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LIST: Philippine leagues suspended amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Local sports leagues and events are put on hold due to the virus pandemic

HIATUS. Sports action takes a break as major local leagues prioritize the safety of athletes and staff members.

Ex-La Salle guard Josh Torralba finds way back in MPBL

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:10 PM

'I am just grateful to be here, have another chance to play basketball here in the Philippines,' says Makati stalwart Josh Torralba

Nueva Ecija adds Gomez de Liaño bros, homegrown Palma

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño take their talents to the MPBL as Nueva Ecija seeks to make a splash next season

TANDEM. Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño join the MPBL. Photo from UAAP

Davao Occidental tops Zamboanga in low-scoring MPBL semis

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 AM

The extremely low-scoring affair set a number of MPBL records, including the lowest points combined in a game of 75

TOPSCORER. Emman Calo emerges as the lone player in double figures in Game 1 of the semifinals series between Davao Occidental and Zamboanga. Photo from MPBL

MPBL: Clutch Lastimosa averts Manila semis meltdown

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:01 PM

Former NCAA standout Carlo Lastimosa powers Manila within a win of a title berth

GUNG-HO. Carlo Lastimosa takes over in the dying seconds of the Manila-Makati semis duel. Photo release

Pacquiao next fight most likely in July

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Manny Pacquiao talks boxing again after sitting out in the MPBL All-Star Game

Pacquiao Opens Manila Training Camp in Preparation for Thurman. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Viernes dazzles in MPBL All-Star Game, Carlos rules Dunk Contest anew

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:08 PM

Jeff Viernes puts the South All-Stars on his back to win the All-Star MVP for the second straight year

DETERMINED. Jeff Viernes' competitive nature takes over even in the All-Star Game. Photo from MPBL

Homegrown hero Jeruta lifts Iloilo to crucial win

Jan 21, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Aaron Jeruta comes up clutch as Iloilo United finally gets a win in its home court after 3 tries

CLUTCH. Aaron Jeruta bucks a rough shooting performance to deliver a win for Iloilo United. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

San Juan catches fire, wallops Davao in MPBL finals rematch

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:22 PM

John Wilson and San Juan bag their 23rd win in 26 games with a 19-point romp over Davao Occidental

1000-POINT MAN. John Wilson, who became the first player in MPBL history to score at least 1,000, continues to take charge for San Juan. Photo release

John Wilson reaches 1,000-point MPBL milestone

Jan 12, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Former NCAA MVP John Wilson becomes the first player in the MPBL to rack up 1,000 points

RECORD-SETTER. John Wilson makes history in the young league. Photo release

Pacquiao erupts for triple-double in MPBL Canada All-Stars

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Manny Pacquiao dazzles as the MPBL treats Filipino basketball fans in Calgary

ICON. Manny Pacquiao wows the Filipino crowd in the MBPBL exhibition game in Canada.File photo from MPBL

MPBL All-Star squads take act to Calgary, Edmonton

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Manny Pacquiao banners two all-star team selections as the MPBL treats Filipino fans in Canada

UPSET BID. Jayjay Helterbrand and also-ran Imus hope to play spoiler against Zambianga in Canada. Photo release

Dyke rides on confidence in 1st MPBL Lakan Cup double-double outing

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Former La Salle Green Archer Mark Dyke pours in hard work to improve his shooting skills

BEARING FRUIT. Mark Dyke is glad that he sees the fruit of his hard work in his game. Photo from release

Valenzuela halts MPBL slide over hapless Sarangani

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Ex-PBA players Val Acuña and Paolo Hubalde star as Valenzuela deals Sarangani its 23rd loss in 24 games

DIME DROPPER. Paolo Hubalde registers a double-double for Valenzuela. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Kyle Neypes propels Biñan over Caloocan in MPBL Lakan Cup

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Despite being in foul trouble, Kyle Neypes delivers to lift Biñan to a win over Caloocan

REDEMPTION. Kyle Neypes redeems himself with a breakout performance after an eight-game slump. Photo from release

Mindoro snaps MPBL skid with escape over Rizal

Dec 19, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Richard Abanes topscores for Mindoro and hits the go-ahead free throw in the dying seconds

BACK ON TRACK. Richard Abanes steers Mindoro to its 9th win. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Unsure of MPBL return, Helterbrand takes step back for Imus

Dec 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Jayjay Helterbrand, who is mulling whether he will return next season, says he is 'just enjoying' Imus' remaining games of the season

BATTLE-TESTED. Jayjay Helterbrand has been a steady veteran presence for Imus Banderas. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Pacquiao files game-fixing complaints against 21 individuals

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) Twenty-one MPBL players and officials face game-fixing, betting and point shaving charges

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Manny Pacquiao and MPBL officials continue their investigation on game-fixing in the league. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pacquiao fires 42 as MPBL execs exact revenge on Dubai All Stars

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao showcases his basketball wares in a Dubai exhibition match

ON FIRE. Manny Pacquiao unloads 6 triples in a 42-point performance. Photo from MPBL

Chasing happiness: Gab Banal proves PBA not end-all, be-all

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:09 PM

For journeyman Gab Banal, his long list of duties is enough proof that hoop dreams don’t begin and end with the big league

NOTHING TO PROVE. Gab Banal says his basketball experience has been ‘very rich.’ Photo from PBA Images

Batangas joins MPBL games in Dubai; Pacquiao attending

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The inaugural MPBL champions join the Davao Occidental Tigers and Imus Bandera in the Dubai showcase this September

ACTION-PACKED. Expect a thrilling duel when a solid Batangas side battles an Imus squad bannered by former Ginebra player Jayjay Helterbrand and celebrity Gerald Anderson. Photo from MPBL

MPBL: Imus chemistry still in the works, says Gerald Anderson

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Bannered by celebrity baller Gerald Anderson and former Ginebra star Jayjay Helterbrand, Imus hopes to find its winning groove

LEARNING EXPERIENCE. After his team’s embarrassing loss, Gerald Anderson says Imus figured what they need to work on. Photo release

Davao Occidental, Imus flying to Dubai for MPBL games

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:42 AM

Expected to attract overseas Filipino workers are the Banderas' Jayjay Helterbrand and Gerald Anderson

NEW LEAGUE. Jayjay Helterbrand resumes his basketball career with the Imus Banderas. Photo from MPBL's Facebook page

Jayjay Helterbrand signs with Imus, completes Gerald Anderson tandem

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The former Ginebra star comes out of retirement to banner the Imus squad in the MPBL

BACK TO THE GRIND. Jayjay Helterbrand has been trying get back into game shape. Photo from PBA Images

UST captain Marvin Lee to skip final UAAP season for MPBL

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Tigers coach Aldin Ayo admits that he advised veteran point guard Marvin Lee to just hone his craft in the MPBL

SWAN SONG. The Tigers lose a steadfast leader in Marvin Lee. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MPBL: Valenzuela beefier, deeper; taps Esplana as head coach

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

A retooled Valenzuela squad expects a more competitive run with former PBA star Gerry Esplana at the coaching helm

TURNAROUND. Team captain Paolo Hubalde expects better results this season following the addition of several key players. Photo release

Mindoro, Bicol join MPBL; Sta Lucia Realtors return

May 20, 2019 - 4:05 PM

More teams are vying for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League crown as the Lakandula Cup opens in June

THE MORE, THE MERRIER. The MPBL, founded by Manny Pacquiao, continues to grow in number of teams. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ex-UAAP standouts Arvin Tolentino, Kib Montalbo join MPBL

May 07, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Two teams look to add youth and energy to their rosters with the addition of former FEU star Arvin Tolentino and ex-La Salle captain Kib Montalbo

After 10-month grind, San Juan emerges as new MPBL king

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:21 PM

San Juan caps a grueling MPBL Datu Cup run by conquering Davao Occidental in a thrilling finale

GAME HERO. Mike Ayonayon explodes for 33 points to bag the Finals MVP. Photo release

Davao Occi, Billy Robles force MPBL Finals do-or-die with San Juan

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The Davao Occidental Tigers extend the 2019 MPBL Datu Cup National Finals to a Game 5

DO-OR-DIE. Davao and San Juan battle it out in the 2019 MPBL Datu Cup National Finals. Photo from release

South tops North as Viernes, Anderson shine in MPBL All-Stars

Mar 03, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Spitfire guard Jeff Viernes and celebrity baller Gerald Anderson fuel the South All-Stars' dominating win over the North squad

BIG WIN. The South squad bags the crown and the P500,00 top prize in the All-Stars showdown. Photo from PayMaya

MPBL's Makati squad: New name, bigger goal

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:25 PM

After getting a shot in the arm, Makati Super Crunch aims for the MPBL title

NEW KITS. The Makati Super Crunch unveil their new uniforms for the MPBL Datu Cup. Photo by Roy Luarca

Ex-UP Maroon Kyles Lao keen on stepping up for Manila Stars

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year says he's always ready to contribute whenever given the playing time

KEY BUCKETS. Coming off the bench, Kyles Lao delivers for the Manila Stars in the clutch. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Muntinlupa stays perfect in Ayo's MPBL debut

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The Cagers stretch their unbeaten run to 8 games under collegiate champion coach Aldin Ayo

WINNING ACT. Aldin Ayo looks to steer another team to the championship. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UST sees no problem in Aldin Ayo's UAAP-MPBL juggling act

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Ayo simultaneously serves as head coach of the UST Growling Tigers and the Muntinlupa Cagers

JUGGLING ACT. Aldin Ayo is confident that he can strike a balance between his commitments. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fil-Am Joshua Munzon eyes PH as next stop

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:50 PM

After spending two years in the ABL as a heritage import, the Filipino-American sees himself playing in the country in the future

WEIGHING OPTIONS. Joshua Munzon is weighing options whether to join the Pampanga Lanterns in the MPBL or join the PBA D-League. Photo from Power Sport Images

LOOK: Gerald Anderson scores 1st point in MPBL home debut

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The celebrity baller's game may be all about defense, but don’t be so quick to dismiss his offensive skills

MAIN ATTRACTION. Point guard Gerald Anderson (left) focuses on defense and tallies 3 steals. Photo from MPBL

MPBL week 4: Parks gets top player nod, Xian Lim debuts

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The former National University standout earns another Player of the Week honor for his triple-double effort

SIZZLING. Ray Parks comes up with another big week. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MPBL: Parks flirts with quadruple-double

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Ray Parks puts on another show as actor Xiam Lim also debuts in Mandaluyong’s 43-point rout of Pasig

ALL-AROUND. Mandaluyong's Ray Parks finishes just 3 steals  short from a quadruple-double outing. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MPBL week 2: Parks sets league record, Cardona restarts with San Juan

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Bobby Ray Parks Jr recovers from a messy opening day outing with a record-breaking performance, while Mac Cardona returns to the hardwood after a one-year hiatus

COMEBACK. Mar Cardona returns to the hardwood with the San Juan Knights. Photo by JR Isaga

MPBL: Ex-pro Apinan sinks game-winner to lift Makati

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The Skyscrapers rally from 16 points down to escape the Manila Stars in the fledgling basketball league

GAME HERO. Jeckster Apinan leads Makati with 24 points, the last on a layup that completes the Skyscrapers' comeback. Photo from MPBL

Parks dishes out MPBL record 15 assists

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

A more focused Ray Parks powers Mandaluyong El Tigre to their first victory

BOUNCE BACK. Ray Parks recovers from a frustrating first game with a double-double of 13 points and 15 assists.

MPBL: Resilient Cardona not done with basketball

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:59 PM

After many personal controversies, the former PBA player says he's ready to work his way back on the hardcourt

SECOND CHANCE. Mac Cardona hopes to make the most of his basketball comeback. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

MPBL week 1: Juntilla bags Player of the Week, Sazon wows in opener

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Newcomer Zamboanga gets its campaign going with a win behind former pro player Reed Juntilla

JAM-PACKED OPENER. Marikina trips General Santos, 88-81, in the first week of MPBL action. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Makati clinches maiden franchise win in Datu Cup over Basilan

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Skyscrapers prevent Basilan Steel from spoiling its MPBL debut

DEBUT. The Makati Skyscrapers are off to a promising start to their MPBL campaign. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

After MPBL disappointment, Abu Tratter gets call from Gilas for Asiad

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The former La Salle forward is part of the 12-man Philippine team that will fly to Indonesia in August for the Asian Games

NEXT LEVEL. Abu Tratter will be seeing action for the national team for the second time. File photo from PBA Images

MPBL warns Parks: Repeat offense may lead to severe sanction

Jun 16, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes issues Ray Parks a memo for his disparaging statements on the fledgling basketball league

WARNING. The MPBL reminds newcomer Ray Parks to abide by the league rules and regulations. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Paolo Orbeta leaves past nightmares, treads new basketball path

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The once embattled CSB Blazers point guard now owns the Makati team that's set to debut in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League

UNDYING LOVE. Paolo Orbeta pursues a different basketball dream and offers his new path to his son Grey.  Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'They don’t want me in this league,' says Ray Parks after MPBL debut

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Foul troubles hamper the two-time Asean Basketball League MVP's first game with Mandaluyong El Tigre

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Amid the controversies, Ray Parks says he's taking everything as a challenge. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MPBL newcomer Zamboanga ready to make noise

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Valientes – who even have a team jingle to boot – target a strong debut with a squad reinforced by former pros

NEWCOMER. Zamboanga Valientes hope to pull some surprises in the MPBL. Photo from the team's official Facebook account