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SBP looking to develop esports after PH success in FIBA tilt

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:57 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sees esports as an event the country will thrive in after Team Pilipinas ruled the Southeast Asia Conference of the FIBA Esports Open

CREAM OF THE CROP. Team Pilipinas put together the best NBA 2K players in the country for the FIBA Esports Open. Photo from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

Seeking basketball return, SBP releases restart guidelines

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:03 AM

If given the green light by the government, the SBP says it will focus first on the training of individuals and small groups in 3x3 and 5-on-5 events

SAFETY FIRST. SBP president Al Panlilio says the safety of the Philippine basketball family remains their top priority. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA, SBP to launch 3x3 basketball league in March

Feb 01, 2020 - 5:10 PM

The new 3x3 basketball tournament will feature teams from all 12 PBA franchises

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Next Gilas Pilipinas coach remains a question mark

Jan 04, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Gilas Pilipinas has yet to tap even an interim coach for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in February

GUESSING GAME. There is a small chance that Tim Cone might call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas anew. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas, SBP moving on from Blatche

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The SBP and Gilas Pilipinas eye a different naturalized player for the qualifiers of the FIBA Asia Cup starting in February

THE END? Andray Blatche may have played his last game for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup last year. Photo from

LOOK: SBP presses restart button with new Gilas logo

May 08, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The logo will be used by the Philippine team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

REFRESH. The new Gilas Pilipinas logo features a more youthful aesthetic. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chooks-SBP 3x3 tournament shatters FIBA world records

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:33 PM

The Philippines sets records for most kids playing in a 3x3 basketball game and the most number of simultaneous U18 games played

SBP, Chooks all set to break 3x3 record

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Philippines aims to shatter the world record for most number of participants in a FIBA 3x3 basketball tournament

AMBASSADOR. Former 3x3 youth team players Kobe Paras, flanked by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios (right) and Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas, hopes to inspire more kids to try the sport. Photo release

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

Calabarzon clinches SBP 3x3 U16 three-peat; N. Mindanao wins girls’ title

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:39 PM

The annual competition continues to scout for up and coming talents in the Philippine 3x3 scene

After Jordan Clarkson saga, ’bigger’ challenge ahead

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The men's basketball team kicks off the Philippines' campaign in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday, August 16

ALL SET. Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson is set to lead the Philippine delegation as flag-bearer. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas lineup for 2018 Asian Games

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Paul Lee and Christian Standhardinger reinforce the Philippine men's basketball pool bannered by Rain or Shine players

REUNITED. Paul Lee reunites with former Rain or Shine teammates as a part of the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the Asian Games. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SBP backtracks: PH sending team to 2018 Asian Games

Aug 05, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Caving in to public pressure, the Philippine basketball federation makes a U-turn and decides to send a Gilas team to the Asiad

Rain or Shine likely a go for Asian Games, says owner

Aug 05, 2018 - 5:32 PM

As talks swirl that the Philippine basketball federation has reconsidered its decision to pull out from the Asiad, a reinforced Rain or Shine team will likely represent the country

NATIONAL DUTY. There is a big possibility that James Yap will don the Philippine colors again. Photo from PBA's official Facebook page

PBA blindsided by abrupt Gilas pullout

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Some PBA officials only found out on social media that Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided to withdraw the national team from the Asian Games

SUPPORT. Despite the Asian Games debacle, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial reiterated the league's support for the national team. Photo by PBA Images

Asian Games: Retooled Gilas squad still an option

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:04 AM

Rain or Shine says it's open to lend its players to the Gilas Pilipinas team set to compete in the continental games

CALL OF DUTY. There is a chance James Yap will don the national colors again. Photo from PBA Images

SBP apologizes for FIBA brawl incident

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio extends his apology to the whole basketball community

NOT FILIPINO HOSPITALITY. According to SBP President Al Panlilio, the incident breaches the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SBP accepts Australia apology for PH Arena incident

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Aussies caught the ire of Philippine basketball officials for ripping the FIBA-approved decals without permission

REPLACEMENT. FIBA-approved stickers removed by Australia are replaced with new ones. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

No NLEX practices, too, for Kiefer Ravena

May 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

'The Phenom' is only allowed to take part in educational and awareness campaigns on anti-doping

SUSPENDED. Kiefer Ravena will have to do his basketball workouts on his lonesome. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

PH to host China’s HoopBattle Championship as 3x3 Olympics debut nears

May 08, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Philippines will be the first to host HBC event outside China

2018 3X3 FIBA World Cup to be hosted at Philippine Arena

Jan 18, 2018 - 5:31 PM

SBP hopes the Philippines can qualify for 3X3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics

OUTSIDE MANILA. 'Yes, it is true that it’s not downtown Manila, but SBP and the [city government] are very much convinced that they will be able to fill it,' says FIBA managing director Alex Sanchez about Philippine Arena. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

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.

PBA teams to release Gilas pool players for FIBA Asia Cup

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:21 PM

In accordance with the MOA between PBA and SBP Gilas cadets will be released 30 days prior and PBA veterans will be released 15 days prior

PBA VETS. Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar are 3 of the PBA veterans included in the Gilas pool for the FIBA Asia Cup. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chooks-to-Go willing to finance full-time national team

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Chooks to Go clarifies no formal plans or even initial talks have been made with either the PBA or the SBP but the idea will be pitched to them

FULL-TIME NATIONAL TEAM. Chooks-To-Go declares it is willing to sponsor a full-time national team during the Gilas Pilipinas send-off ahead of the 2017 William Jones Cup. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Philippines to host 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup

May 11, 2017 - 3:12 AM

The Philippines which FIBA calls a pioneer in the development of 3x3 will host the 3x3 World Cup

HOST. It may not be the World Cup the Philippines had hoped to host, but the Philippines will play host to the top 3x3 teams in 2018. File photo by Josh Albelda

SBP submits bid for Philippines to host 2023 FIBA World Cup

Jan 19, 2017 - 12:47 PM

Part of the bid proposes a partnership between the Philippines and Indonesia to co host the group phase of the event

SBP to bid for SEABA Championship hosting

Jan 07, 2017 - 1:53 PM

SBP expressed its interest last month before the December 30 deadline but had not heard back yet from SEABA

HOME COURT? SBP expresses intention to bid to host the SEABA Championship in the Philippines. Pictured are fans during the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SBP in Geneva for 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting workshop

Nov 01, 2016 - 2:35 PM

After losing the bid for the 2019 World Cup last year to China the Philippines has since been open to trying again for the 2023 edition

2023 BID? The Philippines is represented at the 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting workshop in Geneva. Photo from

Ricky Vargas running for POC top post - reports

Oct 23, 2016 - 2:37 PM

Vargas is aiming to unseat Cojuangco who is running for his fourth straight term

PBA, SBP to push through with special draft for Gilas cadets

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:07 PM

The draft will be held right before the regular Rookie Draft on October 30

SBP, PBA AGREE. The SBP and the PBA come to terms with the Gilas Pilipinas program. Seen in the photo are league commissioner Chito Narvasa (C) and SBP president Al Panlilio (R) during a press conference announcing the Gilas cadets special draft. Photo by Jane Bracher

SBP ‘looking forward’ to president-elect Duterte’s possible attendance in OQT

Jun 27, 2016 - 2:17 PM

President elect Duterte says he will watch the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila if his schedule permits it

Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

SBP concerned about Blatche's conditioning

Apr 12, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V Pangilinan hopes to see the Blatche that suited up in Spain and not in Changsha

All systems go for 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Manila

Apr 12, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V Pangilinan promises to pull out all the stops for the qualifying tournament

Kiefer Ravena hopeful 3x3 gets added to UAAP calendar

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Ravena shares the UAAP Board is already considering adding 3x3 basketball to its calendar as early as next season

3x3 IN THE UAAP? Kiefer Ravena hopes 3x3 basketball will successfully make it to the UAAP calendar soon. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin hopes Gilas Pilipinas gets homecourt edge for OQT

Nov 14, 2015 - 3:04 PM

Tab Baldwin believes playing before a very passionate basketball loving home crowd can certainly boost the national team

HOMECOURT EDGE DESIRED. Coach Tab Baldwin admits potentially playing on home soil before an ever-adoring Filipino crowd will be 'huge' for Gilas Pilipinas when they compete in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifier. The Philippines is bidding to be one of 3 host cities for the tourney. Photo from FIBA

SBP officially submits letter of intent for FIBA OQT hosting

Oct 20, 2015 - 11:28 AM

The Philippines is looking to become one of 3 hosts for the wildcard tournament where 3 teams will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics

LETTER OF INTENT SUBMITTED. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas already formally expressed interest to host the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament where Gilas Pilipinas can potentially qualify for the Rio Olympics. Photo by FIBA

MVP, SBP thank PBA for support to Gilas Pilipinas

Oct 15, 2015 - 12:17 PM

With the PBA s full support the SBP gains confidence in going all out for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

THANK YOU. Basketball patron Manny V. Pangilinan thanks the PBA for its support to national team Gilas Pilipinas. File photo by Katherine Visconti

PBA to hold Board meeting to discuss Gilas at Olympic Qualifier

Oct 13, 2015 - 4:13 PM

Among issues likely to be discussed include loaning players and adjusting league schedule

MEETING. Members of the PBA Board together with league president and CEO Chito Salud (lower left most) and Commissioner Chito Narvasa (lower right most) are set to conduct a meeting to discuss issues on Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MVP steps down as SBP head, new leadership to take over

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Pangilinan s 8 year reign as president comes to an end

Why was Jordan Clarkson excluded from Gilas line-up? SBP explains

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:29 AM

The interest and passion of Jordan Clarkson himself with the full support of his family to don the Gilas jersey serves as a reason for SBP to be hopeful

NOT THIS TIME. Jordan Clarkson, pictured here as he participated in Gilas Pilipinas training in August, will not see action for the Philippines in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Jordan Clarkson returns to Manila

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson arrives in Manila as news of his possible eligibility for Gilas Pilipinas is the talk of the town

Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Is Jordan Clarkson eligible for Gilas? SBP says he is

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:28 PM

The state of the Philippine national basketball team took an unexpected turn on Monday

SBP Director Barrios invites banned Pua for Thursday conference

May 26, 2015 - 6:15 PM

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios says he s received a request from the PBA to ban ref punching coach Alvin Pua but would like to talk with him first

LIFE. Alvin Pua has been invited by SBP officials to discuss the incident where he punched a referee during a PBA D-League game

SBP reveals 16-man pool for Sinag Pilipinas

Mar 06, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Kiefer Ravena Jeron Teng and Bobby Ray Parks Jr highlight the 16 man pool for the national basketball team which will compete at SEABA and the SEA Games

Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena have made the 16-man cut

Philippines a contender to host 2019 World Cup as FIBA leaves 'impressed'

Jan 30, 2015 - 5:59 PM

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann says the Philippines has the ingredients to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup

IMPRESSED. FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann, seen here speaking during the inauguration of the new FIBA HQ, is impressed with what he saw in the Philippines so far. Photo by Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Baumann, FIBA execs flies to PH for ocular inspection

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:08 PM

The FIBA execs will visit the Philippine Arena Smart Araneta Coliseum among others

SBP reveals criteria for Gilas coach, eyes two candidates

Nov 19, 2014 - 5:59 PM

Barrios says the criteria the select committee came up with last week has been approved by the SBP Executive Committee

The future is still bright for Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 18, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Despite a gloomy end to their 2014 campaign there are plenty of positives the Gilias Pilipinas program can look forward to

BRIGHT FUTURE. There's still hope for the Gilas Pilipinas program. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Barrios: First SBP Selection Committee meeting was 'productive'

Nov 11, 2014 - 9:44 PM

I will call it productive I see that we will attain the objective of coming up with a sensible shortlist [of potential coaches] once the criteria is finalized Sonny Barrios said

AND SO IT BEGINS. The re-evaluation of the national team has finally begun with a 'productive' first meeting. File photo by Rappler

Gilas’ Jared Dillinger: ‘We’re behind coach Chot all the way’

Nov 01, 2014 - 7:34 PM

Gilas Pilipinas member Jared Dillinger expresses his support for Chot Reyes as well as the national team program urging everyone not to jump to conclusions

Chot Reyes has had a roller coaster run with Gilas Pilipinas. File photo from