Manila OQT - 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

IN PHOTOS: France defeats Canada to earn Olympic berth

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:18 AM

France goes 4 0 at the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament to book a ticket to Rio

Team France shows love for Tony Parker after he hits another big shot. 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

Mixed emotions for New Zealand coach after beating mentor Tab Baldwin

Jul 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Paul Henare spent 10 years playing for Tab Baldwin On Wednesday the student defeated the mentor at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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: Gilas loses heartbreaker to New Zealand

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:01 AM

Gilas Pilipinas crashes out of the FIBA OQT with a loss to the Tall Blacks at Mall of Asia Arena

Gilas walks off the court after their heart-breaking defeat. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: New Zealand performs Haka dance before Gilas showdown

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Philippine team remains stoic locking shoulders as the Tall Blacks perform their traditional battle cry

HAKA TIME. The New Zealand team fired itself up by performing the Haka, but the Philippines remained stoic throughout. 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

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

Turnovers, strong French guards cost Gilas victory in FIBA OQT opener

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Gilas Pilipinas committed 18 turnovers which led to 21 points from France in their loss to the 5th ranked team in the world

OVERDRIVE. Terrence Romeo and Jayson Castro of Gilas were outstanding, but could not match the 48-point output of Tony Parker and Nando De Colo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin explains benching Aguilar against France

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Japeth Aguilar was the only Gilas player not fielded during their loss to France in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

BENCHED. Japeth Aguilar was the only player not fielded in during Gilas' loss to France. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas vs France highlights

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:46 AM

Gilas Pilipinas made it interesting against one of the best teams in the world Relive some of the most exciting moments from Philippines vs France at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

MANILA SHOWDOWN. Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Tony Parker were in action for Gilas vs France. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas starts strong, falls late to France

Jul 05, 2016 - 11:29 PM

Terrence Romeo Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas go to battle with Tony Parker Boris Diaw and France at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila

Terrence Romeo makes his move against Tony Parker of France

WATCH: Fearless Jayson Castro slashes for and-1 play

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:56 PM

The Blur shows no fear as he drives to the rim for two points and the foul against France s Thomas Heurtel

BLURRED LINES. Jayson Castro showed that he could blow past French defenders

IN PHOTOS: Canada holds off Turkey in Manila OQT opener

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Canada opens up their bid to join the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament with a competitive win over Turkey

Tristan Thompson rises towards the rim. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Manila OQT: Breaking down the Philippines versus France

Jul 05, 2016 - 2:23 PM

What would a win against France mean for Gilas on the opening day of the Olympic Qualifiers?

Canada’s Jay Triano: A Manila ‘homecoming'

Jul 05, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Triano who is coaching Canada at the Olympic qualifier in Manila also played for Canada in the 1978 FIBA World Championship in Manila

Gilas Pilipinas: Bobby Ray Parks Jr

Jul 05, 2016 - 4:11 AM

Get to know Ray Parks of the Gilas Pilipinas men s national basketball team

Gilas Pilipinas: Ryan Reyes

Jul 05, 2016 - 4:07 AM

Get to know Ryan Reyes of the Gilas Pilipinas men s national basketball team

Gilas Pilipinas: Troy Rosario

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Get to know Troy Rosario of the Gilas Pilipinas national men s basketball team

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

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

Tony Parker Sr a proud dad as son's int'l career winds down

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

As Tony Parker seeks one final Olympic run his father reflects on what his son has meant to basketball and French sports

LOVE AND BASKETBALL. Tony Parker Sr, seen with his son in 2010, couldn't have imagined the level of success his son has achieved. File photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

‘Spy’ caught filming FIBA team’s practice session in Manila

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:55 PM

One national team discovers an unwanted guest at a closed practice session ahead of the FIBA Olympic qualifiers in Manila

UNINVITED. A 'spy' was caught filming a national team's practice, but was released after having the videos deleted. Photo from

France, Parker wary of Gilas’ outside shooting

Jul 03, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Tony Parker calls the Philippines fast and talented ahead of their showdown at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila

PARKER IN MANILA. San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, who is in his final run of international duty, isn't taking the Philippines lightly. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

France’s Nicolas Batum to miss game vs Gilas

Jul 03, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Gilas Pilipinas won t have to deal with Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum as he sits out the first two games due to contract concerns

OUT OF ACTION. Nicolas Batum will not be in action for France until after he signs his new deal with the Charlotte Hornets. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/EPA

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

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

Canadian team depleted for OQT

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:01 AM

Canada team manager Steve Nash and head coach Jay Triano are struggling to put together a competitive team

Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins throws down a power dunk during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP