fiba olympic qualifiers - updates

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Student vs Mentor: Joseph, Parker relish matchup in OQT Final

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Both play well in the finals but Parker and France get the last laugh

Batum: FIBA OQT win is little step to bigger Rio Olympics

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:17 PM

France joins Serbia and Croatia as the last 3 teams to qualify for Olympic basketball next month

ONE SMALL STEP. For Nicolas Batum and France, winning the Manila OQT is just one small step of their Rio Olympics goal. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Parker refused to end int'l career without one last Olympic run

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Tony Parker says he couldn t be happy with anything less than a final stint in the Olympics

MAN ON A MISSION. Tony Parker looks like a man on a mission in this photo after he knocks down a huge 3-pointer late in the FIBA OQT final. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Feeling like a rockstar, Tony Parker plans return to Philippines next summer

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Parker was very complimentary of the Filipino people and how they received the France national team

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rio Olympic basketball cast, draw complete

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:26 AM

See the full draw results here

ON TO RIO. France is among 12 teams that will compete at the Rio Olympic basketball tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

France headed to Rio Olympics after winning Manila OQT

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Tony Parker delivers late to clinch the championship for France

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE: Canada vs France – FIBA OQT Final

Jul 10, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Get live updates from the 2016 FIBA OQT Final with Canada vs France on July 10 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

Thompson hungry for FIBA OQT success after winning NBA title

Jul 10, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Tristan Thompson wants to top off his NBA title winning year by helping Canada earn a spot in the 2016 Olympics

READY FOR MORE. Tristan Thompson is eager to bring Canada to the Olympics and experience more success after winning the NBA title last month. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

France’s experience not a major advantage over Canada, says Diaw

Jul 10, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Diaw also touches on France’s slow starts in the Manila OQT and the team’s depth

Short-handed New Zealand proud of valiant stand vs Canada

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Though losing the chance to qualify for the Olympics New Zealand is walking away from the FIBA OQT with much to be proud of

DISAPPOINTED BUT PROUD. Though eliminated, New Zealand is still proud of how they performed in the FIBA Olympic Qualifier. Tai Webster is seen here reacting during the game against Canada. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

France barges into OQT final with takedown of Turkey

Jul 09, 2016 - 10:48 PM

France will face Canada in the finals for a ticket to the Rio Olympics

Canada survives close call against New Zealand to advance

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Canada awaits the winner of France vs Turkey to determine whom it faces in the finals

Jimmy Alapag: Gilas Pilipinas will rise again

Jul 09, 2016 - 5:12 PM

As Gilas picks up the pieces after another defeat the former team captain is confident the national team live fight once again

LITTLE BIG MAN. Gilas team captain Jimmy Alapag is determined to go out with a bang. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP


Jul 09, 2016 - 3:25 AM

Which teams will make the finals?

Nicolas Batum ready for Manila debut in FIBA OQT semis

Jul 08, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Batum s all around game will be a huge plus for France as it enters the semis

Romeo to Gilas doubters: Just be proud of our sacrifices

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Terrence Romeo has a message to skeptics of Gilas Pilipinas

MESSAGE. Terrence Romeo has a message to the Gilas Pilipinas doubters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

At lowest point, Gilas finds comfort among Filipinos

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Even after a huge disappointment Gilas Pilipinas finds they can always come home to Filipinos and they won’t ever be abandoned

TOGETHER. Gilas Pilipinas huddles at center court after getting eliminated in the FIBA OQT. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The void left by Castro's Gilas retirement won't easily be filled

Jul 08, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Jayson Castro leaves behind big shoes to fill by departing from the national team

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

How to create a better atmosphere at Gilas home games

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A fan s take on how to transform MOA Arena into a hell for visiting teams

Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas: defeated, but unbroken

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Gilas Pilipinas may have a different lineup next time but the team has shown the ability to rise up from adversity time and again

France rallies to avoid upset vs New Zealand

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:41 PM

France erases a 10 point lead entering the fourth period to go 2 0 in the Manila OQT

France vs New Zealand FIBA Olympic Qualifiers. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Jayson Castro announces retirement from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Ako si Jayson Castro William taga Guagua Pampanga lumaban para sa bayan Castro posts on Instagram

RETIRED. Jayson Castro will no longer play for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Turkey escapes Senegal, makes FIBA OQT semis

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Big shots down the stretch by Muhammed help Turkey advance

Senegal vs Turkey FIBA Olympic Qualifiers. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LIVE: FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila, Day 3: NZL vs FRA and SEN vs TUR

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Get live updates from the third day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with New Zealand vs France and Senegal vs Turkey on July 7 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

Veteran De Ocampo retires from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo announces his retirement from the Philippine national team after Gilas exit from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

RDO RETIRES. Ranidel De Ocampo retires from international basketball. Photo from

Baldwin sees positives for Gilas despite early OQT exit

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Baldwin highlights how important it was for Gilas to get a taste of top notch international competition

Gilas in pain, but ‘can’t stop being proud’ - Norwood

Jul 07, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Norwood says that the amount of hard work the team put in entering the tourney makes the defeat tougher to handle

Jayson Castro may retire from Gilas after FIBA OQT disappointment

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:29 AM

The star point guard is contemplating retirement from the national team after the Philippines crashed out of the Olympic qualifiers in the group stage

LAST GILAS STINT? Is the FIBA OQT Jayson Castro's last Gilas Pilipinas stint? Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Senegal grateful for PH fan support against Canada

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Filipino fans back Senegal during their clash with Canada at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

TOUGH LOSS. Senegal loses a close one to Canada, but wins the cheers of Filipino home fans. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Netizens still proud despite Gilas Pilipinas' FIBA OQT exit

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:16 AM

Even with the heartbreaking loss netizens and spectators still showed their support for Gilas Pilipinas until the very end

Gilas falls to New Zealand, gets eliminated in front of home crowd

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:54 PM

A day after losing a close game to France Gilas suffers a similar fate versus New Zealand

Canada survives Senegal to make FIBA OQT semis

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Canada will face the second placers from Group B for a chance to make the finals

IN PHOTOS: In France setback, Gilas' 6th man still proves memorable

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Fans push their lungs and vocal cords to the limit and proudly display their Gilas fandom through banners and face paint

PUSO. The Filipino fans sit beside French fans but still cheer 'puso!' and 'laban Pilipinas!' Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New Zealand ‘not intimidated’ by expected hostile crowd vs Gilas

Jul 06, 2016 - 4:00 PM

New Zealand is expecting to deal with a loud partisan Filipino crowd and are looking forward to it

EXCITED TO PLAY. New Zealand is excited to play before the Philippine crowd. Photo from

Poor shooting, injury blow doom Turkey against Canada

Jul 06, 2016 - 3:10 PM

It was a poor offensive night for the 8th ranked Turkey at the FIBA OQT

STRUGGLE. Naturalized playmaker Bobby Dixon (L), also known as Ali Muhammed, struggles against Canada, missing all 8 of his shot attempts. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Steve Nash finds the Philippines’ love for basketball ‘fantastic’

Jul 06, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Nash also discusses Canada s opening win against Turkey

Photo by Josh Albelda

Breaking down France’s win over the Philippines: what went wrong for Gilas?

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:53 PM

In the end France’s talent class and experience was too much

TOO MUCH. Jayson Castro is crowded by French players Tony Parker and Kim Tillie. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Preview: Gilas Pilipinas faces must-win situation vs New Zealand

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Philippines faces a must win situation against New Zealand following the loss to France Here s a look at how they match up

WIN OR GO HOME. Luckily for the Philippines, the Tall Blacks aren't as tall as their French opponents last night. Photo from

PNP generals, British pound, Gilas Pilipinas | 12PM wRap

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Loss to France in line with the script of Gilas

Jul 06, 2016 - 11:00 AM

In a storyline which has become a bitter pattern the Philippines grabs a lead against a powerhouse team only to fall in the end

WHERE'D THAT GO? Andray Blatche tries to hold on to the ball in Gilas' game vs France. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Parker heaps praise on Philippine crowd, Gilas guards

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:09 AM

France rallies from an early deficit against Gilas to get the win on the OQT s opening day

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Disappointment as Gilas squanders early lead, falls to France

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Tony Parker and Nando De Colo lead France in its opening win over the Philippines

LIVE: FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila, Day 2: CAN vs SEN and PHI vs NZL

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Get live updates from the second day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with Canada vs New Zealand and Philippines vs Senegal July 6 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

Joseph leads Canada past Turkey in OQT opener

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Canada wins its first game and will face Senegal next

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Canada’s Jay Triano: A Manila ‘homecoming'

Jul 05, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Triano who is coaching Canada at the Olympic qualifier in Manila also played for Canada in the 1978 FIBA World Championship in Manila

France’s De Colo wants to earn Olympic spot for outgoing Tony Parker

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:20 PM

De Colo says it s time for France to forget the disappointment of EuroBasket 2015

HIGH NOTE. Nando De Colo, who used to be Tony Parker’s teammate with the San Antonio Spurs, says that as a teammate, he would love for Parker, Gelabale, and Pietrus to end their national team tours of duty on a high note with an Olympic berth. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

'Big possibility' Duterte will watch Gilas vs France live or on TV

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The Philippines will vie for an Olympics slot starting Tuesday July 5 against France

WILL THE PRESIDENT WATCH? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seen here speaking to supporters in Cebu on June 25, 2016, may watch Gilas Pilipinas' game versus France. File photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

France hopes to keep Gilas fans from taking over game

Jul 04, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The Philippines will have the sixth man benefit when Gilas faces France on Tuesday

SILENCE THE CROWD. France will be wary of the Filipino home crowd at the FIBA OQT. Photo from FIBA

LIVE: Gilas Pilipinas vs France – FIBA OQT Manila

Jul 04, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Get live updates from the first day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with Turkey vs Canada at 6:30 pm and Philippines vs France at 9 pm