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San Beda shackles La Salle to cop Filoil crown

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Displaying their defensive prowess, the Red Lions drub the Green Archers to cap their unbeaten run in the preseason tournament

LIONS ROAR. San Beda cruises past La Salle after a dominant second half. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

Late drama in Filoil semis as La Salle, San Beda scrape close wins

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:52 PM

La Salle and San Beda slip past separate foes to arrange a title showdown in the preseason tournament

TOUGH CHALLENGE. Justine Baltazar and the La Salle Green Archers dispatch the Lyceum Pirates in the semifinals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda to face Adamson, La Salle to meet Lyceum in Filoil semis

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:46 PM

San Beda, La Salle, Adamson, and Lyceum defeat their quarterfinal foes to reach the Final Four of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup

TOPSCORER. Evan Nelle topscores as San Beda advances to the semifinals. Photo from Kyle Janremy Bustos


San Beda stays unbeaten; La Salle dominates San Sebastian

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:08 PM

The Red Lions complete a seven-game elimination sweep as the Green Archers also advance in the preseason tournament

TOP SEED. The Tigers fall prey to NCAA king Red Lions. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

FilOil: San Beda frustrates rival San Sebastian, Letran drubs Benilde

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The San Beda Red Lions stay spotless in 6 games while the Letran Knights bag their fifth win in 7 games

CONTRIBUTOR. Evan Nelle submits a near-double-double for the San Beda Red Lions. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


FilOil: UP drubs UST in Paras’ return; San Beda survives La Salle

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:41 PM

After a month-long absence, Kobe Paras returns from injury with a 15-point showing to power the Maroons

COMEBACK. Kobe Paras makes an impact right on his first game back from an ankle injury. File photo by Keith Magcaling/Rappler

FilOil: UP snaps loss streak over CEU, Baste outlasts Mapua in OT

May 25, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The UP Maroons pull through despite playing minus team stars Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras, and Juan Gomez de Liaño

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

FilOil: Baltazar, Serrano lead La Salle in Arellano rout

May 23, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The La Salle Green Archers cruise to their third straight victory behind the double-double performances of Justine Baltazar and Encho Serrano

MAIN MAN. The Green Archers expect to draw more from big man Justine Baltazar. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FilOil: San Sebastian survives UST in thriller; NU drubs JRU

May 21, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Stags hold off the Tigers' huge comeback bid behind the trio of RK Ilagan, JM Calma and Allyn Bulanadi

DOWN TO THE WIRE. Mark Nonoy and the Tigers roar back from 16 points down but fall short in the final stretch against the Stags. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FilOil: Debuting SSC drops UP; Serrano lifts DLSU over CEU

May 17, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Ricci Rivero's game-high 19 points isn't enough to power the UP Maroons past the San Sebastian Stags

UPSET. Ricci Rivero and the Maroons absorbed their second loss in 4 outings in the preseason tourney. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo routs San Beda in Filoil battle of champions

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:36 PM

The Blue Eagles complete a 12-0 tournament sweep to rule the preseason basketball tournament

BAND OF BROTHERS. Even in the preseason, the Ateneo Blue Eagles prove they’re still on top of their game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda sets up Filoil knockout finals vs Ateneo

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The Red Lions turn back a gritty St. Benilde Blazers side in their Final Four duel

TITLE DEFENSE. Robert Bolick and San Beda look to defend their crown after getting past St. Benilde in the semifinals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo drubs FEU to book Filoil finals ticket

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Big man Isaac Go sparks a late run to power the Blue Eagles in the low-scoring semifinal slugfest

FINALS BOUND. Thirdy Ravena leads Ateneo to the title round of the preseason basketball tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hubert Cani makes the most of his second chance

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The former blue-chip recruit transforms from an out-of-shape misfit into a reclamation success

BACK ON TOP. FEU guard Hubert Cani rediscover his gifts with the Tamaraws. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo escapes Letran, sets semis duel vs FEU

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Matt Nieto knocks in the clutch baskets as the Blue Eagles rally past the Knights to cap a day of thrillers

TWINS STAR. Mike Nieto (center) drops 9 points, the same output as his twin brother Matt, to lead Ateneo's balanced charge. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cani takes over as FEU upsets La Salle

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The FEU guard heats up in the final stretch to tow the Tams to the Filoil semifinals

TAKE CHARGE. Hubert Cani pumps in 8 points in the final minute to lift the Tamaraws. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Red Lions clip Falcons to book Filoil semis berth

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Javee Mocon takes over in the final stretch as San Beda advances to the semifinals versus Saint Benilde

LEADER. San Beda star Robert Bolick drops 23 points to power the Red Lions to the next round. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Benilde eliminates UP to reach Filoil semis

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Unique Naboa nails the go-ahead basket as the Blazers snap the Fighting Maroons' 6-game winning streak

FOCUSED. St. Benilde's Justin Gutang (left) looks to get past the defense of UP's Janjan Jaboneta. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo, La Salle eye Filoil semis showdown

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The last 8 teams standing square off in the winner-take-all quarterfinals of the preseason basketball tournament

RIVALRY. Ateneo leads in almost every statistical category, while fierce rival La Salle boasts a good mix of veterans and talented newcomers. File photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Adamson, St. Benilde clinch FilOil quarters seats

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Falcons soar past the Lyceum Pirates, while the Blazers overpower the San Sebastian Stags

TOP SCORER. Jerrick Ahanmisi leads the Adamson Falcons to their 6th triumph. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Subido fires 30 as UST bows out with a win

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Growling Tigers wrap up their campaign in the preseason basketball tournament with a 2-6 record

ON FIRE. Renzo Subido sizzles in the UST Growling TIgers' last FilOil game. Rappler file photo

San Beda drubs EAC, books Filoil quarters slot

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The Red Lions advance to the next round after picking up their 7th win in 9 games in the preseason basketball tournament

BALANCED CHARGE. San Beda standoout Javee Mocon steps up along with Kenmark Cariño and Toba Eugene in the lopsided victory. Rappler file photo

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Jun 13, 2018 - 11:15 AM

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Gilas Cadets end FilOil campaign with win over EAC

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Gilas cadets finished with a 4-5 record, failing to qualify for the quarterfinals.

ON FIRE. Matt Nieto scores 15 points with 4-of-7 from the arc. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Ateneo outlasts DLSU in FilOil OT thriller

Jun 12, 2018 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Blue Eagles keep a perfect 9-0 record in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup

X FACTOR. Angelo Kouame's personal 6-0 run in the overtime period pins down Ateneo's lead in the game. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

La Salle rallies past scrappy NU, faces rival Ateneo next

Jun 10, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The victory preps up the Green Archers for a preseason duel against rival and reigning UAAP champion Ateneo on June 12

BOUNCE BACK. After absorbing its first loss against San Beda, La Salle recovers with a win over NU. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo routs Mapua by 44 points, keeps FilOil record perfect

Jun 08, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Angelo Kouame tallies a double-double to lift the Blue Eagles to their 8th straight victory

STREAKING. Thirdy Ravena an the Ateneo Blue Eagles sustain their hot run. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda hands La Salle first loss in Filoil Preseason Cup

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:50 PM

San Beda Red Lions sends De La Salle Green Archers tumbling to their first setback

SAN BEDA BIG MAN. Gilas vs SBC April 29. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas cadets close out Filoil Cup campaign with blowout of Mapua

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The national team cadets end the preseason tournament with a 3-5 record

BLOWOUT. Kobe Paras scores 12 points for the Gilas cadets' romp of Mapua. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


UP stuns NCAA champ San Beda, books FilOil quarters berth

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Rivals Ateneo and La Salle also pick up separate victories in the preseason tournament

UPSET. The UP Fighting Maroons stand their ground against the favored San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Franco Luna/Rappler

Ateneo stretches perfect FilOil streak to 5, runs circles around NU

May 31, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The reigning UAAP men's basketball champions get to keep a share of the top spot with rival La Salle in Group A

MAIN MAN. Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena tries to get a shot off NU's John Lloyd Clemente in the match handily won by the Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Streaking Letran drops NCAA rival San Sebastian in FilOil Cup

May 28, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The Letran Knights now tote a 4-2 record, while the San Sebastian Stags slipped to 3-2

FilOil: CSJL vs AdU May 15. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle turns back UE, clinches FilOil quarterfinal berth

May 25, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Mark Dyke buries 18 points as the Green Archers stay unbeaten in 4 outings

CHALLENGE. Alvin Pasaol and the University of the East Red Warriors put up a fight against the favored La Salle squad. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas 2023 halts FilOil losing streak with late-rally win over UE Warriors

May 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Tired of losing to late scoring runs for the last 3 games, Gilas launches one of their own and clamps down on defense while they were at it

SMOOTH FINISH. Juan Gomez de Liano scores a go-ahead bucket on the back of a 13-0 run. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Adamson Falcons tear through hapless UST Tigers by 23 in FilOil Cup

May 18, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Point guard Jerom Lastimosa fuels the Falcons' scoring outburst in the second half

No abandoning ship: Disappointed Gilas Cadets stay focused on buildup

May 16, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Despite absorbing 5 losses in 6 outings, the young national pool vies to stay focused on their preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup

TEAM SPIRIT. The Gilas Cadets may be far from their ideal form, but a team official says it’s an exercise to build brotherhood. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU Bulldogs unleash late rally in FilOil, eliminate Gilas from contention

May 15, 2018 - 9:27 PM

With its 5th loss of the season, the national team will not make it to the FilOil playoffs

PLAYER OF THE GAME. NU rookie John Lloyd Clemente's 23-point outing pushed the Sampaloc-based team to silence the Gilas Cadets. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle, UP hack out lopsided wins vs NCAA foes

May 11, 2018 - 9:09 PM

The unbeaten Green Archers wallop the EAC Generals by 32 as the Maroons roll to a 3rd straight triumph over the Perpetual Help Altas

UNBEATEN. After downing Perpetual Help, La Salle asserts its might against Emilio Aguinaldo College. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas cadets crash anew in FilOil Cup, give up late rally to UP Maroons

May 08, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Bo Perasol rests King Maroon Paul Desiderio for the evening

TURMOIL. The Gilas cadets crash to their 4th loss in the Filoil Flying V Preaseason Cup. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Perasol always ready to lend UP stars Desiderio, Gomez de Liaño to Gilas

May 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

It's more important to serve the country first, said the Fighting Maroons head coach

DOULE DUTY. Juan Gomez de Liaño (left) and Paul Desiderio play for both the UP Fighting Maroons and the Gilas cadets in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


UP nails first FilOil win over NU, La Salle rallies past Perpetual

May 04, 2018 - 8:23 PM

After 4 tries, the Fighting Maroons finally cruise to their first victory behind Paul Desiderio

BREAKTHROUGH. The UP Fighting Maroons snap a winless spell against the Bulldogs in the preseason tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA champ San Beda rips listless Gilas cadets by 21

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The winless Gilas cadets have lost their last two contests by an average margin of 20 points

TOUGH LUCK. Nothing has been going the Gilas cadets way as Kobe Paras also goes down due to a back injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo crushes UP by 28 in Filoil battle of Katipunan

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The Blue Eagles stretch their perfect run to three games in the preseason tournament

BALANCED. The Ateneo Blue Eagles pull off another win anchored on a balanced attack. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

La Salle storms back from 20 down to stun Gilas cadets

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Behind Kib Montalbo and Aljun Melecio, the Green Archers pull off an incredible turnaround to win by 19 points

EX-TEAMMATES. La Salle's Aljun Melecio and former teammate Ricci Rivero, who's now playing for the Gilas cadets, face off for the first time. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ateneo squeaks past San Beda in FilOil battle of champions

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:15 PM

After surviving a scare, the Blue Eagles stay unbeaten in two games in the preseason tournament

LUCKY. Ateneo's Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena celebrate the Blue Eagles' one-point escape against San Beda. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Rivero says there's nothing 'negative' in looming clash vs ex-team La Salle

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:41 PM

It's just been less than a month since the high-flying guard announced his exit from the De La Salle University Green Archers

OPPOSING SIDE. Ricci Rivero looks to get his first win in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup as the Gilas Pilipinas cadets take on his former team, the De La Salle University Green Archers. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Ateneo Blue Eagles topple Rivero-led Gilas cadets in Filoil

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Thirdy Ravena delivers an all-around effort of 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in the win

STIFLING DEFENSE. The Ateneo Blue Eagles clamp down on Kobe Paras, who has a relatively off night of 13 points on a 5-of-14 shooting, to beat the Gilas Pilipinas cadets. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


La Salle escapes UP in Filoil Cup opener

Apr 21, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Even after losing stars Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero, the Green Archers display their mettle after surviving UAAP title favorites Fighting Maroons

COMPOSED. The De La Salle University Green Archers squander a double-digit lead late but hold on to the victory in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup opener. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas 23 for '23 cadets, rebuilding La Salle banner 12th Filoil Cup opening day

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The 12th Filoil Flying V Premier Cup kicks off on April 21 at the Arena in San Juan

NEW SEASON. The 12th Filoil Flying V Premier Cup kicks off on April 21. Photo from Filoil Flying V Sports' Facebook page


UP Maroons plan to hold training camp in China, and probably the U.S.

Apr 04, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Head coach Bo Perasol says his Fighting Maroons have a full schedule in preparation for UAAP Season 81

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler