Pilipinas Basketball:

FIBA issues suspensions on Philippines and Australia

July 19, 2018 – 3PM Manila Time

Pilipinas Basketball 2018 News: FIBA officially issued punishments and suspensions to the Philippines and Australia  basketball organizations, officials, coaches, players and participating referees this Thursday 3 PM Manila time July 19. No lifetime bans were meted out but mostly five game suspensions and monetary penalties were handed out.


➤ 3 players from Australia and 10 from Gilas Pilipinas were punished.

➤ Australian players included Aaron Kickert (5 games suspended), Thon Maker (3 games suspended) and Chris Goulding (1 game suspended)

➤ Gilas players included Calvin Abueva (6 games suspended, including one past offense), Roger Pogoy (5 games suspended),  Carl Bryan Cruz (5 games suspended), Jio Jalalon (5 games suspended), Terrence Romeo ( 3 games suspended), Jayson Castro William (3 games suspended), Andray Blatche (3 games suspended), Troy Rosario (3 games suspended), Japeth Aguilar (1 game suspended) and Matthew Wright (1 game suspended),

➤ Both Basketball organizations from Australia and Philippines were given sanctions. Basketball Australia was fined with $134,887.20, while SBP or Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was fined $337,208.19 dollars.

➤ Coaches from the Philippines were also disciplined. Coach Jong Uichico was suspended 3 games for participation in the brawl, while Coach Chot Reyes was suspended one game and fined $13,521.88 dollars for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior. Reyes later denied the accusation of inciting (in a Twitter post), but accepts the punishment nonetheless.

➤ Participating referees were also axed as they failed to control the situation during the Australia – Philippines qualifiers match last July 2 at Philippine Arena in Bulacan. The referees from Korea, China and Malaysia were suspended one year from officiating FIBA international tournaments.

➤ The Philippines basketball will also be under three years probation. All three home games of Pilipinas Basketball will be strictly played privately outside of the viewing public.

➤ All suspensions only applies to international games. Games played in the NBA, Australian NBL or the Philippine’s PBA will not be affected.

➤ No suspensions or punishments were mentioned regarding acts committed by Aussie players including racial slurs.

July 19, 2018 - 3PM Manila Time

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA World Cup Under-17:

Batang Gilas masters New Zealand, 73-51

July 9, 2018 – Santa Fe, Argentina

FIBA World Cup Under-17 News 2018: Batang Gilas humbled New Zealand, 73-51, and placed 13th overall in the 2018 FIBA World Cup Under-17 classification showdown this Monday in Santa Fe, Argentina. Towering 7’1 center Kai Sotto backstopped the young Gilas with 22 points and 10 rebounds.


➤ The 13th place finish of Batang Gilas is a new world record for the Philippines, as it finished 15th last 2014.

➤ Batang Gilas was on a hapless losing streak before defeating Egypt prior to Monday’s victory over New Zealand.

➤ No other Filipino player posted double digits in scoring aside from Sotto.

➤ Mitchell Dance led the losing Tall Blacks with 12 markers and 11 rebounds.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 16-12, 41-26, 54-36, 73-51.

batang gilas: 73

Sotto 22, Fortea 9, Abadiano 8, Calimag 8, Chiu 8, Guadana 7, Padrigao 4, Cortez 4, Andrada 0, Lazaro 0.

new zealand: 51

Dance 12, Broughton 10, Cowie 6, Williams-Dunn 6, Dixon 5, Vaigafa 5, Rissetto 4, McKinlay 3, Jenkins 0, Stodard 0, Payne 0.

July 9, 2018 - Santa Fe, Argentina

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team