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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

Baldwin stays as Gilas Pilipinas program director, says SBP official

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Tab Baldwin finds himself in hot water after making controversial comments about the basketball landscape in the country

ON THE JOB. Tab Baldwin is set to meet with SBP president Al Panlilio to discuss plans for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

McCullough for Gilas Pilipinas? SBP chief says there is 'interest'

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:28 PM

Still young at 25, the 6-foot-9 Chris McCullough fits the bill of the modern big man: can shoot from the outside, an asset on defense, and athletic

EYED. The clamor to bring Chris McCullough on board as Gilas Pilipinas' new naturalized player grew after leading San Miguel to a PBA title. Photo from PBA Images

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

SBP condemns Olongapo referee slashing incident

May 21, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas condemns the brutal knife attack on a referee during a game in Olongapo

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

SBP continues Clarkson talks for FIBA World Cup

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The country's national basketball federation remains determined to get Jordan Clarkson as a local player for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

KEY PLAYER. Jordan Clarkson remains to be one of Gilas' key players as seen in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Sandy Arespacochaga takes over as Batang Gilas coach

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The former Ateneo Blue Eaglets mentor will call the shots for the national youth team that will see action in the FIBA World Cup under-19 tournament

MOTIVATOR. The SBP says Sandy Arespacochaga is a ‘natural teacher’ who works well with young players. File photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

SEA Games 2019: SBP, LVPI look for alternative venues

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Despite the unavailability of big venues, the national basketball and volleyball federations remain committed to a successful SEA Games hosting

SEA GAMES VETERAN. Kiefer Ravena leads the Philippines to its 18th gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Reality check: ‘No guarantee’ Gilas can get Clarkson back on board

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Despite the challenges, SBP remains 'committed to get' Jordan Clarkson for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

FIBA WISH. If Jordan Clarkson doesn’t get FIBA clearance, Gilas coach Yeng Guiao says he’s happy with his current roster. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

SEA GAMES 2019: SBP aims to sweep all basketball events

Feb 05, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Philippine basketball is tasked to secure the golds in the men's and women's 5x5 and 3x3 competitions, respectively

DOMINANCE. The Philippine national men's basketball team cops the country's 18th gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

SBP, Chooks await FIBA confirmation for record-setting 3X3 tourney

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The two-day event is set to shatter the FIBA record of most participants in a 3x3 under-18 tournament

SHATTERED. Chooks-to-Go and SBP now await FIBA confirmation for the world record of most number of participants in a 3X3 tournament. (L-R) Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio, Chooks-to-Go President Ronald Mascarinas, SMS Girlstown Sister Eva Aringo, SM, Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena, UP's Kobe Paras, Batang Gilas team manager Andrew Teh and SMS Athletic Director Van Parmis. Photo from release

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

Belga keen on proving worth for Asiad squad

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Twice cut from the national team, the Rain or Shine forward knows work is far from done even after securing his spot in the squad this time

REUNITED. Beau Belga reunites with former coach Yeng Guiao in the Philippine team. Photo from PBA Images

No hard feelings: Trollano gives up spot for Jordan Clarkson

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The TNT KaTropa gets bumped off from the final Asian Games lineup as the Fil-Am NBA player takes the last spot

MOVING ON. Don Trollano says he has no hard feelings after being left out of the 12-man Philippine team for the Asiad. Photo from PBA Images

Guiao: Jordan Clarkson poses 'good problem' for Asiad team

Aug 11, 2018 - 12:28 AM

The Cleveland Cavalier has less than a week to assimilate himself with the Philippine team before its first game

LINED UP. Jordan Clarkson completes the 12-man Philippine team for the Asian Games. Photo from AFP

Worth the risk: Jordan Clarkson takes final PH spot

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:27 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team holds on to the slim chance that the Filipino-American NBA player can suit up for the 2018 Asian Games

NO GUARANTEE. Jordan Clarkson has yet to get cleared, but national team coach Yeng Guiao takes a chance on him anyway. 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

Jordan Clarkson 'long shot' to join Gilas

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Fil-Am NBA player only had a '30% chance' to be included in the 2018 Asian Games roster

GAME CHANGER. Jordan Clarkson's inclusion in the Gilas lineup could've been the game changer for the Philippines in the Asian Games.

Full-time Gilas team an 'option,' says POC chief

Jul 27, 2018 - 4:21 PM

POC president Ricky Vargas says there is a possibility the Gilas Pilipinas cadets would need to focus on the 2023 FIBA World Cup campaign before joining the PBA draft

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. Gilas Pilipinas could return to its full-time program as it gears up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

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Asian Games 2018 pullout: Yeng Guiao wish list thumbed down

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:48 AM

The Philippine men's basketball Asian Games saga ends as Gilas Pilipinas withdraws from the continental tournament

CHANGE OF HEART. Supposed Asian Games national team head coach Yeng Guiao and SBP decide to pull out Gilas Pilipinas from the Asiad. Photo by PBA Images

Gilas Pilipinas pulls out of 2018 Asian Games

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:41 PM

SBP cites the need to 'regroup' as the organization prepares to appeal the FIBA suspensions

WITHDRAWAL. Rain or Shine will no longer get the chance to don the country's colors in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by PBA Images

SBP 'still hoping' Jordan Clarkson can play for Gilas

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Amid eligibility issues, the national basketball federation continues to hold out hope that the Fil-Am NBA guard can suit up for Philippine team in the 2018 Asian Games

QUESTIONABLE. The national federation for basketball will await the decision from INASGOC and OCA regarding Jordan Clarkson's eligibility. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

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

PBA players 'on call' as Gilas beefs up pool

Jul 19, 2018 - 10:04 PM

As 10 Gilas Pilipinas players serve their suspension, the PBA teams vow to lend their other players

REPLACED. Terrence Romeo, who faces a 5-game ban, will be replaced by other candidates from the PBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Asian Games still a go for Romeo, banned Gilas players

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas says FIBA ban only covers the FIBA World Cup qualifying games

ELIGIBILE. SBP clarifies that the banned players are still eligible for the Asian Games. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

SBP considers not sending PH basketball team to Asian Games

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Because 9 key players will likely be sanctioned by Fiba, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas may not send a national team to the Asian Games

REINFORCED. The core of TNT KaTropa are supposed to reinforce the Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Games. File photo from PBA Images

SBP: Why question PH’s 2023 FIBA hosting over brawl?

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:54 PM

SBP slams reports that the Philippines should be stripped of the 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting

OPTIMISTIC CROWD. SBP President Al Panlilio defends the fans that they tried to lighten up the situation instead. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brawl aftermath: 'No place on any basketball court'

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The Philippine and Australia basketball chiefs vow to cooperate in the bench-clearing brawl investigation

EMBARRASSING INCIDENT. The Philippine and Australian basketball officials apologize for the incident that brought disgrace to the sport. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

SBP president braces for suspensions, sanctions for FIBA brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The world basketball federation has previously fined and suspended a player for 3 games for figuring in a brawl

WAITING GAME. The Gilas Pilipinas members who participated in the brawl may face suspensions and fines from FIBA. Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

Celebrities tweet reactions to FIBA game brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Gary Valenciano, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Gretchen Ho, and more express disappointment regarding the brawl that happened during the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia

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

SBP aims to create a dedicated 3x3 national pool

Jun 12, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio believes that there is a career for 3x3 players in the Philippines

CORNERSTONE. Philippines' hosting of the  World Cup serves as good start to further develop its 3x3 program. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

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

PH to co-host 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan, Indonesia

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:03 PM

(3RD UPDATE) This marks the first time multiple countries will jointly host the basketball World Cup

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