Philippine men’s basketball team - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine men’s basketball team


Despite exclusion, Matthew Wright always ready to answer Gilas call-up

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The 27-year-old wishes the team the best in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers

TOP GUNNER. Matthew Wright remains focused in Phoenix's campaign in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Scottie Thompson hopes Ginebra's Never Say Die spirit rubs off on Gilas

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Four Gin Kings players will see action for the national team when it kicks off the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan

FAMILIAR FACES. Scottie Thompson looks forward to sharing the floor with his Ginebra teammates. Photo from FIBA

Guiao: Gilas needs to go beyond size upgrade

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may have more big men at its disposal, but national coach Yeng Guiao says the team needs to raise its level of play

TOWERING. (From left) June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram will form Gilas Pilipinas' frontcourt against Kazakhstan. Photos by Josh Albelda (Fajardo and Slaughter), Czeasar Dancel (Aguilar) and FIBA (Erram)

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Team Pilipinas aims to bolster its chances for a World Cup berth against a Kazakhstan team it crushed in the Asian Games

Blatche 'hurt' by Gilas non-inclusion, but says he's always available

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The former NBA player claims he turned down offers to play in China just so he could be available for the Philippines in the World Cup qualifiers

WAITING. Andray Blatche will have to wait until the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers to have a chance of playing for the Philippines again. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Big school: Kai Sotto finds mentors in Fajardo, Slaughter

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

As the youngest in the Gilias pool, the 7-foot-1 prodigy sees a rare chance to work on his arsenal with the country's best big men

WUNDERKIND. Although the youngest at 16 years old, Kai Sotto is the tallest in the latest Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool at 7-foot-1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bong Go now part of Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go will serve as head of delegation to the national team in the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

DIFFERENT FIELD. Bong Go says he could still be called SAP – Special Assistant to the Philippine team. Photo from Delfin Dioquino

'Dream come true' as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The 7-foot-1 teen star can't wait to join PBA stalwarts like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in the Gilas training

EXCITED. Kai Sotto says he's looking forward to learn from national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from FIBA

Gilas comeback 'new challenge' for Arwind Santos

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:51 AM

At 37 years old, Arwind Santos gets a chance to join the national team again after 9 years

SPIDERMAN. Arwind Santos will be suiting up for the national team for the first time since 2009. Photo courtesy of PBA media group.

Yeng Guiao 'experimenting' without Blatche

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'I feel that maybe If I can talk to him, maybe I can lessen the disappointment but I really don't know how he values my counsel,' Guiao on Andray Blatche

'WELP'. Andray Blatche reacts to head coach Yeng Guiao's decision not to include him in the 20-man training pool. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Guiao thrilled handling tallest PH team frontcourt in history

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao looks forward to the team up of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar with the returning Andray Blatche

TOWERING PRESENCE. Back from injury, June Mar Fajardo will don the national colors again in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images

No Slaughter in Gilas final 12 as Thompson, Cabagnot suit up

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Yeng Guiao unveils the 12-man Philippine lineup set to compete against Iran in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

DEBUT. Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson is set to debut under national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chot Reyes 'steps aside' for Yeng Guiao as Gilas Pilipinas coach

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Reyes will still contribute to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in other capacities

'STEP ASIDE'. Chot Reyes gives way to Yeng Guiao as national men's basketball team head coach. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FIBA: Greg Slaughter cleared to play as Gilas local

Sep 08, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Filipino-American center gets the go signal to suit up as a local player when Gilas Pilipinas sees action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

ADDED CEILING. Greg Slaughter will provide the much needed height when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran on Thursday, September 13. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Guiao: 'I thought we would fail but I was dead wrong'

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The fiery mentor admits that he had thoughts of the hastily-formed national team failing in the 2018 Asian Games

WORTH IT. Coach Yeng was proven wrong by the positive outcome of Gilas Pilipinas' 2018 Asian Games campaign. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Dad Mike confident Jordan Clarkson will return to PH team

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The father of the Filipino-American NBA player says the Philippine team experience feels better than his son's NBA Finals stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers

BRIGHT SPOT. National team coach Yeng Guiao hopes Jordan Clarkson can don the country's colors again. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Gilas drubs Syria for 5th place Asiad finish

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The national men's basketball team pens a fairly happy ending to its dramatic Asian Games campaign

WINNING EXIT. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine basketball team close out their campaign with a victory. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gilas targets Syria win to cap roller-coaster campaign

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team shoots for a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games

FINAL MATCH. Paul Lee and the Philippine men's basketball team aims for a winning exit in the Asiad. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Mission not yet accomplished for toothless Erram

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Even if he has to play minus his front teeth, Poy Erram isn't about to give any excuse as Gilas Pilipinas shoots for a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games

ALL-OUT. Poy Erram is not giving up until the end of Gilas Pilipinas' Asian Games campaign.

