed his desire to become a naturalized Filipino. Photo from PBA Images


Double whammy for Jayson Castro as he sustains injury in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The veteran guard delivers a team-high in points despite an ankle injury, but all that goes for naught as the Filipinos lose back-to-back in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Jayson Castro returns to the national team after serving a three-game suspension from FIBA. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Scottie Thompson rues error-filled endgame in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

The do-it-all guard commits a costly turnover that paved the way for Iran to keep the Philippines winless in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

DOWN THE DRAIN. Scottie Thompson's impressive game for Gilas Pilipinas goes for naught. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Yeng Guiao still undecided on Andray Blatche's Gilas status

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Fans on social media have expressed their disappoint over the former NBA player being left out of the Philippine team after it fell to Kazakhstan and Iran at home

NOT OUT. Andray Blatche could still suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from FIBA


Gilas absorbs heartbreaker against Haddadi-less Iran

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Philippines slips to 4th place with a 5-5 record in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger leads Gilas Pilipinas in scoring. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


No Haddadi, Bahrami for Iran in clash vs Gilas

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:44 PM

The Filipinos may have just gained a perfect opportunity to get back on the winning track as Iran plays minus its top two stars

ABSENT. Hamed Haddadi and Nikkhah Bahrami will be missed by an Iranian side hoping to return to the winning track in the World Cup qualifiers. Photos from FIBA


Arwind Santos puts premium on defense in Gilas return

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Donning the national colors for the first time since 2009, the 37-year-old vows to apply everything he learned on the defensive end against Iran

VETERAN. Arwind Santos makes his return to the national team after a near-decade-long hiatus. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford another defeat against Iran after a surprising home loss to Kazakhstan

Standhardinger, Castro return to Gilas lineup vs Iran

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Four players from the Philippines' shock home loss to Kazakhstan are dropped

BACK AT IT. Christian Standhardinger will once again serve as the Filipinos' naturalized player against Iran. Photo from FIBA


Kazakh coach follows through in Gilas upset

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Promising a 'different game' after Kazakhstan absorbed a 37-point thrashing from the Philippines in the Asian Games, Renatas Kurilionokas keeps his word

CONFIDENT. Kazakhstan head coach Renatas Kurilionokas says 'we are winners' under the right circumstances. Photo from FIBA


Guiao 'not giving up' on Gilas' World Cup chances

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:57 AM

The Philippines' hunt for a World Cup berth just got tougher after a shocking home loss to Kazakhstan

MUST-WIN. Yeng Guiao wants Team Pilipinas to focus on its must-win assignment against Iran. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


After Kazakh loss, Gilas can't carry negativity to crucial Iran game

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The Philippines can't afford another defeat after falling to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

BOUNCE BACK. June Mar Fajardo aches for a rebound win against Iran. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas fails to defend homecourt vs Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifiers

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines falls to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F behind a 5-4 record

SCORING MACHINE. Stanley Pringle topscores for the Philippines. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Scottie Thompson hopes Ginebra's Never Say Die spirit rubs off on Gilas

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Four Gin Kings players will see action for the national team when it kicks off the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan

FAMILIAR FACES. Scottie Thompson looks forward to sharing the floor with his Ginebra teammates. Photo from FIBA


Slaughter: Playing with Fajardo in Gilas a 'dream come true'

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Considered fierce rivals from the collegiate scene to the PBA, the two towering centers will play together for the Philippines for the first time

GIANTS. Greg Slaughter (right) and June Mar Fajardo will combine for Gilas Pilipinas' Twin Towers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Fajardo) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Slaughter)


Guiao: Gilas needs to go beyond size upgrade

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may have more big men at its disposal, but national coach Yeng Guiao says the team needs to raise its level of play

TOWERING. (From left) June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram will form Gilas Pilipinas' frontcourt against Kazakhstan. Photos by Josh Albelda (Fajardo and Slaughter), Czeasar Dancel (Aguilar) and FIBA (Erram)


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Team Pilipinas aims to bolster its chances for a World Cup berth against a Kazakhstan team it crushed in the Asian Games


Fajardo, Slaughter star in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A towering Gilas Pilipinas squad will see action against Kazakhstan at the start of the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

GIANTS. June Mar Fajardo will form a formidable Gilas frontcourt with Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Blatche 'hurt' by Gilas non-inclusion, but says he's always available

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The former NBA player claims he turned down offers to play in China just so he could be available for the Philippines in the World Cup qualifiers

WAITING. Andray Blatche will have to wait until the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers to have a chance of playing for the Philippines again. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Yeng Guiao: PH to face 'tougher' Kazakhstan team

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'I don't think we're going to beat them as big a margin as we did when we beat them in the Asian Games,' the Gilas Pilipinas mentor says

DOMINANCE. Philippines' Stanley Pringle (R) pushes the ball past Kazakhstan's Maxim Marchuk (L) in their men's basketball preliminary Group D game between Kazakhstan and Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta last August 16, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP /

Andray Blatche not completely out of Gilas program

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao admits it's a 'big risk' having the former NBA player sit out the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

WAITING GAME. Andray Blatche can still play for the Philippines in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February. Photo from FIBA


Kai Sotto a 'fighter,' says Gilas coach Yeng Guiao

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The fiery mentor lauds the 16-year-old high schooler for not succumbing to intimidation after suiting up against Lebanon

LONG WAY TO GO. Yeng Guiao (right) is 'pretty happy' of Kai Sotto's tuneup game debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Sotto)


Kai Sotto admits there's tons to learn with Gilas

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:45 AM

After playing opponents twice his age in Team Pilipinas' tuneup game against Lebanon, the 7-foot-1 high schooler aches to polish his skills as soon as possible

YOUNG COG. Kai Sotto suits up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time against Lebanon. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler


Gilas falls to Lebanon anew in tuneup game

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The Filipinos go 1-of-4 in their tuneup games over the week

BACK-TO-BACK. Japeth Aguilar and Team Pilipinas fall prey to Lebanon for the second straight time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Rappler Talk Sports: Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao is tasked to lead the national team to the 2019 FIBA World Cup

Gilas falls short vs Lebanon in tuneup game

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

The Filipinos have now lost two of their 3 tuneup games

SHORT. June Mar Fajardo and the Philippine national team fail to utilize their homecourt advantage. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Why did Jordan walk out from tuneup game vs Gilas?

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Jordan head coach Joey Stiebing alleged that Philippines mentor Yeng Guiao cursed at his players

WORD WAR. Things got heated between Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan tactician Joey Stiebing. Photo from Delfin Dioquino


Guiao on word war vs Jordan coach: 'I just didn't want to be bullied'

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:24 AM

The tuneup game between Gilas Pilipinas and Jordan was abruptly ended following a verbal altercation between coaches Yeng Guiao and Joey Stiebing

FURIOUS. Yeng Guiao feels that Jordan should have given the Philippine team a little bit more respect. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc /Rappler


Gilas wins by default as Jordan walks out of tuneup game

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The game ended with more than 6 minutes left to play

ABRUPTLY ENDED. Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas win by default over Jordan. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Belga enjoys playing with San Miguel stars in Gilas

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:41 PM

At one point, the burly forward was fielded in with 4 Beermen players in the national team's tuneup game against Jordan

WELL-ORCHESTRATED. Beau Belga admits life is made easier for him when sharing the floor with the San Miguel stars. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Academics first: Kai Sotto skips Gilas tuneup vs Jordan

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:05 AM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind misses what could have been his debut for the senior squad

YOUNG GUN. Kai Sotto, though, can still play in Team Pilipinas' other tuneup games. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Talent-laden Gilas should focus on chemistry, says Standhardinger

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:45 AM

In the first of a string of tuneup games to prepare for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers, Team Pilipinas falls to Jordan

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger paces Gilas Pilipinas against Jordan with 21 points. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas succumbs to Jordan in tuneup game

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Team Pilipinas plays with only 12 of its 20-man pool

OUT OF STEAM. Ricci Rivero and Gilas Pilipinas fall short. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Big school: Kai Sotto finds mentors in Fajardo, Slaughter

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

As the youngest in the Gilias pool, the 7-foot-1 prodigy sees a rare chance to work on his arsenal with the country's best big men

WUNDERKIND. Although the youngest at 16 years old, Kai Sotto is the tallest in the latest Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool at 7-foot-1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Greatest PH team? That remains to be proven, says Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:08 PM

The fiery mentor, though, admits he only dreamed of seeing the country's best basketball players assembled for the national team

MORE TO PROVE. Yeng Guiao is quick to downplay the 'greatest' tag given to the current edition of Team Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas' final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Although chances of seeing the Sotto and Rivero suit up for Team Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers are slim, the fiery mentor believes it could still happen

YOUNG BUT TALENTED. Young studs Ricci Rivero (left) and Kai Sotto vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Rivero) and FIBA (Sotto)