2016 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament - updates

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Batum: FIBA OQT win is little step to bigger Rio Olympics

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:17 PM

France joins Serbia and Croatia as the last 3 teams to qualify for Olympic basketball next month

ONE SMALL STEP. For Nicolas Batum and France, winning the Manila OQT is just one small step of their Rio Olympics goal. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Parker refused to end int'l career without one last Olympic run

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Tony Parker says he couldn t be happy with anything less than a final stint in the Olympics

MAN ON A MISSION. Tony Parker looks like a man on a mission in this photo after he knocks down a huge 3-pointer late in the FIBA OQT final. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rio Olympic basketball cast, draw complete

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:26 AM

See the full draw results here

ON TO RIO. France is among 12 teams that will compete at the Rio Olympic basketball tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Thompson hungry for FIBA OQT success after winning NBA title

Jul 10, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Tristan Thompson wants to top off his NBA title winning year by helping Canada earn a spot in the 2016 Olympics

READY FOR MORE. Tristan Thompson is eager to bring Canada to the Olympics and experience more success after winning the NBA title last month. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Short-handed New Zealand proud of valiant stand vs Canada

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Though losing the chance to qualify for the Olympics New Zealand is walking away from the FIBA OQT with much to be proud of

DISAPPOINTED BUT PROUD. Though eliminated, New Zealand is still proud of how they performed in the FIBA Olympic Qualifier. Tai Webster is seen here reacting during the game against Canada. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Romeo to Gilas doubters: Just be proud of our sacrifices

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Terrence Romeo has a message to skeptics of Gilas Pilipinas

MESSAGE. Terrence Romeo has a message to the Gilas Pilipinas doubters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

At lowest point, Gilas finds comfort among Filipinos

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Even after a huge disappointment Gilas Pilipinas finds they can always come home to Filipinos and they won’t ever be abandoned

TOGETHER. Gilas Pilipinas huddles at center court after getting eliminated in the FIBA OQT. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jayson Castro announces retirement from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Ako si Jayson Castro William taga Guagua Pampanga lumaban para sa bayan Castro posts on Instagram

RETIRED. Jayson Castro will no longer play for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Veteran De Ocampo retires from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo announces his retirement from the Philippine national team after Gilas exit from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

RDO RETIRES. Ranidel De Ocampo retires from international basketball. Photo from FIBA.com

Jayson Castro may retire from Gilas after FIBA OQT disappointment

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:29 AM

The star point guard is contemplating retirement from the national team after the Philippines crashed out of the Olympic qualifiers in the group stage

LAST GILAS STINT? Is the FIBA OQT Jayson Castro's last Gilas Pilipinas stint? Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Senegal grateful for PH fan support against Canada

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Filipino fans back Senegal during their clash with Canada at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

TOUGH LOSS. Senegal loses a close one to Canada, but wins the cheers of Filipino home fans. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: In France setback, Gilas' 6th man still proves memorable

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Fans push their lungs and vocal cords to the limit and proudly display their Gilas fandom through banners and face paint

PUSO. The Filipino fans sit beside French fans but still cheer 'puso!' and 'laban Pilipinas!' Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New Zealand ‘not intimidated’ by expected hostile crowd vs Gilas

Jul 06, 2016 - 4:00 PM

New Zealand is expecting to deal with a loud partisan Filipino crowd and are looking forward to it

EXCITED TO PLAY. New Zealand is excited to play before the Philippine crowd. Photo from FIBA.com

Poor shooting, injury blow doom Turkey against Canada

Jul 06, 2016 - 3:10 PM

It was a poor offensive night for the 8th ranked Turkey at the FIBA OQT

STRUGGLE. Naturalized playmaker Bobby Dixon (L), also known as Ali Muhammed, struggles against Canada, missing all 8 of his shot attempts. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Breaking down France’s win over the Philippines: what went wrong for Gilas?

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:53 PM

In the end France’s talent class and experience was too much

TOO MUCH. Jayson Castro is crowded by French players Tony Parker and Kim Tillie. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

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France hopes to keep Gilas fans from taking over game

Jul 04, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The Philippines will have the sixth man benefit when Gilas faces France on Tuesday

SILENCE THE CROWD. France will be wary of the Filipino home crowd at the FIBA OQT. Photo from FIBA

Gilas ‘serious, focused’ as showdown with France nears

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas zeroes in on studying game plan and practicing executions ahead of their FIBA OQT Manila clash with France

GETTING READY. Gilas Pilipinas, seen here after a tune-up versus Turkey, gears up for a tough first opponent in France at the FIBA OQT. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas, I choose you!

