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GOLD-LIKE SILVER FOR GILAS

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GILAS Pilipinas failed fell short in its bid to add on to a dream run Sunday, falling to stratospheric Iran, 71-85, but has a glittering prize to show nonetheless from the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena. Hammed Haddadi translated his hulking 7-foot-2 frame into a Most Valuable Player of the […]

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GILAS GOES FOR ALL THE MARBLES

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GILAS Pilipinas has settled one score. Another awaits. The Filipinos can stop a string of six straight losses to Iran when they clash Sunday for all the marbles of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena. By simply reaching the winner-take-all finals both teams have booked seats to next year’s FIBA […]

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ONE WORLD CUP SLOT LEFT FOR THE TAKING

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Drowned by the euphoria of claiming a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Spain were the results of the other games in the penultimate day of the 27th FIBA Asia championship Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. First to book a seat in the title match Sunday was Iran, which ripped Chinese-Taipei, 79-60, […]

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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Gilas Pilipinas delivered one big coup Saturday night that drowned away the sorrows of Philippine basketball. Team Phl carved an epic feat, leaning on its brave fighting heart to beat out arch rival South Korea, 86-79, in their duel for an outright passage into the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Marcus Douthit limped off […]

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CHINA OUT OF FINAL FOUR

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A new Asian champion will be crowned Sunday. Chinese-Taipei, playing like it never did before, shocked the overflow crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena Friday as it dethroned mighty China with a 96-78 drubbing in the quarterfinals of the 27th FIBA Asia championship. Quincy Davis finally broke out of his shell, firing a game-high […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS DECKS KAZAKHSTAN, MAKES FINAL 4

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Gilas Pilipinas is a heartbeat away from making the 2014 FIBA World Cup cast of participants. Making a big turnaround from its lousy performance against Hong Kong Wednesday, Team Phl sent Kazakhstan down to its knees, 88-58, to advance to the semifinals of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena Friday […]

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IT’S SEMIS OR BUST AS GILAS PLAYS KAZAKHSTAN

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The country has never been this close to the world meet for ages, and there should be no more turning back for Gilas Pilipinas now that it has gotten itself in a good position for a breakthrough. Two wins away from grabbing a sure ticket to the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas will be […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS, IRAN TOP GROUPS, HEAD FINAL 8

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Gilas Pilipinas and Iran scored contrasting wins but wound up topping their rspective groups just the same at the end of the second round of eliminations in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Displaying little of the shooting touch and fluid motion that gave them victories over Japan and […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS CLINCHES NO. 1 SPOT IN GROUP E

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GILAS Pilipinas was given a piece of cake by Qatar earlier Wednesday. It took a lot of doing before it could eat it too. The Filipinos came up with the firm they wanted only in the last three minutes in notching a 67-55 win over Hong Kong Wednesday and formally claim group topnotcher honors in […]

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CHINESE-TAIPEI, IRAN HOLD SWAY

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Chinese-Taipei and Iran continued their unbeaten runs Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, firming up their grip on the No. 1 spot in their respective groups going into the final day of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship preliminaries. Veteran slotman Tseng Wen-Ting banged in 19 points as Chinese-Taipei eked out a scary 79-76 squeaker […]

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GILAS HURDLES QATAR

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GILAS Pilipinas overcame a tough Qatar squad Tuesday in a game that should possibly prime it up for a tough quarterfinals opponent in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena. An 80-70 win over previously unbeaten Qatar Tuesday was the second straight for the Filipinos and lined them up for a […]

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NATIONALS BRACE FOR BATTLE WITH QATARIS

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Gilas Pilipinas squares off with Qatar Tuesday looking for a win that could seal the host team’s place in the Top Three in its bracket in the elimination stage of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship. A win in their 8:30 p.m. match at the Mall of Asia Arena even keeps the Filipinos in contention for […]

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IRAN, CHINESE-TAIPEI, QATAR REMAIN UNSCATHED

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Three first round Group topnotchers kept their immaculate slates on Day 1 of the second round of preliminaries in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Chinese-Taipei walloped Hong Kong, 94-55, while Qatar downed Jordan, 75-61, as the two squads kept their unbeaten run to share the lead in Group […]

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BIG REBOUND FOR GILAS

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THERE was no last quarter collapse for Gilas Pilipinas Monday night. The Nationals made sure of that by playing heads-up for majority of the game that spelled a 90-71 win over Japan that stoked expectations of their big finish in the second round of eliminations in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS OUT TO GET BACK ON TRACK

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Taking a breather after their disappointing loss to Chinese Taipei Saturday, Gilas Pilipinas plunges back into action, tangling with old rival Japan at the start of the second round of elimination phase of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Monday. The Nationals will be out to soothe battered […]

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SECOND ROUND CAST COMPLETE

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Three teams have fallen by the wayside, leaving 12 others to slug it out for all the marbles in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship. Chinese Taipei broke the hearts of the hometown crowd, turning back Gilas Pilipinas 84-79 at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday. The win enabled Chinese-Taipei to sweep Group A and move […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS DRAWS SATURDAY DAMPENER

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In this damp Saturday, Gilas Pilipinas was dejected losing a game that it wanted to win badly. Coach Chot Reyes offered profuse apologies to the nation, especially to the Filipinos based in Taiwan after the game. “I apologized to our countrymen in Taiwan. We wanted to win this for them because I know they’ve been […]

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GUIAO’S E-PAINTERS DELIVERING GOODS IN ASIAN CAGEFEST

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Following Jeff Chan’s torrid shooting exhibition against Jordan Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, the deadshot gunner will definitely be a marked man for the Philippine team in the FIBA Asia Championship. Yeng Guiao, Chan’s coach at Rain or Shine, suggested that his player be used as a decoy in the next games […]

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IRAN SERVES NOTICE; FIBA ASIA DAY 2 RECAP

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Iran is deadset on reclaiming the Asian basketball throne. Hamed Hadadi and Nikkah Bahrami combined for 53 big points as Iran subdued Korea, 76-65, to claim solo lead in Group C of the FIBA Asia men’s championship at the Mall of Asia Arena Friday. Korea dropped to 1-1 in a tie with China, which mauled […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS SCORES SWEET REVENGE VS. JORDAN

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And Gilas Pilipinas has gotten over its Jordan nightmare. With the cheering crowd behind them, the Nationals worked on a rousing third-quarter attack and went on to get back at the Jordanians, 77-71, in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Friday night. Gilas Pilipinas overcame a sluggish […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS OUT TO EASE OLD WUHAN PAIN

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One of the Philippines’ losses that still rankles the Filipinos’ hearts and minds was Gilas Pilipinas’ downfall while inch away from the gold-medal game in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. Coach Chot Reyes and his troops have got in their hands the chance to soothe the nation’s feeling over that sad Wuhan […]

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KOREA BRINGS DOWN MIGHTY CHINA IN DAY 1

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China realized on opening day its title retention drive is going to be anything but trouble-free. Veteran Kim Joo-Sung scattered 15 points to lead Korea, which banked on a big finish in a stunning 63-59 conquest of the defending champions in Group C action. Yi Jianlian finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for China. […]

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GILAS HURDLES FIRST TEST

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IT MAY not be the kind of win most expected of Gilas Pilipinas, but it would have to do for national coach Chot Reyes. “At the back of our mind we knew this was going to be a difficult first game and I’m glad it’s behind us,” said Reyes after his team overcame Saudi Arabia, […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS OPENS QUEST FOR SPAIN TRIP VS. SAUDI ARABIA

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Good-natured banters came to an end at the conclusion of the gala night at the Dusit Thani Hotel Wednesday. Now come the growls and howls, and the pushes and the shoves as the 27th FIBA Asia Championship unfurls at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila Thursday. Fourteen of […]

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TOSSUP FOR 2014 FIBA WORLD CUP TICKETS

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Proliferation of naturalized players and foreign coaches has raised the level of Asian basketball and put parity at least among the major contenders in the region. Asian basketball officials said that’s the very case in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship that unfolds at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and Ninoy Aquino Stadium in […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS SPANKS KAZAKHSTAN

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Gilas Pilipinas made a big turnaround from its showing against the PBA Stars Wednesday and concluded its warm-up matches for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship with a 92-89 decision over Kazakhstan at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. Jeff Chan and Jason Castro erupted for 20 points each with Larry Fonacier and Jimmy Alapag chipping […]

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE MOA ARENA

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THERE is no fitting venue for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship than the SM Mall of Asia Arena. At just over a year old, the MOA Arena has compiled a sterling track record in terms of its capability in hosting not only sporting but also entertainment events. The list of local and foreign icons who […]

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GILAS TESTS METTLE OF KAZAKHSTAN

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Exactly a week before the start of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship, Gilas Pilipinas plays a final warm-up game, tangling with Central Asian power Kazakhstan at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight (Friday night). Coach Chot Reyes welcomes this opportunity to test the mettle of the Kazakh team, an old rival which is likely to stand on […]

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INTERESTING SIDELINE BATTLES AS WELL IN FIBA ASIA MEET

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CHOT Reyes, head coach of Gilas Pilipinas, will be in distinguished company during the 27th FIBA Asia Championship from Aug. 1-11 at the Mall of Asia Arena, the main battleground, and the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, the secondary venue. A multi-titled PBA mentor and a veteran national coach, Reyes will be swapping bench strategies with 14 of the most […]

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FINE-TUNING GAME GNAWS AT GILAS

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GOOD thing Wednesday’s game was merely an exhibition and not an actual FIBA Asia game. If not, according to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, his team would have been in a lot of trouble notwithstanding a 99-87 win over a PBA Selection in the MyPhone-sponsored match at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Seemingly sleepwalking […]

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QATAR, JAPAN FLY INTO MANILA WITH QUESTIONS

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With West Asian powerhouse Lebanon out of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship as a result of a four-year suspension, Group B of the tournament will only have three teams with FIBA opting not to invite either Iraq or the United Arab Emirates as was initially speculated. Group B will now only have Qatar, Japan, and […]

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GILAS TESTS ASIAN RIVAL KAZAKHSTAN FRIDAY

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In the run-up to the opening of the 27 th FIBA Asia Championship, host team Gilas Pilipinas plays two more warm-up games, taking on a PBA select team Wednesday at the MOA Arena and the Kazakhstan squad Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Kazakhstan is an interesting assignment, considering this central Asian team is a […]

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FIBA SUSPENSION ON LEBANON STAYS

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LEBANON’s desperate bid for inclusion in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship just went down the drain. The International Basketball Federation on Thursday upheld the suspension it meted on Lebanon, quashing the latter’s hopes of making it to the continental tournament Manila is hosting Aug. 1 to 11. In affirming its July 11 decision to suspend Lebanon, the world’s […]

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CHINA & IRAN STILL TEAMS TO BEAT

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China and Iran, the last two teams to reign supreme in the FIBA Asia Championship, still loom as the top title contenders despite the continued influx of naturalized players in the regional cage conclave. For the 27th edition of the Asian meet in Manila, the Chinese and the Iranians are still the benchmarks with their formidable […]

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NATURALIZED PLAYERS KEY FACTOR IN FIBA ASIA MEET

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When the 27th FIBA Asia Championship tips off on August 1, one of the players on every team who will be keenly scrutinized are the naturalized players. International rules allow the naturalization of players and countries have used that to bolster or plug holes in their team’s line-ups. The fortunes of these national teams will also […]

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LEBANON CEDARS KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED

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Don’t count Lebanon out. Not just yet. Suspended by FIBA last Friday due to the intramurals in their national association back home, the Lebanese cagers are flying into Manila Monday from Taipei for the final leg of their preparations for the FIBA Asia championship on August 1-11. The Cedars are fresh from a rather disappointing […]

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IRAN RECLAIMS JONES CUP CROWN

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The Jones Cup crown that Gilas Pilipinas failed to defend is now back in the hands of Iran. Iran veteran stars Hamed Haddadi, Samad Bahrami, Oshin Sahakian and Hamed Afagh all went to work as they disposed of host Chinese Taipei, 72-67, to clinch the 2013 Jones Cup championship at the Hsinchuang Stadium in New […]

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MVP: FIBA HOSTING 90% OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

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When the Federation Internationale de Basketball Association awarded the hosting rights to the Philippines last January, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manuel V. Pangilinan remembered feeling a wave of elation wrap itself all over him. Then there was a sobering thought. “Mahirap to,” Pangilinan recounted. “There’s a lot of work that we need to put […]

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GOAL WITHIN REACH – GUIAO

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Four years ago, he was the guy tasked to whip up a bunch of guys tasked to get the Philippines back to the World meet. It was a tough job made more difficult by having to wage war on hostile territory. Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao, chief tactician of the Philippine national team […]

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PHL DOZEN GET THUMBS UP FROM TOROMAN, CONE

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Gilas Pilipinas has the materials to get the job done. Former Philippine national team head coaches Rajko Toroman and Tim Cone believe that  the Gilas Pilipinas team currently in New Zealand for the final phase of their preparations for the coming FIBA Asia Championship can bring the country back to the world stage. Toroman, a […]

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