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As PBA playoffs beckons, Guiao worried of uncharacteristic NLEX slump

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:34 PM

NLEX won 8 of its first 9 games in the PBA Governors' Cup but wrapped up the elimination round with back-to-back losses

MENTAL GAME. Manny Harris and the rest of the NLEX Road Warriors have to restore their sense of urgency, Yeng Guiao says. Photo from PBA Images

Erram hospitalized after getting arm clipped by Marcelo

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Poy Erram injures his arm in the first half and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao thinks 'bad intention' got into play

DEEP BENCH. NLEX edges out Phoenix even without Poy Erram playing in the second half. Photo from PBA Images

Yeng Guiao steps down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The search for a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach begins as Yeng Guiao resigns from his post after failing to steer the team to a win in the FIBA World Cup

FAREWELL. Yeng Guiao says he is sorry that Gilas Pilipinas could not deliver a better performance. Photo from

Guiao: Shooting, quality big men what Gilas Pilipinas needs in future

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:41 PM

In the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines ranked second to last in three-point percentage – a department where half of the top 10 are at least 6-foot-8

HEARTBREAKING RUN. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas end their FIBA World Cup campaign without a single win. Photo from

Guiao on Gilas Pilipinas coaching job: 'I'm open to anything'

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:09 AM

After failing to steer the Philippine team to at least one win, coach Yeng Guiao says he's taking responsibility for the World Cup debacle

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Blatche not playing up to par, but Guiao not pointing fingers

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Coach Yeng Guiao hopes Andray Blatche delivers in Gilas Pilipinas' last 3 FIBA World Cup games

STRUGGLING. Andray Blatche has not made much of an impact for Gilas Pilipinas in its first two games in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Serbia coach claims Paul Lee had intention to hurt

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Sasha Djordjevic says he doesn't like dirty players, minutes after Serbia's win over the Philippines where Paul Lee figured in an on-court incident

STILL WINLESS. Paul Lee and Gilas Pilipinas absorb back-to-back lopsided losses in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Guiao takes swipe at FIBA officiating: 'Worse than PBA refs'

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:53 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao feels the early fouls took away Gilas Pilipinas' momentum against powerhouse Serbia

LOPSIDED. Coach Yeng Guiao admits Serbia is just 'too big and too good' for the Philippine team. Photo from

Ravena drug tests 'not random' anymore, says Guiao

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Kiefer Ravena undergoes a second drug test in 4 days in the FIBA World Cup – presumably due to his 18-month suspension that ended barely two weeks ago

TAKING IT IN STRIDE. Kiefer Ravena says he does not take his selection for the drug tests personally. Photo from

Guiao sees Italy game as 'make or break' for Gilas

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Coach Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas 'probably won't make the next round' if it drops its opening game against Italy in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

UNDERDOGS. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas seek to pull off an upset against Italy. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Guiao, Gilas in 'basketball heaven' in FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas immediately buckle down to work in Foshan, China as their clash against Italy looms

LUCKY. Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas is 'very blessed' to be in the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Guiao to think about Jokic after Gilas opener vs Italy

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao says the team will focus first on their opening game against Italy

MULTI-FACETED. Nikola Jokic exhibits great passing and inside presence for the Denver Nuggets. Photo from NBA Twitter

Guiao: Both Bolick, Perez deserve to be in FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:17 PM

'Before it was one or the other, but after Spain, we were already looking at the possibility of having those two on board,' says Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao

REVELATIONS. Cj Perez (left) and Robert Bolick are up for the challenge to stand out in the world stage. Photos from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' Facebook page

Guiao satisfied as Ravena impresses in basketball return

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Hardly looking like he had been sidelined for over a year, Kiefer Ravena proves to be the silver lining in Gilas Pilipinas' loss to the Adelaide 36ers

BACK AT IT. Kiefer Ravena returns to the hardcourt with aplomb. Photo from FIBA

Rough-edged Gilas needs more polish for World Cup, says Guiao

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:12 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao finds plenty of things Gilas Pilipinas needs to work on even after its win over the visiting Adelaide 36ers

GEARING UP. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas are in the homestretch of their preparation for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

WATCH: Guiao blessed to coach Gilas in FIBA World Cup

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:12 PM

After initially hesitating to take on the job, Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao now looks forward to calling the shots in the FIBA World Cup for the first time

WORLD CLASS. Yeng Guiao leads Gilas Pilipinas to the FIBA World Cup for the second straight edition. Photo from PBA Images

Guiao gives missing Gilas stars benefit of the doubt

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:23 PM

However, Yeng Guiao cautions that with the FIBA World Cup nearing, June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario need to show up soon

CRUCIAL PART. June Mar Fajardo is expected to play a key role for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Guiao relieved PBA Finals over as missing stars return to Gilas

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Gilas Pilipinas welcomes back June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario, who have been away from the national team for two weeks

UP A NOTCH. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas ramp up their buildup with less than two weeks before the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Guiao rips officiating as NLEX narrowly escapes

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Ejected for the nth time, Yeng Guiao says they 'survived a badly officiated game' against Phoenix

SILVER LINING. Yeng Guiao and NLEX head into the season-ending Governors' Cup with a win. Photo from PBA Images

Guiao on Gilas chemistry for FIBA World Cup: 'There are no egos'

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Yeng Guiao says that all the players in his pool have a good grasp of their roles in the team

GETTING CLOSER. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas have two months before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Scottie begs off from Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

According to Yeng Guiao, Scottie Thompson wants to improve first before he returns to the national team

GET BETTER. Scottie Thompson leaves Gilas Pilipinas looking for other quality guards. File photo from Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kiefer 'most logical choice' to take Castro spot for Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Jayson Castro will not be seeing action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, and Yeng Guiao expects a familiar face in Kiefer Ravena to help fill that void

BETTER THAN BEFORE. Kiefer Ravena says he has grown 'tougher' from his FIBA-imposed suspension. Photo from FIBA

Bolick, Perez new additions to Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Yeng Guiao says he doesn't discount the possibility of Robert Bolick and CJ Perez cracking the Magic 12 for the global hoops showdown

YOUNG GUNS. Robert Bolick and CJ Perez may contend for spots in Gilas Pilipinas' lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photos from PBA Images

Parks turned down invitation to join Gilas pool, says Guiao

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Ray Parks has donned the national colors in the past a myriad times, helping the Philippines win 3 SEA Games and 1 SEABA gold medals

ROOKIE VET. Ray Parks continues to put up impressive numbers in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images

Wondering where Yeng Guiao is?

May 29, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The fiery mentor will miss 3 games for NLEX to take a 'much-needed rest'

SHORT VACATION. Yeng Guiao is taking a break from basketball and politics. Photo from PBA Images

Guiao rues 'ugly break' as NLEX remains winless

May 25, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The fiery mentor says he is not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating

BREAKS OF THE GAME. Yeng Guiao and the Road Warriors have yet to crack the winning column in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup after two games. Photo from PBA Images

Twin mix-up: Guiao confronts wrong Semerad

May 23, 2019 - 12:26 AM

Nevertheless, the NLEX coach says he just wanted to send a message across

BOUNCE BACK. Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors look to rebound from their 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut that ended in a blowout loss. Photo from PBA Images

Yeng Guiao suggests Gilas tuneup vs Australia to 'restore relationship'

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

It's been more than 9 months since the infamous basketball brawl between the Philippines and Australia, and the national team coach believes it is time to move on

GOODWILL. Yeng Guiao says it is practical to have the Philippines and Australia play in a friendly game. Photo from PBA Images

In Gilas 'group of near death,' Guiao banks on World Cup miracles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Philippines faces a daunting task after it got bunched with Serbia, Italy and Angola in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

TALL ORDER. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas have the odds stacked against them in the first round of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Guiao says ejection to 'send a message to the referees'

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Even with the fiery mentor missing the entire second half, NLEX keeps its playoffs hopes alive

EJECTED. Yeng Guiao says he is already used to getting thrown out. Photo from PBA Images

Clarkson, Blatche prove Guiao wrong: 'Pusong Pinoy sila'

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Contrary to his expectations, the Gilas Pilipinas mentor admits both players are 'really humble guys'

ONE-TWO COMBO. Andray Blatche (left) and Jordan Clarkson (right) impress Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao. Photos from FIBA (Blatche), Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Adrian Portugal/Rappler (Clarkson)

Gilas coach Yeng Guiao: 'We need Blatche'

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao admits Gilas Pilipinas needs a 'top shape' Andray Blatche in its 2019 World Cup campaign

VITAL PRESENCE. Gilas coach Yeng Guiao expects Andray Blatche to be in his best shape again in the World Cup campaign. Photo from FIBA

Rappler Talk Sports: Yeng Guiao on Gilas Pilipinas' road to FIBA World Cup

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The national team mentor drops by the Rappler headquarters to talk about the Philippines' journey, buildup and chances in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

Guiao wants Blatche on board earlier for Gilas' FIBA World Cup buildup

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The fiery mentor worries that the former NBA player might go out of shape once his commitments in China end

REINFORCEMENT. Andray Blatche will once again be relied upon by Gilas Pilipinas in his second straight FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Sigh of relief for Guiao as Gilas gets FIBA World Cup job done

Feb 25, 2019 - 3:16 PM

It looks like the fiery mentor will keep his job after making it clear he's willing to drop his position as head coach if the Philippines failed to reach the World Cup

Gilas wants Andray Blatche for the long haul

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:46 PM

After missing the last two windows of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the former NBA player proves it's just right to bring him back to the national team

ELECTRIFYING COMEBACK. Andray Blatche says there is 'no blessing bigger' than playing for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA

Even on world stage, Yeng Guiao couldn't escape ejections

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Despite getting thrown out, the fiery mentor leads Gilas Pilipinas to a 38-point thrashing of Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

BUSINESS COMPLETE. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas get the job done in Doha. Photo from FIBA

Yeng gives Gilas near-perfect grade in World Cup qualifiers run-up

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:16 PM

With their backs pressed against the wall, the fiery mentor believes his wards mean business in the final window

BIG DREAMS. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas look to pull off back-to-back wins in away matches against Qatar and Kazakhstan to achieve their World Cup goal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

In short time, Blatche learns – and likes – Guiao's system

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Despite being away from Gilas Pilipinas for half a year, the former NBA player makes up for lost time and familiarizes himself with the team

HEAVY EXPECTATIONS. Andray Blatche will try to lead the team to triumph in must-win away matches in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Guiao, NLEX mulling to shake up backcourt

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The fiery mentor hints that they could look at players they could acquire either through free agency or trade

CONSISTENCY. Yeng Guiao says NLEX's bevy of guards should be able to perform consistently with the absence of star backcourt pair Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas. Photo from PBA Images

Blatche a 'game changer' for Gilas, says Guiao

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:52 AM

For a team that has its back against the wall in its World Cup bid, the former NBA player sure is a welcome addition thanks to his experience and skill set

REINFORCEMENT. After missing the last two windows of the World Cup qualifiers Andray Blatche is back in Gilas Pilipinas' fold. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Guiao rues turnovers, 'bad officiating' as NLEX remains winless

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The fiery mentor, though, says hope is not lost for the Road Warriors as they seek for that breakthrough win

SLUMP. Yeng Guiao and the Road Warriors could not catch a break after absorbing their third straight loss. Photo from PBA Images

'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA

Justin Brownlee for Gilas in World Cup qualifiers? It could happen

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:35 PM

With the Philippines fighting for its life in its World Cup bid, Yeng Guiao says the Barangay Ginebra import is an option for naturalized player

FILIPINO AT HEART. Justin Brownlee has expressed his desire to become a naturalized Filipino. Photo from PBA Images

Yeng Guiao still undecided on Andray Blatche's Gilas status

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Fans on social media have expressed their disappoint over the former NBA player being left out of the Philippine team after it fell to Kazakhstan and Iran at home

NOT OUT. Andray Blatche could still suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from FIBA

Guiao 'not giving up' on Gilas' World Cup chances

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:57 AM

The Philippines' hunt for a World Cup berth just got tougher after a shocking home loss to Kazakhstan

MUST-WIN. Yeng Guiao wants Team Pilipinas to focus on its must-win assignment against Iran. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

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)

Yeng Guiao: PH to face 'tougher' Kazakhstan team

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'I don't think we're going to beat them as big a margin as we did when we beat them in the Asian Games,' the Gilas Pilipinas mentor says

DOMINANCE. Philippines' Stanley Pringle (R) pushes the ball past Kazakhstan's Maxim Marchuk (L) in their men's basketball preliminary Group D game between Kazakhstan and Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta last August 16, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP /

Andray Blatche not completely out of Gilas program

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao admits it's a 'big risk' having the former NBA player sit out the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

WAITING GAME. Andray Blatche can still play for the Philippines in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February. Photo from FIBA

Kai Sotto a 'fighter,' says Gilas coach Yeng Guiao

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The fiery mentor lauds the 16-year-old high schooler for not succumbing to intimidation after suiting up against Lebanon

LONG WAY TO GO. Yeng Guiao (right) is 'pretty happy' of Kai Sotto's tuneup game debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Sotto)