Jul 03, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Meet the 12 men of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Your guide to the FIBA OQT in Manila

Jun 30, 2016 - 3:51 PM

The tournament will see a total of 6 nations vie for the lone ticket to the Rio Olympics basketball tilt this August

Turkish team arrives in Manila for FIBA OQT

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Turkey is grouped with Canada and Senegal

TOUCHDOWN. Turkey arrives in Manila. Photo from SBP Facebook page

France names final 12 for FIBA OQT

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:08 PM

Included in the 12 are forward Nicolas Batum power forward center Boris Diaw Joffrey Lauvergne and Tony Parker among others

FRANCE 12. Nicolas Batum (L) and Tony Parker will lead the French team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifier. File Photos from Sebastien Nogier and Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Tony Parker plays last game for France on home soil

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Parker plays his final international game before the French home crowd in a 17 point victory against Japan

ONE FOR THE ROAD. Tony Parker plays one last home game for the French national team. File photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Road to Manila: France at the FIBA OQT

Jun 28, 2016 - 6:37 PM

France s road to the Rio Olympics must go through Manila in battles against the Philippines as well as New Zealand

TOUGHER ROAD. France will be hungry for a better performance at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as they remember the shock loss at EuroBasket 2015 that derailed hopes for an outright Olympic berth. File photo by GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO/EPA

WATCH: If given the chance, Marc Pingris would like to visit outer space

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Marc Pingris displays his light cheerful personality as he answers questions about his interests

Road to Manila: New Zealand announces FIBA OQT roster

Jun 28, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Cut from the team are forward Finn Delany and shooting guard Ethan Rusbatch

OQT-BOUND. BJ Anthony (R) is one of the players who will be suiting up for New Zealand in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifier. File Photo by LUIS TEJIDO/EPA

WATCH: If June Mar Fajardo was not a baller, what would he be?

Jun 25, 2016 - 5:26 PM

June Mar Fajardo of Gilas Pilipinas takes time to talk about his go to vacation spot and what he would be doing if he wasn t dominating on the court

Strict but fatherly: Gilas players on Baldwin’s mentorship

Jun 23, 2016 - 4:23 PM

What is it like to be coached by Tab Baldwin?

MENTOR. Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin (R) instructs Jayson Castro at practice. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

WATCH: Terrence Romeo shares his superpower wish, closest Gilas players

Jun 22, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Find out Terrence Romeo s favorite food whether he d like to see outer space and more

Vincent Collet on France’s OQT chances: The path will be complex

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:51 PM

With 4 NBA and national team stalwarts unavailable Collet will bank on Euroleague MVP Nando De Colo Parker Boris Diaw Florent Pietrus and Leo Westermann

COMPLEX PATH. France coach Vincent Collet, seen here in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, is still mulling plans for the FIBA OQT. Photo by JORGE ZAPATA/EPA

Looking at Senegal in the FIBA OQT

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:18 PM

There are only 8 holdovers from the team that finished fourth in AfroBasket 2015 a testament to how serious Senegal is about reclaiming lost glory

SENEGAL. The national basketball team of Senegal at the AfroBasket 2015. Photo from FIBA.com

Nicolas Batum a last minute addition to France for FIBA OQT?

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:39 PM

The 6 foot 8 forward was named France’s Best Player during the FIBA World Cup in Spain in 2014

LAST MINUTE ADDITION? France's small forward Nicolas Batum dunks during the EuroBasket 2015 playoffs. Will he be able to make it to Manila for the FIBA Olympic Qualifier? Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/EPA

Wiggins won't play as Canada seeks Olympic berth at FIBA OQT

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Andrew Wiggins won t make it to Manila this July

NO OLYMPICS. Andrew Wiggins (L) won't be playing for Canada in the FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Manila. File Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas 14-man lineup announced

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:54 AM

2nd UPDATE Only Marcio Lassiter did not make the lineup which will be further cut down to 12 as the Olympic Qualifier nears

LAST 14. Ray Parks is among the 14-man lineup to go to Europe for training camp and pocket tournaments. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After Iran game, Baldwin, coaching staff to make 'tough decision' over Gilas lineup

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:08 PM

Baldwin tempers heightened anticipation over the lineup announcement Wednesday June 8 saying the players performance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum muddled any previous choices

UNDECIDED. Coach Tab Baldwin is still undecided and has a tough choice ahead of him in selecting the 14-man Gilas Pilipinas lineup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas leaves much room for growth after Iran scrimmage

Jun 08, 2016 - 1:02 AM

The scrimmage closed to the public is played to suit the coaches in order to work on situations

SCRIMMAGE. Gilas Pilipinas and Iran players shake hands after a scrimmage. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Pingris will not take Haddadi-less Iran lightly in Gilas tune-up

Jun 07, 2016 - 1:50 PM

A younger and incomplete Iran squad still won t be an easy opponent for Gilas Pilipinas says Pingris

STILL COMPETITIVE. Marc Pingris says the tune-up game between Gilas Pilipinas and Iran will still be competitive despite Iran missing big man Hamed Haddadi. Photo from FIBA.com

Blatche calls on Pinoys to support Gilas at Olympic qualifiers

Jun 06, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Andray Blatche wants Filipinos to support Gilas on their homecourt the way they did at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships

Andray Blatche watches the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup matches on Sunday. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

Younger Iran aims to gain experience in tune-up vs Gilas Pilipinas

Jun 06, 2016 - 3:28 AM

Iran is in a transition phase to a new set of younger players for its national team

IRAN VS GILAS. Iran will be playing a tune-up game versus Gilas Pilipinas ahead of the FIBA Olympic Qualifier. Seen in photo are (from L-R) Arsalan Kazemi, Oshin Sahakian, and head coach Dirk Bauermann. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Haddadi-Fajardo duel not happening at Iran-Gilas tune-up games

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The 7 foot 2 Iranian center won’t be in Manila for tune up games versus the Philippines ahead of the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers

NO BATTLE OF THE TITANS. Hamed Haddadi (L) and June Mar Fajardo will not clash in Manila as Iran visits for a pair of tune-up games against Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from FIBA and Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

After absence, Tenorio savors new chance with Gilas Pilipinas

Jun 03, 2016 - 12:00 PM

LA Tenorio brings his vast international experience to the Gilas pool preparing for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

NEW OPPORTUNITY. LA Tenorio is enjoying being back with national team Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Andray Blatche arrives in Manila for Gilas training

May 28, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Andray Blatche will join Gilas Pilipinas preparations for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

IN MANILA. Andray Blatche, naturalized import for Gilas Pilipinas, takes a photo with a fan. Photo from joenasruiz's Instagram account

Gilas set for training, tune-ups in Europe for Olympic Qualifier

May 19, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Take a look at Gilas Pilipinas’ schedule in the next two months leading up to the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila

HIGH GEAR. Preparations of Gilas Pilipinas for the Olympic Qualifiers kick into high gear as the PBA Finals wrap up. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Ray Parks eager to play for Gilas Pilipinas: 'I'm ready'

May 19, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Bigger and wiser Bobby Ray Parks Jr sets his sights on making the final Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers

JAM. Ray Parks is back in Manila and training with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Slaughter, Rosser out of Gilas pool for FIBA OQT due to injuries

May 18, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Both players are out due to ankle injuries and surgeries and will no longer be options for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

OUT. Greg Slaughter (R) and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser are out of the Gilas Pilipinas pool due to injuries. Slaughter photo by Czeasar Dancel, Rosser file photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

4 French NBA players to skip Olympic Qualifiers

May 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Nicolas Batum Evan Fournier Ian Mahinmi and Rudy Gobert will not join the tournament

NO OQT. France's NBA players (from L-R), Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, Ian Mahinmi, and Rudy Gobert, will not see action for France in the Olympic Qualifier in Manila. Photos by SEBASTIEN NOGIER, EMMANUEL DUNAND, ERIK S. LESSER, and YOAN VALAT/EPA

SBP eyes June dry run for FIBA Olympic Qualifiers

May 17, 2016 - 6:10 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas might hold more than one dry run for the crucial tournament

OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS. The Philippines will have homecourt advantage as they try to earn a spot at the Rio 2016 basketball tournament. Photo from FIBA.com

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila schedule

Apr 26, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mark your calendars for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila this July

OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS. The Philippines will have homecourt advantage as they try to earn a spot at the Rio 2016 basketball tournament. Photo from FIBA.com

SBP concerned about Blatche's conditioning

Apr 12, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V Pangilinan hopes to see the Blatche that suited up in Spain and not in Changsha

All systems go for 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Manila

Apr 12, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V Pangilinan promises to pull out all the stops for the qualifying tournament