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Determined Castro cops second straight Player of the Week award

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Most Valuable Player candidate Jayson Castro is determined to end the season with no less than a championship. His motivation has driven him to be at his best form in the PBA Governors Cup. Already averaging a team-high 21 points for the conference, the 5-foot-8 guard elevated his game further, dropping a season-high 42 points […]

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FIBA OQT: It’s France vs Canada for Rio Berth

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France’s Les Bleus, narrowly missing an Olympic berth in their regional qualifying tourney, get one last crack at the Rio Games versus Team Canada at the close of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the MOA Arena Sunday night. With another solid showing, the Frenchmen rolled past Turkey’s Dev Adam, 75-63, in the semis Saturday […]

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De Ocampo retires from Gilas

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As the Philippines bowed out of its Olympic dream on Wednesday, it also lost a key cog in Ranidel de Ocampo. The 34-year-old forward announced his decision to retire from international competitions early Thursday morning following Gilas Pilipinas’ heartbreaking 89-80 defeat to New Zealand that eliminated the Filipinos from the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament here. […]

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FIBA OQT: Gilas Pilipinas’ Rio dream ends in hands of New Zealand

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The Philippines’ road to Rio came to a swift and stunning end at home. Gilas Pilipinas unraveled and bowed out of contention for a coveted slot in the Summer Games, yielding to a composed and gritty New Zealand side, 89-80, in only the second day of the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament late Wednesday night. The […]

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Tony Parker: Philippines made it tough on us

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The Philippines lost but the team fought gallantly enough to win the respect of international star Tony Parker and his mighty France. Parker logged 30 minutes and scored 21 points and France needed every minute of him on the floor as Gilas Pilipinas, somehow, managed to stay on its feet until the last minute of […]

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FIBA OQT: Philippines falls short against France

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The Philippines showed its mettle as one of the best in Asia but France reminded the Filipinos why it’s a world powerhouse. Gilas Pilipinas fought until the last second only to fall short, 93-93-84, against France at the start of the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament Tuesday night before a capacity crowd at Mall of Asia […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Lions of Senegal

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Road Warriors of Canada

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The 12 Giant Men of Turkey

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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Gilas names final 12; Tenorio, Abueva out

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Tropang TNT, Rain or Shine, San Miguel Beer, Star, Barangay Ginebra and Globalport are six PBA teams with representation in the Gilas Pilipinas final roster named for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Mall of Asia Arena on July 5-10.          The Texters have the most number of players in the team with four, followed by the […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Blues of France

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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Gilas ‘impressive’ so far in Europe camp

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Halfway through their boot camp in Karpenisi, Greece, Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin expressed satisfaction on their accomplishments, all geared towards being at their best during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the MOA Arena on July 5-10. They sweat it out with morning and afternoon sessions for five more days before breaking camp in […]

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Gilas Pilipinas 14-man lineup revealed

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The Philippine men’s national basketball team’s 14-man lineup for the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament is now set. The 14 players who will be with the team for its three-week training camp in Europe are Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes of TNT, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine, […]

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Gilas fends off late rally from Iran in tune-up match

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Gilas Pilipinas got the challenge it needed, weathering a late rally by Iran, 81-70, in a tuneup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Philippines led majority of the game and even took a 23-point lead in the third quarter before using a 9-0 spurt spearheaded by naturalized center Andray Blatche to close out the […]

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Gilas vets happy to lend a hand as final roster announcement looms

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Any moment now, the final lineup tasked to bring the Philippines back to the Olympic stage since the 1972 Munich Games, will be known. But for the veterans on the team like Star;s Marc Pingris and Ginebra’s LA Tenorio, who could be in their final tour of duty for flag and country, they’re more than […]

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Healthy Fajardo back training with Gilas

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Healthy and pain-free, June Mar Fajardo joined Gilas Pilipinas practice for the first time after sitting out the past week due to a swollen knee. Gilas Pilipinas also started its closed-door training sessions on Monday at Meralco Gym. Fajardo, the San Miguel Beer center, told INQUIRER.net that the team had complete attendance with practice player […]

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Rain or Shine’s Almazan embraces role as Gilas practice player

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His stay is just temporary and he won’t even make it to the final 12, but for Raymond Almazan, donning the Gilas Pilipinas jersey feels like nothing he ever felt before. “Siyempre sobrang happy,” Almazan, the Rain or Shine center, said on Sunday at Meralco Gym. “Wala akong mapaglagyan ng saya ko kahit na alam ko […]

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Despite groin injury, Rain or Shine’s Chan refuses to skip Gilas training

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Jeff Chan is committed to attending Gilas practices while he’s recuperating from a groin injury. The Rain or Shine gunslinger was present in Tuesday’s morning practices at Meralco Gym, but sat in the sidelines and watched his teammates go through the drills. “Aattend pa rin ako sa mga practice. Kailangan ko panoorin yung plays at […]

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Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee to skip Gilas duties due to recurring knee injury

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Gilas Pilipinas’ injury woes continue to pile up and the latest casualty is none other than 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP Paul Lee. The Rain or Shine guard has decided to sit out national team duties due to his left knee injury, which has hounded him for the majority of the PBA season. “Nasabi ko […]

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Baldwin glad Abueva, Lee dodged serious injuries

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As watched the game from the commentators’ booth, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin couldn’t help but but feel relieved when Calvin Abueva and Paul Lee both returned to action after separate injury scares. Baldwin worked as a TV analyst in Game 1 of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday night and got a […]

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Huge boost for Gilas as Philippines picked to host Olympic qualifiers

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After missing out on its bid to host the 2019 Fiba World Cup, the Philippines got a consolation as it was chosen to stage one of three Olympic qualifiers slated on July 5 to 11. Hosting the qualifiers will give Gilas Pilipinas a boost in its campaign to crash the 2016 Rio Olympics after failing […]

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9 players join Gilas scrimmage; Resting players still attend practice

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With Barangay Ginebra scheduled to play its second game in three nights on Tuesday, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar skipped practice with Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night to rest. “We’re just going rest tonight because we have a game tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Tenorio. But Tenorio, Slaughter and Aguilar still showed up at the […]

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Fajardo on Gilas return: Familiarity is there

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June Mar Fajardo missed out on Gilas Pilipinas’ recent campaign in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship but that doesn’t mean he has a lot of catching up to do. The reigning two-time MVP admits that he is still familiar with the current program as he reunites with most of his Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 teammatest as […]

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Batang Pier still building chemistry, but ‘it’s scary how good we could be,’ says Washington

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GlobalPort may be getting the win, but veteran Jay Washington thinks the Batang Pier could still be a lot more formidable. The Batang Pier escaped Barako Bull, 105-91, in overtime in Sunday for their victory against one loss in the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup. “I think we have a lot of room for improvement, a […]

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New Gilas pool holds first practice

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The latest national team pool, arguably the best team assembled since the Gilas Pilipinas program began in 2009, convened for its first official practice on Monday night.

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GlobalPort, Barako Bull eye 2nd win

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After chalking up their first victories, GlobalPort and Barako Bull look to continue their winning run when the two teams clash on Sunday.

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Preview: Barangay Ginebra vs Alaska Aces

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In playing cards, a King can never trump an Ace, and it seems the same has been true in the PBA as the Alaska Aces have won their last three games against the Ginebra Gin Kings. Alaska beat Ginebra, 104-98, in the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup elims, 108-99 in the 2015 Govs’ Cup elims, and they […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Preview: Mahindra Enforcers vs Alaska Aces

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The top team in the standings meets the team at the very bottom. The Alaska Aces have won their first two assignments, while the Mahindra Enforcers have struggled so far, losing back-to-back games to kickstart their season. It’s a battle of contrasts here, but it is by no means a foregone conclusion. Even if Alaska […]

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Romeo confident GlobalPort can compete against any team

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It didn’t take long for Terrence Romeo to rediscover his shooting stroke.

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De Ocampo back at home as he continues recovery from herniated disc injury

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Injured forward Ranidel de Ocampo is now back at home where he will spend the next few weeks fully recovering from the herniated disc injury he sustained during Talk N’ Text practice last week.

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Barako Bull comes back from 21 down to keep Ginebra winless

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Barako Bull pulled off a shocker in the PBA Halloween presentation at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night, coming from the depths of a 21-point deficit to stun Barangay Ginebra and its diehards.

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs Barako Bull Energy

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DUEL OF THE DARK HORSES Niether NLEX nor Barako Bull is considered a title favorite or even promising contender to win any title this season, but, given the right opportunity and a little bit of luck, both clubs are capable of springing an upset here and there. This time, however, these dark horse teams will […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs San Miguel Beermen

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GAME STORY: ARE YOU BIG ENOUGH? Meralco added a few pieces in the off-season to address its biggest weakness — size. The Bolts got 6’6 Bryan Faundo and 6’7 Kelly Nabong in the off-season while also luring back former Rookie of the Year 6’7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini to add much needed ceiling to their squad. With […]

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Road Warriors wary of Energy surprise

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NLEX can record a best-ever start and occupy a lofty slot in the 2016 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.

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Romeo offers no excuse for poor showing in loss to SMB

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Terrence Romeo played through pain but the GlobalPort guard won’t use it as an excuse for his poor showing in Batang Pier’s loss to the San Miguel Beermen Saturday night in Davao.

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San Miguel, Globalport kick off PH Cup bid in Davao City

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The Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup holds its first road game in Davao City Saturday, featuring reigning two-conference champ San Miguel Beer versus a Globalport side with a beefed-up roster.

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Tautuaa, Rosario make their debut as Talk N’ Text battles Alaska

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Top draft selections Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario make their much-awaited pro debut as Talk n Text tangles with Alaska Milk in Day Two of the 2015-16 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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PBA honors Gilas Pilipinas’ silver medal feat

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Gilas Pilipinas, which won the silver medal in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in China early in the month, was honored by the PBA during its opening ceremonies Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The Philippine team fell short of its ultimate goal in securing a place in the Rio Olympics but the country […]

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PBA opens new season with colorful festivities

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The PBA was supposed to launch its latest season three days ago but a colourful and lively opening rites proved to be worth the wait for Filipino basketball fans, who are raring to see their hoops heroes back in action.

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2015-16 PBA Season Preview: Alaska Aces

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After two bridesmaid finishes last season, Alaska must be entering this season hungrier than ever.

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San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 07:00 PM
MARCH 01 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 07:00 PM
MARCH 03 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM