FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2018 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2018


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

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-breaker Troy Rike inspires Gilas patron to pay it forward

Jul 05, 2018 - 1:12 PM

A Philippine basketball team sponsor doubles Troy Rike's donation to Philippine and Australian charities

ROLE MODEL. Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas (left) says Gilas cadet player Troy Rike shows maturity beyond his years. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

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

Fare hike, Gilas’ Troy Rike, Joyce Bernal directs SONA | Midday wRap

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Ex-national team coach Yeng Guiao backs Gilas after infamous brawl

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:03 AM

The firebrand tactician, who mentored the Philippine squad a decade ago, says the Australians should be blamed for the bench-clearing melee

DEFENSE. Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas players acted on their 'natural human instinct' when they figured in the full-blown skirmish with Australia. Photo from PBA Images

Fajardo says mom's presence kept him away from brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:09 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP gets praise for keeping himself in check during the bench-clearing melee that marred the Philippines-Australia matchup

KEEPING A COOL HEAD. June Mar Fajardo is one of the 3 Gilas Pilipinas players who were not ejected against Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Gilas brawl pacifier Troy Rike donates incentive

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:32 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas cadet receives P100,000 for protecting Australia's Christopher Goulding during the fight-marred FIBA match

PACIFIER. Troy Rike protected Australia's Christopher Goulding from taking more beating. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Chot Reyes hopes Gilas comes out 'better and stronger' after skirmish

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The national team coach offers an apology but also sends gratitude to those who backed Gilas amid criticisms

BLAMED. Chot Reyes is blamed by Australia assistant coach Luc Longley for the brawl. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

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

PBA to meet Gilas players after fight-marred FIBA match

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Gilas Pilipinas players return to their mother teams in the PBA as the league enters the homestretch of the elimination round of the Commissioner's Cup

THROWN OUT. Terrence Romeo is one of the 9 Gilas players ejected in the Philippines' default loss to Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Disgraceful, embarrassing: Netizens dismayed with Gilas-Australia brawl

Jul 02, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Several sports personalities and other social media users point out how disappointing the game turned out

Gilas loses to Australia by default in World Cup Qualifiers

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Filipinos are left with no players to field with 9 ejected and the 3 remaining fouling out

PREMATURE ENDING. The Filipinos surrender a 36-point loss to the Aussies with a quarter left to play. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

9 Gilas players ejected after brawl with Australia

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Gilas Pilipinas ends up losing by default against the visiting Australians

Gilas Pilipinas. File photo from FIBA

LOOK: Bench-clearing brawl mars Gilas-Australia game

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The keenly-awaited matchup turns into a free-for-all

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

Australia says it had 'pure' intentions after PH Arena incident

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The Aussies apologize for ripping off the hardcourt decals of Gilas Pilipinas' corporate sponsors, but point out that their only concern was player safety

JUST IN TIME. Court decals removed by Australia are replaced just in time for its game against Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

SBP accepts Australia apology for PH Arena incident

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Aussies caught the ire of Philippine basketball officials for ripping the FIBA-approved decals without permission

REPLACEMENT. FIBA-approved stickers removed by Australia are replaced with new ones. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Gilas backers upset as Australia removes stickers at PH Arena

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:31 AM

Manny Pangilinan and Ronald Mascariñas voice out their frustrations with the Aussies

TOP RANK. Gilas Pilipinas go for the top spot in Group B as it hosts Australia. Photo from FIBA

Gilas seeks to slay the giants in Australia before Filipinos

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The Filipinos hold on to the hope of beating the Aussies the same way Japan pulled off a monumental upset against Australia

ON THE BRINK. A win against Australia will put Gilas Pilipinas at the top of Group B in the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. File photo from FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas tweaks lineup vs Australia in World Cup Qualifiers

Jul 01, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Baser Amer and Carl Bryan Cruz replace Jio Jalalon and Allein Maliksi against the Aussies

NUMBER ONE. Gilas Pilipinas is vying for the top spot in Group B as it meets Australia. Photo from FIBA

June Mar Fajardo proves worth with another masterful Gilas showing

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:59 PM

'The Kraken' leads the Philippines with 22 points in a 22-point demolition of Chinese Taipei

FLEXING HIS MUSCLES. June Mar Fajardo submits his best game in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform to date. Photo from FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas frustrates Chinese Taipei in World Cup Qualifiers

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Filipinos improve to a 4-1 record in Group B and hand the Taiwanese their 4th loss in 5 games

CONSISTENT. Jayson Castro delivers once again for Gilas Pilipinas with another double-digit output. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Familiarity key in Gilas-Chinese Taipei rematch

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The Filipinos, although already assured of a spot in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers, are seeking to upset the Taiwanese in front of their home crowd

SPOILER. Gilas Pilipinas seeks to upset the home crown in Chinese Taipei when it faces the Taiwanese squad on Friday, June 29. File photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Chinese Taipei - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will face the Taiwanese squad on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

Romeo returns to international play as Gilas lineup vs Chinese Taipei revealed

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Terrence Romeo's comeback provides a major offensive boost for the national side that's missing guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas

COMEBACK. Terrence Romeo suits up for the national team for the first time in a long while. File photo from FIBA