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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

LIVE: Canada vs France – FIBA OQT Final

Jul 10, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Get live updates from the 2016 FIBA OQT Final with Canada vs France on July 10 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

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

Parker, Diaw hope to duplicate France's Euro 2016 success

Jul 09, 2016 - 2:57 AM

The French basketball team watched their nation s Euro 2016 semis victory while in Manila Tony Parker and co hope to make their final too

NATIONAL PRIDE. France didn't allow being out of the country keep them from watching the Euro 2016 semis. 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

New Zealand’s Paul Henare feels for his mentor, Tab Baldwin

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:03 PM

New Zealand s coach played for Gilas Tab Baldwin during the 2002 FIBA World Cup

LIVE: FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila, Day 3: NZL vs FRA and SEN vs TUR

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Get live updates from the third day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with New Zealand vs France and Senegal vs Turkey on July 7 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

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

Steve Nash thinks Kevin Durant joining the Warriors is ‘great’

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Nash believes Durant capitalized on the NBA s rules making Golden State the NBA championship favorite on paper

Photo by Josh Albelda

WATCH: Highlights of Gilas Pilipinas vs New Zealand

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Relive the Philippines vs New Zealand match at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament through these highlights

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

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

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

Steve Nash finds the Philippines’ love for basketball ‘fantastic’

Jul 06, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Nash also discusses Canada s opening win against Turkey

Photo by Josh Albelda

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

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 FIBA.com

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

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

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

WATCH: Battle of the point guards - Romeo/Castro vs Parker

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Watch as Jayson Castro Terrence Romeo and Tony Parker take turns creating highlight reels in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament showdown

FLOOR GENERALS. Terrence Romeo and Jayson Castro gave France's Tony Parker a run for his money at the one position in their OQT match. 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

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

WATCH: Andray Blatche starts game off with thunderous dunk

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The naturalized Gilas big man starts off the game against France in explosive fashion

Andray Blatche got the game started in explosive fashion.

Duterte performs ceremonial toss before Gilas vs France game

Jul 05, 2016 - 9:32 PM

President Duterte takes center court before the Philippines plays France in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

LIVE: FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila, Day 2: CAN vs SEN and PHI vs NZL

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Get live updates from the second day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with Canada vs New Zealand and Philippines vs Senegal July 6 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

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

France’s De Colo wants to earn Olympic spot for outgoing Tony Parker

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:20 PM

De Colo says it s time for France to forget the disappointment of EuroBasket 2015

HIGH NOTE. Nando De Colo, who used to be Tony Parker’s teammate with the San Antonio Spurs, says that as a teammate, he would love for Parker, Gelabale, and Pietrus to end their national team tours of duty on a high note with an Olympic berth. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

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

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

'Big possibility' Duterte will watch Gilas vs France live or on TV

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The Philippines will vie for an Olympics slot starting Tuesday July 5 against France

WILL THE PRESIDENT WATCH? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seen here speaking to supporters in Cebu on June 25, 2016, may watch Gilas Pilipinas' game versus France. File photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

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

LIVE: Gilas Pilipinas vs France – FIBA OQT Manila

Jul 04, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Get live updates from the first day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with Turkey vs Canada at 6:30 pm and Philippines vs France at 9 pm

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