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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)


Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Bong Go now part of Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go will serve as head of delegation to the national team in the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

DIFFERENT FIELD. Bong Go says he could still be called SAP – Special Assistant to the Philippine team. Photo from Delfin Dioquino


'Dream come true' as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The 7-foot-1 teen star can't wait to join PBA stalwarts like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in the Gilas training

EXCITED. Kai Sotto says he's looking forward to learn from national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from FIBA

Gilas comeback 'new challenge' for Arwind Santos

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:51 AM

At 37 years old, Arwind Santos gets a chance to join the national team again after 9 years

SPIDERMAN. Arwind Santos will be suiting up for the national team for the first time since 2009. Photo courtesy of PBA media group.

LA Tenorio: This is the best Philippine team pool

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:37 PM

'I think this lineup is very versatile. We can play small and quick, we can play big,' says Tenorio, who was surprised to get a national team call-up

RETURN. LA Tenorio returns to the national team after four years. Photo courtesy of PBA media group

Yeng Guiao 'experimenting' without Blatche

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'I feel that maybe If I can talk to him, maybe I can lessen the disappointment but I really don't know how he values my counsel,' Guiao on Andray Blatche

'WELP'. Andray Blatche reacts to head coach Yeng Guiao's decision not to include him in the 20-man training pool. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Yeng Guiao officially appointed as Gilas head coach

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Guiao will be juggling both his commitments to the national team and the NLEX Road Warriors, while also planning to run for congress

Kai Sotto, Jayson Castro join Gilas FIBA World Cup qualifiers training pool

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Despite their availability for the game against Iran, Andray Blatche and Terrence Romeo are not named to the 20-man training pool

WUNDERKIND. 7-foot-1 Batang Gilas star Kai Sotto is named to Yeng Guiao's 20-man training pool. Photo by FIBA

Andray Blatche just 'waiting' Gilas callup

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:25 PM

The 6-foot-11 center could form a formidable frontcourt with PBA giants Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo if Yeng Guiao chooses to acquire his services

COMEBACK. Andray Blatche is raring to return for the Gilas Pilipinas following a two-game suspension. Photo from FIBA


Guiao thrilled handling tallest PH team frontcourt in history

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao looks forward to the team up of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar with the returning Andray Blatche

TOWERING PRESENCE. Back from injury, June Mar Fajardo will don the national colors again in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images

Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao to meet with PBA board

Oct 29, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The fiery mentor is expected to name his pool of 18 to 20 players for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

BACK AT IT. Yeng Guiao will once again call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming window of the World Cup qualifiers. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Even with potential Gilas job coming up, Guiao to still run for Congress

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The fiery mentor is seeking to reclaim the seat he lost to Jon Lazatin in 2016

Yeng open to stay as Gilas coach, but ready to resign if World Cup bid fails

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Guiao is poised to take over as permanent coach of national team after Chot Reyes chooses to 'step aside' from the Gilas program

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT. To remain in the long haul for Gilas, Yeng Guiao wishes that the PBA's support for the national team continues. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Slaughter itching to suit up and form Gilas triple tower

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:14 AM

If things fall into place, the 7-footer expects to return from injury and team up with the towering duo of Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo

RECUPERATING. Greg Slaughter is still nursing a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Japeth makes it up to Yeng in Gilas 9 years after PBA breakup

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Aguilar admits he wishes he could have handled his exit from Burger King, which was then mentored by Guiao, a little bit better

CATALYST. Japeth Aguilar powers Gilas Pilipinas to a come-from-behind win over Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas pulls off comeback win over Qatar in closed-door match

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team unleashes a third-quarter storm to rally past Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifier

COME-FROM-BEHIND. Alex Cabagnot and Gilas Pilipinas recover from a slow start to topple Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Matthew Wright eager to shake off suspension 'stigma'

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Known for his outside sniping and scoring, Wright will be a welcome addition for Team Pilipinas against Qatar in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

BACK AT IT. Matthew Wright returns to national team duty after serving a one-game suspension from FIBA. Photo from FIBA.com


Yeng, Gilas bracing for unusual environment in closed-door game

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The Filipinos will not have their usual 'sixth man' at their disposal

UNUSUAL ENVIRONMENT. Yeng Guiao says he has already briefed his Gilas Pilipinas wards to prepare for the closed-door game against Qatar. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to capitalize on the return of Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright and the debut of Stanley Pringle in the qualifiers

Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright back in Gilas final 12 vs Qatar

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The two Team Pilipinas mainstays finish serving their respective one-game suspensions from FIBA

BACK AT IT. Japeth Aguilar (second to the right) and Matthew Wright (rightmost) return to national team duties. Photo from FIBA


Scottie a 'revelation' for Gilas, says Yeng Guiao

Sep 14, 2018 - 7:48 PM

The firebrand tactician is left impressed with the do-it-all guard's impact despite his limited minutes against Iran

DEBUT. Scottie Thompson dazzles in his debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


Gilas falls prey to Iran in World Cup qualifiers

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Gilas slides to a 4-3 record as Iran takes the Group F lead at 6-1

BIG GAME. The Iranians spoil Christian Standhardinger'€™s huge outing for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


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

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The Filipinos look to become the first team to beat the Iranians in their own turf in the World Cup qualifiers

Team Pilipinas has 'pretty good chance' vs Iran, says Yeng

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Filipinos aim to be the first team to beat the Iranians in their home turf in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

NOT BACKING DOWN. Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao is confident in his 12-man squad against Iran. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


No Slaughter in Gilas final 12 as Thompson, Cabagnot suit up

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Yeng Guiao unveils the 12-man Philippine lineup set to compete against Iran in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

DEBUT. Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson is set to debut under national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chot Reyes 'steps aside' for Yeng Guiao as Gilas Pilipinas coach

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Reyes will still contribute to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in other capacities

'STEP ASIDE'. Chot Reyes gives way to Yeng Guiao as national men's basketball team head coach. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FIBA: Greg Slaughter cleared to play as Gilas local

Sep 08, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Filipino-American center gets the go signal to suit up as a local player when Gilas Pilipinas sees action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

ADDED CEILING. Greg Slaughter will provide the much needed height when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran on Thursday, September 13. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Fajardo makes surprise visit at Gilas practice

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The injured four-time PBA MVP says he's itching to see action in the next FIBA window

SUPPORTIVE. June Mar Fajardo shows his full support for the retooled Gilas Pilipinas squad. Photo from FIBA

Greg Slaughter's FIBA eligibility 'pretty positive'

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:50 PM

The Filipino-American center is hoping to play as a local – and not as a naturalized player – when Gilas Pilipinas resumes its quest for a World Cup berth

BIG ADDITION. Greg Slaughter would be a welcome addition as a local player for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from PBA Images


Scottie Thompson in awe of Gilas inclusion

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The Barangay Ginebra guard is the youngest from Yeng Guiao's 16-man pool at 25 years old

CHOSEN. Scottie Thompson is among the 16 players who received a call-up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


No final Gilas lineup yet with Slaughter's FIBA eligibility unclear

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:30 AM

The 7-footer needs to come up with the required documents for him to count as a local player for the national team

TOWERING. Greg Slaughter is groomed to give Gilas Pilipinas a much-improve inside presence. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas cast complete in first practice as Scottie, Cabagnot arrive

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Everyone from Yeng Guiao's 16-man pool is in attendance as the national team resumes its quest for a World Cup berth

FIRST-TIMERS. Scottie Thompson (right) and Alex Cabagnot join Gilas Pilipinas for the first time. File photo from PBA Images

Guiao to replace Chot as Gilas head coach for good? Manny Pangilinan thinks so

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:58 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus is impressed with how Guiao steered the national team to its best Asian Games finish in 16 years

CHANGE OF PERSONNEL. Yeng Guiao (left) has a chance to permanently take over the Gilas Pilipinas program from Chot Reyes. Photo from PBA Images


Sidelined: Injured Fajardo rues Gilas absence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:27 AM

Since the discovery of his shin injury, the reigning four-time PBA MVP has not played basketball

SPECTATOR. June Mar Fajardo will be turned into a spectator when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran and Qatar in the fourth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


Guiao: 'I thought we would fail but I was dead wrong'

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The fiery mentor admits that he had thoughts of the hastily-formed national team failing in the 2018 Asian Games

WORTH IT. Coach Yeng was proven wrong by the positive outcome of Gilas Pilipinas' 2018 Asian Games campaign. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

If Gilas calls, Scottie Thompson will answer

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Weeks after winning Finals MVP, the third-year guard is being eyed for the national team in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers

KEY ADDITION. Scottie Thompson may just represent the Philippines again in international play. Photo from PBA Images

Dad Mike confident Jordan Clarkson will return to PH team

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The father of the Filipino-American NBA player says the Philippine team experience feels better than his son's NBA Finals stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers

BRIGHT SPOT. National team coach Yeng Guiao hopes Jordan Clarkson can don the country's colors again. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Gilas drubs Syria for 5th place Asiad finish

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The national men's basketball team pens a fairly happy ending to its dramatic Asian Games campaign

WINNING EXIT. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine basketball team close out their campaign with a victory. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gilas targets Syria win to cap roller-coaster campaign

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team shoots for a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games

FINAL MATCH. Paul Lee and the Philippine men's basketball team aims for a winning exit in the Asiad. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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Aug 29, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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Mission not yet accomplished for toothless Erram

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Even if he has to play minus his front teeth, Poy Erram isn't about to give any excuse as Gilas Pilipinas shoots for a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games

ALL-OUT. Poy Erram is not giving up until the end of Gilas Pilipinas' Asian Games campaign.

Standhardinger rues missed medal: 'We all made mistakes'

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:27 AM

The Filipino-German workhorse believes everyone – and not just head coach Yeng Guiao – is responsible for the Philippines slipping to the consolation round

SCORING MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger vents his ire against Japan with a game-high 27 points as the Philippines secures at least a sixth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Winning Asiad finish 'good going away present' for Clarkson

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Out of medal contention, the Philippine men's basketball team shoots for its best ranking in 16 years in the 2018 Asian Games

WINNING WAYS. Jordan Clarkson hopes to wrap up his Philippine stint with back-to-back wins. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gilas drubs 8-man Japan, eyes 5th place in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:36 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team picks up its first win with Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson

BREAKTHROUGH. Jordan Clarkson didn't let Japan get in his way to score his first triumph with the national team. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Double whammy: Erram loses game, chips teeth

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The versatile big man gives quite a literal meaning to the expression 'fighting tooth and nail'

TAKING IT IN STRIDE. Philippines' Poy Erram is still all smiles despite breaking his teeth against Korea. Photo by Beatrice Go


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Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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Add this one to Gilas’ Korean curse timeline

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:41 PM

It seems like the Philippines falls for the Korean playbook over and over again

ASIAD AGONY. Korea deals Jordan Clarkson and the Philippines another heartbreaker. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler