SEA Games 2019 basketball - updates

Rappler's latest stories on SEA Games 2019 basketball


Cone: First SEA Games gold 'up there' with 21 PBA titles

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Two decades since settling for a bronze in the Asian Games, Tim Cone wins his first international gold medal in his storied coaching career

FULL CIRCLE. Tim Cone says the offer to coach the national team again was just too irresistible to refuse. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Fajardo saves best for last with first SEA Games gold

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

After back-to-back heartbreaks in the FIBA World Cup and the PBA, June Mar Fajardo ends his year with a personal milestone

EXTRA SPECIAL. June Mar Fajardo says he will keep his first SEA Games gold medal until he gets old. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

No surprise: Gilas rips Thailand by 34 for 18th SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Philippines retains its status as the undisputed king of men's basketball in the region

BACK-TO-BACK. Christian Standhardinger wins his second SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Manuel draws Jokic comparison from ex-Gilas coach Toroman

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Vic Manuel gets high praise from Indonesia coach Rajko Toroman, but the 'Muscle Man' laughs it off after helping power Gilas Pilipinas to a SEA Games semifinal win

MUSCLE MAN. Vic Manuel is Gilas Pilipinas leading scorer in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas proves too much for Toroman-led Indonesia to reach finals

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Chris Ross, Matthew Wright, and Marcio Lassiter all find their touch from long range as the Philippines sets up a SEA Games 2019 finals date with Thailand

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Gilas cautious in romp of Myanmar: 'We don't want to discourage them'

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Tim Cone says Gilas Pilipinas wants Myanmar to keep coming back in the SEA Games despite breezing through a 69-point win

DOMINATION. Gilas Pilipinas has won its first 3 games in the 2019 SEA Games by a whopping margin of 162 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas destroys Myanmar by 69 to sweep SEA Games prelims

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Host Philippines makes easy work of Myanmar to win all of its 3 preliminary round games by a whopping total margin of 162 points

UNSCATHED. Vic Manuel and Gilas Pilipinas remain unbeaten in 3 games. Photo from Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Myanmar - SEA Games 2019 basketball

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Gilas Pilipinas eyes a sweep of the preliminary round against Myanmar on Saturday, December 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena

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Vietnam finds Fajardo code hard to crack as 'Kraken' breaks loose

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:49 AM

June Mar Fajardo runs roughshod over Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas follows up its 52-point rout of Singapore with a 41-point blowout in the 2019 SEA Games

DOMINANT FORCE. June Mar Fajardo overpowers Vietnam to help Gilas Pilipinas punch its semifinals ticket in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Fajardo toys with Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas reaches SEA Games semis

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Despite being double-teamed – and at times even triple-teamed – June Mar Fajardo imposes his will in the 41-point obliteration

BIG PROBLEM. Vietnam fails to find a solution for June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

'Wiser' Tim Cone not taking things for granted in SEA Games

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may be the heavy favorite but coach Tim Cone doesn't want the team to fall into the same trap that doomed past Philippine teams

FEET ON THE GROUND. Tim Cone wants Gilas Pilipinas to not take any opponent lightly in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Vietnam - SEA Games 2019 basketball

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Gilas Pilipinas guns for its second straight victory against Vietnam on Friday, December 6, at the Mall of Asia Arena

Gilas Women open SEA Games gold hunt with win over Indonesia

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The Philippines rallies from a seven-point deficit to trip Indonesia at the start of 2019 SEA Games women's basketball action

MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR. Kelli Hayes breaches double figures in scoring for Gilas Pilipinas Women. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Lovin' Lavin? Singapore's Raj an instant SEA Games crowd favorite

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Filipino basketball fans surprisingly shower Singapore's 6-foot-7 teen Lavin Raj with cheers

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Lavin Raj utilizes the opportunity of going up against PBA players to improve his game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Manuel earns Cone praise in Gilas Pilipinas debut

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:39 AM

He may be one of the last players fielded but Vic Manuel still provides quality minutes as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to a 52-point romp of Singapore

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT. Vic Manuel shines in his first official game for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pringle waxes hot early as Gilas thwarts Singapore in 52-point romp

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Parading an all-pro lineup after several editions of sending a team of collegiate players, the Philippines gets off to a hot start in its bid for a 13th straight gold

BIG PROBLEM. June Mar Fajardo finds his groove in the second half. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Singapore - SEA Games 2019 basketball

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Gilas Pilipinas kicks off its golden quest against Singapore on Wednesday, December 4, at the Mall of Asia Arena

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WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas laser-focused on SEA Games 2019 gold quest

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Despite boasting an All-Star lineup, Philippine basketball team coach Tim Cone thinks complacency won’t be an issue

GO FOR GOLD. Tim Cone and Gilas Pilipinas will shoot for a 13th straight SEA Games gold medal in men's basketball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Slaughter completes Gilas Pilipinas SEA Games lineup

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Greg Slaughter will form a towering frontcourt with June Mar Fajardo as the Philippines shoots for a 13th straight gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games

NATIONAL TEAM DUTIES. Greg Slaughter will suit up for Gilas Pilipinas anew. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SCHEDULE: SEA Games 2019 basketball competitions

Nov 30, 2019 - 2:27 AM

The Philippine men's basketball team looks to reassert its mastery as the women's side shoots for a breakthrough run in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

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Gilas weighs in on Pogoy SEA Games 2019 replacement

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:22 PM

After Jayson Castro, Gilas Pilipinas loses Roger Pogoy to injury days before the 2019 SEA Games

BIG LOSS. Gilas Pilipinas will miss the defensive savvy and shooting that Roger Pogoy provides. Photo from

Standhardinger bucks fatigue from 3OT game to practice for Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Merely hours after setting a PBA record in minutes played by a local, Christian Standhardinger shows up for the team gearing up for the 2019 SEA Games

FOR PILIPINAS. Christian Standhardinger shows his dedication for the country. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Slaughter cracking Gilas SEA Games lineup still possible

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:34 AM

'If he can show us he's 100%, then we will think about making a change at the managers' meeting and including him at that point,' Gilas coach Tim Cone says of Greg Slaughter

BIG LIFT. Greg Slaughter comes back from a three-game absence to help Barangay Ginebra reach the semifinals of the PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Marck Espejo banners 2019 SEA Games men’s volleyball lineup

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Five-time UAAP MVP Marck Espejo will make a return to the Southeast Asian Games volleyball tournament

RETURN. Marck Espejo is ready to lead the Philippine team in the 2019 SEA Games men's volleyball tournament. Photo courtesy of Sports Vision

What made Jayson Castro return to Gilas Pilipinas?

Oct 01, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Jayson Castro answers the call of the national team as the Philippines plans on dominating on its home turf in the 2019 SEA Games

FOR THE COUNTRY. It just a call for Jayson Castro to come back. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Left out of SEA Games pool, Ravena not questioning Cone decision

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Kiefer Ravena misses out on a chance to clinch an unprecedented fifth straight SEA Games gold medal

BACK IN ACTION. Kiefer Ravena says his focus is on the PBA, where his mother team NLEX missed him for more than a year. Photo from

No Bolick, Perez: Cone opts for 'veteran' Gilas SEA Games pool

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:20 PM

'We decided to go with a veteran group, again because... generally, veterans are easier to coach short-term,' says Gilas head coach Tim Cone

SNUBBED. Despite CJ Perez and Robert Bolick's impressive World Cup stint, Gilas coach Tim Cone wants an experienced roster. Photos from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

Ginebra core banners Gilas 2019 SEA Games pool

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone lines up 6 Ginebra players to lead the country's bid for an 18th SEA Games basketball gold

CORE MEMBER. Scottie Thompson returns to represent the Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo from Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tim Cone to coach Gilas Pilipinas in SEA Games

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, though, clarifies it will still decide whether Tim Cone will call the shots for the national team beyond the SEA Games

BACK AT IT. Tim Cone returns at the helm for the Philippine men's basketball team. Photo from PBA Images