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Rappler's latest stories on basketball in the Philippines


Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

NBI summons 'more than a dozen' for coronavirus posts

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:48 AM

One of the people summoned posted about the 'alleged misuse of government funds'

SUBPOENA. The NBI sends subpoena to 'more than a dozen' people over their social media posts related to the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva

CJ Perez lends hand to PBA staff after postponing wedding

Mar 20, 2020 - 2:50 PM

PBA star CJ Perez dishes an assist to league employees affected by the season suspension caused by the coronavirus outbreak

BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL. CJ Perez gives back to the PBA family. Photo from PBA Images

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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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

PBA-bound Ray Parks says farewell to Alab Pilipinas

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:42 PM

After wrapping up his three-year stint with Alab Pilipinas, Ray Parks gears up for his long-awaited PBA debut

MOVING FORWARD. Ray Parks looks to deliver the same stellar performances in the local pro league.  File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Rich Filipino basketball culture displayed in 2018 Battle Force Manila

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Basketball games, rap battles, dance-offs and art installations are featured in the month-long event

ROOTS. Nike hosts the month-long Battle Force Manila to showcase Filipino basketball culture. Photo from Nike

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

PBA, SBP set to appeal if FIBA drops sweeping suspension

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Philippine basketball officials brace for the suspension of Gilas players in the PBA and 2018 Asian Games

CLOSED-DOOR MEETING. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial (left) summons the league players who figured in the free-for-all during the Philippine-Australia match. Photo from the PBA

LOOK: Donovan Mitchell holds mini-clinic, attends PBA’s Manila Clasico

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The NBA Rookie of the Year candidate makes his Philippine visit worthwhile

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

From ABL to MPBL: Ray Parks says PBA stint still up in the air

May 10, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The former National University stalwart, along with 3 Alab players, are set to see action with Mandaluyong in the MPBL

HIGH FLYER. Ray Parks finds success almost everywhere he goes. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Former head coach Jarin foretold Kiefer Ravena's greatness since juniors days

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The Phenom's story dates back to the time when he was the first 13-year-old in the Ateneo Blue Eaglets' UAAP roster

THE PHENOM. Former Blue Eaglets head coach Jamike Jarin recalls how he helped raise a Phenom in Philippine Basketball who has finally taken his career to the pros. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fans, colleagues salute late Philippine basketball great Danny Florencio

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Contemporaries praise the two-time Olympian who died in the US last week

PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio on the state of Philippine basketball

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:51 PM

During his college playing days, Patrimonio says, talagang nagpapakamatay lahat just to win for school, flag and PBA team.

THE CAPTAIN. Four-time PBA MVP, Alvin Patrimonio shares his thoughts with Rappler Sports.

Magnolia escapes Blackwater for solo 1st place

Feb 02, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots nab solo top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup by nipping the Blackwater Elite

CLUTCH. Ian Sangalang finishes with just 8 points but makes the biggest plays down the stretch to push Magnolia to first place. Photo by PBA Images

Manuel, Thoss take over as Alaska deals Ginebra 2nd straight loss

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The Alaska Aces earn their 3rd straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup

STEPPING UP. Sonny Thoss contributes 17 points behind Vic Manuel in Alaska's 3rd straight win. Photo by PBA Images

Ravena's career night goes for naught as Magnolia defeats NLEX

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:16 PM

It is not Kiefer Ravena's best night after all

HEAT WAVE. Paul Lee puts on another shooting exhibition as he leads the Hotshots in their victory over NLEX. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel downs TNT in Iloilo, moves to 3-0 in the Philippine Cup

Jan 13, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Fajardo is named Player of the Game after a 20-point, 6-rebound, 3-block performance

STILL UNBEATEN. The 3-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen have yet to be toppled in the 2018 Philippine Cup. Photo by PBA Images

Magnolia welcomes new year with a 47-point demolition of Kia

Jan 10, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The 124-77 thrashing tied Kia's franchise-worst defeat also inflicted by Magnolia

TOP SCORER. Ian Sangalang leads the demolition of Kia. Photo by PBA Images

Ravena comes up big again as NLEX rips Romeo-less Globalpor

Dec 25, 2017 - 5:20 PM

NLEX remains perfect 2-0 in the 2018 Philippine Cup eliminations

BIG TIME PLAY. Kiefer Ravena turned in a team-high 20 points on top of 5 assists, 4 steals and two boards for the Road Warriors. Photo by PBA Images

Canaleta says 'no revenge' in clutch performance vs former team

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The Meralco Bolts' KG Canaleta scores 25 points and grabs 9 rebounds against the Blackwater Elite

NOT REVENGE. Canaleta's performance stems from his extra motivation against his former team. Photo by PBA Images

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

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Quarterfinals

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Tune in for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs China Kashgar on Thursday, 7:30 pm

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:03 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Iran's Petrochimi on Tuesday, 9:45 pm

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Thailand - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Thailand's Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Sunday, 2:30 pm

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Palestine - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up vs Palestine's Sareyyet Ramallah on Saturday, 4:45 pm

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up on Friday, 9:45 pm!

Solar files estafa complaint vs ABS-CBN execs over NBA row

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:57 PM

ABS CBN says it will take appropriate legal action to hold Solar responsible for this unfounded action

NETWORK WARS. The row between Solar Entertainment Corporation and ABS-CBN Corporation over NBA airing rights moves to court. File photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Gilas Pilipinas aims to make it a 3 0 start against Qatar in Lebanon on Sunday August 13 at 9 pm

Gilas Pilipinas’ second half rampage downs Iraq in FIBA Asia Cup

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Gilas Pilipinas remains flawless with a 2 0 record in the FIBA Asia tourney

In epic slaying of China, Gilas Pilipinas shows it can and will fight back

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Every once in a while Gilas Pilipinas plays a magical game On August 9 2017 – 24 hours to the day since they took down South Korea 4 years ago – they did it again

LETHAL BACKCOURT. Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo step up for Gilas Pilipinas to finally take down China. Photo from

Untamed Beast: Why Calvin Abueva needs to tone down his antics

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Beast watched the Philippines win over China from the locker room after being ejected in the first quarter for headbutting an opposing player

BEAST MODE. Calvin Abueva should realize that it's possible to have too much puso on the court, the columnist says. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Gilas locker room post-China win, game highlights, Almazan dunks

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:44 PM

See highlights from the Philippines win over China in the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Lebanon

BIG DUNK. Raymond Almazan towers over China. Photo from

'Who's next??? Bring 'em on!!': Cone, Alapag all praises for Gilas Pilipinas

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:12 PM

Basketball stars followed the game cheering and praising the Philippine national men s basketball team for the resounding 96 87 win over rival China

9-point win for 9-dash line: Netizens celebrate Gilas win over China

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Gilas Pilipinas comes through and delivers a sweet resounding 96 87 victory over China

Gilas exacts payback on China in FIBA Asia Cup 2017 opener

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED Terrence Romeo takes over with clutch shots late to fend off the Chinese

PAYBACK. The Philippines prevails over China in a heated rematch of their FIBA Asia Championship final two years ago during the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Lebanon. Photo from

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Gilas Pilipinas first faces China in Lebanon on Wednesday August 9 at 6:30 pm

SCHEDULE: FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Check out the Philippines schedule of games for the Group Phase here

WATCH: Jebb Bulawan shows off powerful dunks at NBA 3X Philippines

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Jebb Bulawan is the 2017 NBA 3X Slam Dunk champion

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Gilas Pilipinas aims to finish strong against Iran at 5 pm on Sunday July 23 in Taipei Taiwan

Steven Adams doesn't know much of PH hoops, but he knows Kobe Paras

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Aside from Paras Adams has in the past played with Filipino teams back home in New Zealand

FILIPINO HOOPS. Steven Adams shares what he knows about Philippine basketball. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iraq – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to recover from its second defeat of the tournament when they take on Iraq at 5 pm on Thursday July 20 in Taipei

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs South Korea – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will gun for its fourth straight win against South Korea at 5 pm on Wednesday July 19 in Taipei

Steven Adams will play for NZ national team 'when time is right'

Jul 18, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Should the 7 foot Adams join the Tall Blacks he is likely to clash with Gilas Pilipinas due to the integration of FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania

STEVEN ADAMS IN MANILA. The Thunder center is in Manila to promote NBA Philippines 3X. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

Reyes aimed for versatility, balance in forming SEABA 12

May 02, 2017 - 5:27 AM

I think it’s very balanced it’s very versatile It has size and it’s a great combination of rookies and veterans says Chot Reyes of his 12 man lineup

VERSATILITY. The Gilas Pilipinas SEABA 2017 lineup is a healthy mix of rookies, veterans, and versatile players. Photos from PBA Images

Unpaid 'carriage fees' root of Sky Cable's NBA channels mess – report

Apr 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The column alleges that ABS CBN which owns Sky Cable owes millions worth of carriage fees to Solar

Sky subscribers frustrated as NBA Premium, BTV unavailable for playoffs start

Apr 16, 2017 - 4:08 PM

No timetable for when the hoops channels will be restored for Sky Cable subscribers has been given

LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas begins Tagaytay training camp

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The 3 day camp is set just before the 2017 PBA Commissioner s Cup opens on Friday

DAY ONE. Gilas Pilipinas begins a 3-day training camp in Tagaytay. Photo from coach Chot Reyes' Twitter