Standhardinger rues missed medal: 'We all made mistakes'

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:27 AM

The Filipino-German workhorse believes everyone – and not just head coach Yeng Guiao – is responsible for the Philippines slipping to the consolation round

SCORING MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger vents his ire against Japan with a game-high 27 points as the Philippines secures at least a sixth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Winning Asiad finish 'good going away present' for Clarkson

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Out of medal contention, the Philippine men's basketball team shoots for its best ranking in 16 years in the 2018 Asian Games

WINNING WAYS. Jordan Clarkson hopes to wrap up his Philippine stint with back-to-back wins. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gilas drubs 8-man Japan, eyes 5th place in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:36 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team picks up its first win with Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson

BREAKTHROUGH. Jordan Clarkson didn't let Japan get in his way to score his first triumph with the national team. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Add this one to Gilas’ Korean curse timeline

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:41 PM

It seems like the Philippines falls for the Korean playbook over and over again

ASIAD AGONY. Korea deals Jordan Clarkson and the Philippines another heartbreaker. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gabe Norwood feels bad for Jordan Clarkson

Aug 27, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Cleveland Cavalier is still winless with the Philippine men's basketball team in the 2018 Asian Games

CLOSING OUT GAMES. Gabe Norwood (right) thinks the rest of the Nationals could do more to help Jordan Clarkson in the endgame. Photos by Adrian Portugal

Ratliffe admits bittersweet feeling playing vs Gilas

Aug 27, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Former PBA import Ricardo Ratliffe says he's impressed that the Philippines put up a good fight against South Korea

PH FAN. Ricardo Ratcliffe continues to follow the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Suspended Chot praises stand-in Guiao

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'We were one or two places away from reversing the outcome of this game,' says Chot Reyes

GREAT EFFORT. Suspended national team coach Chot Reyes says his sub Yeng Guiao put together a 'really great game plan.' Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Guiao on Korean heartbreaker: 'It’s my fault'

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:19 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao admits the team couldn't handle Korea’s long bombs, zone defense and naturalized player Ricardo Ratliffe

ARCH NEMESIS. Korea gives Philippine team newcomer Jordan Clarkson a taste of its relentless brand of play. Photo by Asian Games media pool

Grateful netizens wish to see Clarkson play for Gilas again

Aug 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Even after the Korean heartbreak, Twitter users hope it won't be the last time Filipino-American NBA star Jordan Clarkson plays for the Philippines

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH falls victim to Korean curse yet again in Asian Games 2018

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The Philippine men’s basketball team absorbs another heartbreak as Korea spoils the country’s semifinal bid in the 2018 Asian Games

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Guiao: 'Hard to prepare against a team that has no weakness'

Aug 26, 2018 - 8:56 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team says it's ready to grind it out against South Korea in the knockout quarterfinal

PREPARATION. National team coach Yeng Guiao thinks the squad has prepared well for South Korea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Guiao on PH-Korea showdown: ‘Things are even this time’

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine basketball team shoots for a semifinal spot versus a familiar heartbreaker

ACID TEST. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine men's basketball team shoot for a semifinals spot against defending Asian Games champion Korea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gilas braces for former PBA import, old nemesis Korea

Aug 23, 2018 - 4:05 PM

National basketball team coach Yeng Guiao says there's more to Korea than naturalized player and former PBA import Ricardo Ratliffe

MUST WIN. The Philippine men's basketball team hopes to pick up a victory with Jordan Clarkson in the knockout quarterfinal. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LOOK: Jakarta’s Filipino community hosts lunch for Gilas team

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Members of the Philippine basketball team say the gesture helped them combat homesickness after a week away from the country

HOME COURT. The Philippine men's basketball team gets overwhelming support from the Filipino community in Jakarta. Photo from Bryan Gregorio's Facebook account

Clarkson 'head and shoulders' above Asiad competition, says Guiao

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:53 PM

With the Cleveland Cavalier in tow, the Filipinos nearly shatter a 44-year losing streak against China in the Asian Games

STAT-STUFFER. Jordan Clarkson pulls no punches in his keenly awaited debut for the Philippine team. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Clarkson-led Gilas falls short vs China in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The Philippines misses a chance to end a 44-year Asian Games drought against China

TOUGH LOSS. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine men's basketball team fall short against China. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Jordan Clarkson gears up for PH flag-bearer role

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The Fil-Am NBA player will be at the helm of the Philippine contingent during the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday, August 18

ROLE MODEL. Bestowing the honor of flag-bearer to Jordan Clarkson sends a good message, says Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez.

Jordan Clarkson gets first Gilas glimpse

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The retooled Philippine basketball men’s team gives the Fil-Am NBA player a good show against Kazakhstan

HOT START. James Yap teams up with Stanley Pringle early as the Philippines bank on a strong start against Kazakhstan. Photo from Asian Games website

Clarkson-less Gilas crushes Kazakhstan in Asian Games

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Stanley Pringle fuels the Philippines' early breakaway against Kazakhstan at the start of men's basketball action

KEY COG. Stanley Pringle plays a key role on both ends. Photo from Asian Games website

Jordan Clarkson to Filipinos: See you all very soon

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:48 AM

The Filipino-American can't wait to suit up for the Philippine men's basketball team in the 2018 Asian Games

WAITING GAME. If the stars align, Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson can see action with the Philippine team in the 2018 Asian Games. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Guiao: Ricci Rivero can dominate college basketball

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The University of the Philippines standout impresses coach Yeng Guiao during the national team's practice

OUT. Ricci Rivero gets cut from the Philippine men's basketball team set to compete in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler