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Calabarzon clinches SBP 3x3 U16 three-peat; N. Mindanao wins girls’ title

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:39 PM

The annual competition continues to scout for up and coming talents in the Philippine 3x3 scene

Faster, bigger: Alab Pilipinas raring to start ABL title defense

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Two-time reigning local MVP Ray Parks is set to return with the squad along with Defensive Player of the Year and former NBA player Renaldo Balkman

KEY PLAYER. 8th ASEAN Basketball League Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman returns to reinforce the squad. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

RJ Abarrientos nabs gold in FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup Shoot-Out Contest

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The FEU Baby Tamaraw serves as the silver lining to the Philippines' early exit from the tournament

CHAMP. The Philippines' RJ Abarrientos eclipses his Russian and German foe to clinch the championship. Photo courtesy of FIBA

Imports to watch in Asia League Terrific 12

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:44 PM

From former NBA players to Asian superstars to ex-La Salle standout Ben Mbala, the Terrific 12 is a tournament chock-full of talent

STAR-STUDDED. Former NBA players Marreese Speights and Al Jefferson and former UAAP MVP Ben Mbala (left to right) will star in their respective teams in the Asia League Terrific 12. Speights and Jefferson photos from Wikimedia and Mbala photo by Josh Albelda/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

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

FIBA Asia U18: Key additions Edu, Panopio boost Batang Gilas bid

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu and Fil-Italian Dalph Panopio bolster the Philippine basketball youth team bannered by Kai Sotto

TOWERING STAR. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto banners the national under-18 team anew, just weeks after leading the squad’s campaign in the FIBA U17 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Iran kicks Ateneo-PH out of Jones Cup podium

Jul 22, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Blue Eagles bow to Iran to finish with a 5-3 record and settle for 4th place

NOTABLE RUN. Mike Nieto and the Ateneo Blue Eagles put up a decent showing in the international club tournament. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

Jones Cup: Matt Nieto game-winner sinks Chinese Taipei-Blue

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) The Blue Eagles stay in the running for a podium finish with a 5-2 record

GAME HERO. Matt Nieto beats the buzzer to lead Ateneo’s upset of the host team. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH-Ateneo blasts Lithuania to stay on track of podium finish

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The Blue Eagles streak to their 3rd straight victory for a 4-2 record in the Jones Cup

SURPRISE RUN. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles continue to surprise in the club tournament. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

Isaac Go explodes for 6 triples in Ateneo win vs Indonesia

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The Ateneo big man knocks in 21 points on a 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc against Indonesia in the 2018 Jones Cup

HOTSHOT. Isaac Go and the Philippine-Ateneo Blue Eagles overwhelm Indonesia in the second half. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jones Cup: Ateneo escapes Japan to end two-game skid

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Angelo Kouame finishes with a huge double-double of 15 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals and two blocks while Thirdy Ravena adds 14 points and 9 boards

CONSISTENT. Matt Nieto finishes with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the Ateneo-Philippines Blue Eagles. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

NU Bullpups target ASEAN School gold

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Bannered by 3 Batang Gilas members, the Bullpups vie to rule the boys' basketbal tournament

KEY COG. Carl Tamayo hopes to lead better after his FIBA World Cup Under-17 stint.

Canada denies Ateneo Blue Eagles comeback

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Blue Eagles absorb their second straight loss in the 2018 William Jones Cup

HUSTLE. Thirdy Ravena explodes in the 4th quarter to help cut the deficit against Canada. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

Ateneo Blue Eagles bow to South Korea, pick up first loss in Jones Cup

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The Blue Eagles fail to earn a win against rival South Korea

HEIGHT ADVANTAGE.. 6-foot-10 Rookie Angelo Kouame matches up with South Korea's towering lineup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jones Cup 2018: Ateneo size a 'big issue'

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says the 16-man squad representing the Philippines needs to learn quickly

TAIWAN-BOUND. Ateneo Blue Eagles will have a tough challenge ahead of them as they face senior national teams in the 2018 William Jones Cup.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: FIBA brawl peacemaker Troy Rike donates to World Vision

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The Gilas cadet will be able to sponsor at least one child with his donation

GOOD ACT. Troy Rike continues to help the country by donating the cash incentive he recevied to World Vision. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team wraps up its campaign with back-to-back wins to finish 13th overall

STRONG FINISH. Raven Cortez and Batang Gilas dismantle New Zealand by 22 points. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas escapes Egypt for first World Cup win

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The also-ran Philippine basketball youth team salvages a win in the classification match as Kai Sotto drops a monster double-double

NEXT CHALLENGE. The Batang Gilas squad bannered by Kai Sotto faces New Zealand next in a battle for 13th place. Photo from FIBA

Terrence Romeo says sorry but stands by 'brotherhood'

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas guard says he would rather be bashed for helping out his teammates

'BROTHERHOOD'. Terrence Romeo is not proud of the brawl, but he's proud of the fact that the team was there for Roger Pogoy. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SBP: Why question PH’s 2023 FIBA hosting over brawl?

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:54 PM

SBP slams reports that the Philippines should be stripped of the 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting

OPTIMISTIC CROWD. SBP President Al Panlilio defends the fans that they tried to lighten up the situation instead. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA, SBP set to appeal if FIBA drops sweeping suspension

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Philippine basketball officials brace for the suspension of Gilas players in the PBA and 2018 Asian Games

CLOSED-DOOR MEETING. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial (left) summons the league players who figured in the free-for-all during the Philippine-Australia match. Photo from the PBA

Rappler Talk Sports: Lawyer Mickey Ingles breaks down FIBA brawl sanctions

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The sports law expert will join Rappler to discuss the repercussions of the bench-clearing brawl between the Philippines and Australia

‘Embarrassed’ Gilas triggered brawl, says Aussie Goulding

Jul 05, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The Australian guard caught in the middle of the melee says the scuffle felt like a 'hell of a long time'

MOBBED. Australian guard Chris Goulding got pounced on by a mad Philippine mob, but says he's proud his teammates managed to restrain themselves.

Brawl aftermath: 'No place on any basketball court'

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The Philippine and Australia basketball chiefs vow to cooperate in the bench-clearing brawl investigation

EMBARRASSING INCIDENT. The Philippine and Australian basketball officials apologize for the incident that brought disgrace to the sport. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Elite Canada side eliminates Batang Gilas

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:18 AM

The second-ranked youth basketball team blasts the Philippine squad by 40 points in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ELIMINATED. Canada’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe (left) floats over Joshua Lazaro and 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto during their 40-point destruction of Batang Gilas in the knockout Round of 16. Photo from FIBA

Robredo on PH-Australia court brawl: 'Courage often demands restraint'

Jul 04, 2018 - 10:34 PM

As Gilas Pilipinas reels from the embarrassing incident, Vice President Leni Robredo reminds that strength must come with self-control

SBP president braces for suspensions, sanctions for FIBA brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The world basketball federation has previously fined and suspended a player for 3 games for figuring in a brawl

WAITING GAME. The Gilas Pilipinas members who participated in the brawl may face suspensions and fines from FIBA. Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

Bulacan Sapakan: How it went from bad to worse for Gilas

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Maybe it's a sign that we’re not yet ready to earn respect in the global hoops stage

FREE-FOR-ALL. Like it or not, the Philippines is more at fault for how badly things escalated in its July 2 match against Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kris Aquino defends Gilas over FIBA brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'The team is suffering enough, and they have given so much effort for our country,' says Kris Aquino

KRIS AQUINO. The star reacts to the viral brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and the Australian national team. File photo from the 'I Love You Hater' press conference by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Batang Gilas drops heartbreaker to Argentina

Jul 04, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Host Argentina keeps the Philippines winless in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ONE FOR THE FANS. Leading scorer Juan Francisco Fernandez (left) savors host Argentina’s first win in the FIBA U17 World Cup at the expense of RC Calimag (right) and Batang Gilas, who finished winless in the group phase. Photo from FIBA

Australia coach blames Chot Reyes 'more than anybody'

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Former NBA player and Australia deputy Luc Longley says the Gilas Pilipinas mentor incited his players to 'come out and thug' their team

BASKETBRAWL. Gilas Pilipinas player Mathew Wright (left)  and Australia's Daniel Kickert engage in a fistfight during the two teams' fight-marred FIBA match. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Pogoy, Abueva break silence, apologize for FIBA brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:48 PM

The rest of the Gilas Pilipinas players agree that it's time to move on and learn from the fight-marred match

TARGET MAN. Roger Pogoy was the one whom everyone in the Gilas bench tried to save after Daniel Kickert elbowed him in the face. Photo from team sponsor Chooks to Go

Jayson Castro: Gilas not looking for fights

Jul 03, 2018 - 10:23 PM

The point guard once hailed as Asia's best admits he should've kept his emotions in check since he's representing the whole country

ROLE MODEL. Jayson Castro has always strived to be a role model for the youth.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blatche dedicates heartfelt apology for FIBA brawl to his son

Jul 03, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Gilas' naturalized center does not want his son to follow what he did during the melee

'BAD TURN'. Andray Blatche is still in shock with the way he reacted to protect Roger Pogoy in the brawl between Philippines and Australia. Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

Chot Reyes clarifies 'hit somebody' comment before FIBA brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Anyone who understands basketball, if you take offense with that statement, you don't know basketball,' says the Gilas coach

DEFENSE. Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says that you have to understand basketball to know what his comment means. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Celebrities tweet reactions to FIBA game brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Gary Valenciano, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Gretchen Ho, and more express disappointment regarding the brawl that happened during the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia

Aguilar, Norwood admit emotions got in the way in FIBA brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Gilas forward Japeth Aguilar is first to apologize to the Australian team and the basketball community

APOLOGIES. Gabe Norwood and Japeth Aguilar share their thoughts on social media regarding the "emotional" incident. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SBP apologizes for FIBA brawl incident

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio extends his apology to the whole basketball community

NOT FILIPINO HOSPITALITY. According to SBP President Al Panlilio, the incident breaches the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Thon Maker takes responsibility for participation in Gilas-Australia fight

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:01 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks center unleashed flying kicks – including one towards Philippines' Terrence Romeo but missed

TOSSED OUT. Thon Maker is one of the 13 players ejected following the bench-clearing brawl between the Philippines and Australia. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aussies 'feared for safety' after Manila basketball brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore says the Aussies accept responsibility for its role in the incident between it and Gilas Pilipinas

FEAR. Basketball Australia does not accept the action whereby fans and officials actually get involved in the fray. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Amer, Norwood, Fajardo stay calm amid chaos

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Netizens praise Baser Amer, Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo for not engaging in the Philippine-Australia brawl

PEACEFUL TRIO. (from left to right) team captain Gabe Norwood, Gilas Pilipinas elite team debutant Baser Amer and 4-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo are the last men standing after the brawl. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Norwood and Fajardo) and PSC-POC media (Amer)

Senators stand by Gilas Pilipinas amid brawl with Australia

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito, and Joel Villanueva say Gilas Pilipinas could not be entirely blamed for the brawl with Australia

FIBA PH vs AUS July 2 Brawl. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Malacañang on FIBA brawl: 'Height of being unsportsmanlike'

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also says the referees should have stopped the game right after Australia's Daniel Kickert decked Gilas' RR Pogoy

BRAWL. Punches are thrown between the Philippines and Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Dark day' for Australian basketball after FIBA brawl in PH

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Australian team decides to go back home immediately as the players continue to fear for their safety

RESTRAINED. Angus Brandt was one of the Australian players who were restrained and did not get ejected. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jong Uichico apologizes for involvement in Gilas-Australia brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The Gilas deputy coach is seen pummeling Aussie Christopher Goulding during the free-for-all

FREE-FOR-ALL. Jong Uichico says his emotions got the better of him as he joined the bench-clearing brawl between the Philippines and Australia. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

FIBA to probe Gilas, Australia after bench-clearing melee

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:14 AM

A total of 13 players are thrown out as the Aussies win by default over the Filipinos

TOSSED OUT. Nine Gilas Pilipinas players are ejected against Australia. Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

Terrence Romeo calls out Gilas critics in free-for-all

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The Gilas Pilipinas guard sounds off on 'embarrassing' comments

UNITED. Terrence Romeo says the Gilas Pilipinas players were looking out for each other. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chot Reyes defends Gilas' actions in brawl with Australia

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas head coach calls out Daniel Kickert for hitting 4 Filipino players before the game

OUT OF CONTROL. Gilas head coach Chot Reyes tried to restrain the players who were fell victim of Kickert's taunting but could not control them during the 3rd quarter. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Andrew Bogut rips Gilas for post-brawl selfie

Jul 02, 2018 - 10:57 PM

The former Australian captain and NBA champion slams the Filipino players for unprofessional conduct

HOT HEADS. Former Australian captain Andrew Bogut describes the incident as an 'absolute disgrace.' Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler