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REST HURTING BLATCHE OR GO HARD?

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SEVILLE, Spain – With a bruised right knee, Andray Blatche’s status against Argentina Monday (early Tuesday morning in Manila) is a game-time decision for coach Chot Reyes. For the Gilas bench chieftain, the question is whether to rest Blatche against Argentina and save him for Puerto Rico and Senegal or to go hard with whatever they have. “Right [...]

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GREECE JUST TOO MUCH FOR GILAS PILIPINAS

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SEVILLE, Spain – No Greek tragedy, no Greeks bearing gifts to beware of on Day 2 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Just Greeks, big and powerful, like the army Odysseus once led against Troy in classical mythology. Gilas Pilipinas spent the entire 40 minutes Sunday shooting arrows but couldn’t find one vulnerable spot, much less an Achilles heel. Simply put, [...]

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GILAS BATTLES ANOTHER POWERHOUSE IN ARGENTINA

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SEVILLE, Spain – Will Gilas Pilipinas have enough high-octane gas left in the tank against Luis Scola and Argentina Monday to fulfill Bill Bayno’s prediction? The hope is that the Philippine team, on the heels of squaring off with European heavyweights back-to-back in two days, won’t be zapped of strength and will by the time [...]

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RIVALS TAKE NOTE OF PINOYS’ GUTSY STAND AS CROATIA NIPS GILAS IN OT

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SEVILLE, Spain – Mount Croatia was there for the conquering. And had it not been for a most unfortunate slip late in the climb and so close to the summit, the Philippine flag would have been planted atop Group B of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Saturday night at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo. Gilas Pilipinas nonetheless sent [...]

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GILAS PILIPINAS TAKES ON WORLD NO. 5 GREECE

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SEVILLE – Greece, 11th placer in the 2013 EuroBasket, needed a wild card to make the 2014 FIBA World Cup but no one is underestimating the Greeks here. No one among Group B competitors in Seville, Spain. And definitely, certainly and surely not Gilas Pilipinas. The team that stunned a selection of US NBA stars in [...]

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GILAS PILIPINAS FIBA WORLD CUP GAMES TV AIRING SCHEDULE

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Saturday, August 30 6:30 p.m.               Gilas Pilipinas vs. Croatia (Live on TV5) Replay on Aug. 31 9:00 p.m. on Aksyon TV; Sept. 1 1:30 p.m. on TV5 Monday, September 1 2:00 a.m.               Gilas Pilipinas vs. Greece (Live on TV5) Replay on Sept. 1 9:00 p.m. on Aksyon TV; Sept. 2 7:00 p.m. on TV5 [...]

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PLAYING FOR COACH YENG EXCITES ALAS

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Seen by many as an insurance pick, Kevin Alas is out to prove he truly belongs with the big boys. The son of coach Louie Alas was picked second overall by Rain or Shine in the 2014 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft last Sunday, and the 6-foot guard said that he is just as surprised as [...]

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ACES HIT BULL’S EYE IN ROOKIE HAUL

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For coach Alex Compton, Alaska’s haul in the 2014 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft is no fluke. “We spent six-and-a-half hours on Saturday to prepare for the Draft. Di ‘to tsamba lang. You can say tsamba na rin, but with the way it turned out, it was great,” he said. The Aces nabbed Chris Banchero at fifth in [...]

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HOPING FOR THE BEST, BUT READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS

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This early, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is preparing for the worst. Already in a shaky situation with rumors of Paul Lee demanding a trade, the feisty bench tactician calmed the tides in their fort and selected Kevin Alas as the second pick in the 2014 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft. “We took Kevin Alas [...]

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HUMIHIRIT NG MALAKI

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Isang beteranong player ang tila nagiging sakit ng ulo ng kanyang team ngayon. Nagpaparinig kasi ang naturang cager ng malaking paycheck gayung alam naman ng lahat na hindi na ganun kakinang ang kanyang pangalan at lalong wala na halos asim ang kanyang laro. Sinasabing galing 175 thousand pesos a month na paycheck ang manlalaro, bagay [...]

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