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Gilas Women score breakthrough win to cap off FIBA Asia Cup

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:35 AM

The Philippines topples host India to retain its place in Division A

ALL SMILES. Gilas Pilipinas Women will not go home without a win. Photo from

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dead at 51

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:44 PM

'Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend'

FAREWELL. Patrick Baumann was known as a tireless worker in international basketball. Photo from FIBA

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

WATCH: High-flying Fil-Am Jalen Green stars in FIBA Under-17

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The 16-year-old standout struts his stuff in the United States' 57-point rout of Mali

YOUNG STUD. Fil-Am Jalen Green (middle) drives past two Malian defenders in the United States’ victory over Mali. Photo from FIBA

Fiba unveils Basketball World Cup 2019 candidate mascots

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Fans can now vote online for the final official mascot of the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup

UNVEILED. Speed Tiger, Son of Dream the Chinese dragon and Qiuqiu the lion are choices for the official mascots of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

PH, Indonesia, Japan bid to jointly host 2023 basketball World Cup

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas joins forces with Indonesia and Japan to bid for the hosting rights of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

BID. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas head honchos Al Panlilio (right) and Sonny Barriors announced in a press conference at the Meralco Compound in Ortigas the country's combining with Japan and Indonesia in bidding for the hosting rights of the 2023 basketball World Cup.

Gilas yet to decide on final roster for World Cup qualifiers

Nov 18, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Gilas Pilipinas needs to wait for naturalized player Andray Blatche, who is arriving Saturday evening

SCHEDULE: FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Check out the Philippines schedule of games for the Group Phase here

LOOK: 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup logo revealed

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The logo for the tournament to be hosted by China draws its inspiration from the Beijing Opera

LOGO REVEAL. The new World Cup logo is revealed in an event in Shanghai, China. Photo from FIBA

Student vs Mentor: Joseph, Parker relish matchup in OQT Final

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Both play well in the finals but Parker and France get the last laugh

Feeling like a rockstar, Tony Parker plans return to Philippines next summer

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Parker was very complimentary of the Filipino people and how they received the France national team

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

France headed to Rio Olympics after winning Manila OQT

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Tony Parker delivers late to clinch the championship for France

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

France’s experience not a major advantage over Canada, says Diaw

Jul 10, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Diaw also touches on France’s slow starts in the Manila OQT and the team’s depth

France barges into OQT final with takedown of Turkey

Jul 09, 2016 - 10:48 PM

France will face Canada in the finals for a ticket to the Rio Olympics

Canada survives close call against New Zealand to advance

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Canada awaits the winner of France vs Turkey to determine whom it faces in the finals

Jimmy Alapag: Gilas Pilipinas will rise again

Jul 09, 2016 - 5:12 PM

As Gilas picks up the pieces after another defeat the former team captain is confident the national team live fight once again

LITTLE BIG MAN. Gilas team captain Jimmy Alapag is determined to go out with a bang. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP


Jul 09, 2016 - 3:25 AM

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Nicolas Batum ready for Manila debut in FIBA OQT semis

Jul 08, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Batum s all around game will be a huge plus for France as it enters the semis

The void left by Castro's Gilas retirement won't easily be filled

Jul 08, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Jayson Castro leaves behind big shoes to fill by departing from the national team

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

How to create a better atmosphere at Gilas home games

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A fan s take on how to transform MOA Arena into a hell for visiting teams

Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas: defeated, but unbroken

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Gilas Pilipinas may have a different lineup next time but the team has shown the ability to rise up from adversity time and again

France rallies to avoid upset vs New Zealand

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:41 PM

France erases a 10 point lead entering the fourth period to go 2 0 in the Manila OQT

France vs New Zealand FIBA Olympic Qualifiers. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Turkey escapes Senegal, makes FIBA OQT semis

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Big shots down the stretch by Muhammed help Turkey advance

Senegal vs Turkey FIBA Olympic Qualifiers. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Baldwin sees positives for Gilas despite early OQT exit

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Baldwin highlights how important it was for Gilas to get a taste of top notch international competition

Gilas in pain, but ‘can’t stop being proud’ - Norwood

Jul 07, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Norwood says that the amount of hard work the team put in entering the tourney makes the defeat tougher to handle

Netizens still proud despite Gilas Pilipinas' FIBA OQT exit

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:16 AM

Even with the heartbreaking loss netizens and spectators still showed their support for Gilas Pilipinas until the very end

Gilas falls to New Zealand, gets eliminated in front of home crowd

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:54 PM

A day after losing a close game to France Gilas suffers a similar fate versus New Zealand

Canada survives Senegal to make FIBA OQT semis

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Canada will face the second placers from Group B for a chance to make the finals

Preview: Gilas Pilipinas faces must-win situation vs New Zealand

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Philippines faces a must win situation against New Zealand following the loss to France Here s a look at how they match up

WIN OR GO HOME. Luckily for the Philippines, the Tall Blacks aren't as tall as their French opponents last night. Photo from

PNP generals, British pound, Gilas Pilipinas | 12PM wRap

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Loss to France in line with the script of Gilas

Jul 06, 2016 - 11:00 AM

In a storyline which has become a bitter pattern the Philippines grabs a lead against a powerhouse team only to fall in the end

WHERE'D THAT GO? Andray Blatche tries to hold on to the ball in Gilas' game vs France. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Parker heaps praise on Philippine crowd, Gilas guards

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:09 AM

France rallies from an early deficit against Gilas to get the win on the OQT s opening day

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Disappointment as Gilas squanders early lead, falls to France

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Tony Parker and Nando De Colo lead France in its opening win over the Philippines

Joseph leads Canada past Turkey in OQT opener

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Canada wins its first game and will face Senegal next

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

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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

Blatche feels Gilas was ‘a lot better’ despite second loss to Turkey

Jul 02, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Blatche also says Gilas will need the Filipino crowd s support next week as they chase a spot in the 2016 Olympics

Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

Gilas shows promise, but there's much room for improvement

Jul 02, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Gilas made it close against Turkey but they have no room for error as they vie for a spot at the Olympics

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Gilas drops to Turkey again ahead of FIBA OQT

Jul 01, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Gilas starts strong but falters in the second half to Turkey

Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tony Parker, Team France arrive in Philippines

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:21 AM

The Olympic Qualifiers are drawing near as teams arrive in the Philippines

FIBA launches free basketball coaching app

May 14, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The app is available for free on both IOS and Android devices with optimal user experience enjoyed on tablets

The FIBA basketball coaching app. Screengrab from Google Play

FIBA battles for control of European basketball

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:55 PM

FIBA threatens to ban national teams from European Championships if their top clubs play in the Eurocup which is linked to Euroleague rather than the new Champions League

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Philippines likely to be named one of 3 OQT hosts - report

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:12 PM

Serbia and Italy are the other two reported favorites

Alapag on failed FIBA bid: 'It's another step forward for PH basketball'

Aug 14, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Hopefully it s just another step forward for us for Philippine basketball Philippine sports and ultimately for the entire country says Jimmy Alapag

ONE STEP FORWARD. One of Philippine basketball's icons Jimmy Alapag believes the Philippines' loss against China is still a step forward and not something to be ashamed of. Screengrab from FIBA YouTube account

FIBA World Cup 2019, parang pag-ibig lang

Aug 09, 2015 - 8:53 PM

May mga susunod pang FIBA World Cup at babawi tayo Basta sa atin ang West Philippine Sea

Yao Ming: Philippines pushed China to its limits

Aug 08, 2015 - 1:16 PM

They were great opponents Yao Ming says of the Philippines after China won the right to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup

It's 14-7 for China in FIBA Central Board votes

Aug 07, 2015 - 8:47 PM

China will host its first ever FIBA World Cup in 2019 after besting the Philippines in the bidding

CHINA PREVAILS. China overcomes the Philippines in the bidding war for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Screengrab from FIBA YouTube account

Yao Ming to PH: 'Your presentation much better than ours'

Aug 07, 2015 - 5:48 PM

The 7 foot 6 basketball star shares his observation right after both countries presented their final pitches for the right to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

'BETTER THAN OURS'. China's own Yao Ming sat at the Philippine delegation's table and admitted their presentation was better than China's. Screengrab from FIBA YouTube Account

FIBA: Philippines tugs at heartstrings, China boasts progress

Aug 07, 2015 - 5:18 PM

The Philippines trumpets its social media freedom which China doesn t have The Asian giant however showcases its infrastructure and modern facilities

PUSO. Jimmy Alapag talks about what "puso" or heart means to Filipinos during the Philippines' final presentation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup hosting bid. Screengrab from FIBA YouTube account

HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 FIBA World Cup Final Pitch

Aug 07, 2015 - 3:51 PM

China prevails over the Philippines for the right to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Look back on the event through Rappler s highlights