FIBA Asia U18:

Australia halts Batang Gilas, 77-43

August 10, 2018 – Nonthaburi

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Australia halted Batang Gilas, 77-43, in the quarterfinals of 2018 FIBA Asia Championships this Friday evening in Nonthaburi Thailand. The Aussies limited the Philippines to only 43 points total and leveled the twin tower duo of AJ Edu and Kai Sotto to only single-digit points output. The suffocating full-court defense also disrupted the efficiency of the dribble drive offense of Batang Gilas.


Samson Froling paced the Australian offensive juggernaut with his 12 buckets, 7 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

➤ AJ Edu led the losing Filipinos with his 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Gerry Abadiano also added 8 markers.

➤ The fabulous trio of Kai Sotto, Dave Ildefonso and Dalph Panopio were limited to a dismal 11 points total output as they were hounded by the Australian defense all day long. It also didn’t help the Pinoy five cause as they converted only 16 of 65 shots for a 25% fieldgoal clip.

➤ Australia stole the ball 15 times compared to Philippine’s 2 steals total, and made 16 fastbreak points to RP’s 4 total.

Batang Gilas is now effectively out of the contention for the championship, but will later rematch with a pesky China squad led by Guo Hao Wen for the 3rd Place (Bronze medal) ballgame.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 14-12, 44-20, 60-28, 77-43.

australia: 77

Froling 12, Dalton 10, Stattman 10, Bowen 8, Gatbel 7, Lee 7, Robertson 7, Wigness 7, Leaupepe 6, Krause 3, Armstrong 0.

batang gilas: 43

Edu 9, Abadiano 8, Cortez 6, Torres 6, Ildefonso 5, Panopio 4, Oczon 3, Sotto 2, Amsali 0, Chiu 0, Lina 0, Ramirez 0.

Posted August 11, 2018 - Nonthaburi, Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA Asia U18:

Batang Gilas blitzes past Bahrain, 67-52

August 9, 2018 – Nonthaburi

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Batang Gilas blitzed past Bahrain, 67-52, in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships this Thursday at Nonthaburi, Thailand. Kai Sotto starred with his 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, while AJ Edu also contributed 16 markers, 17 boards, 3 assists and 2 swats.


Miguel Andre Oczon also chipped-in 10 buckets for the young Pinoys.

Baqer Ali fought for the losing Bahrain five with 13 buckets and 3 caroms.

The Batang Gilas victory effectively earned them a spot in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup. It was in 1979 when the Philippine basketball team last made it to the prestigious cagefest.

➤ Additionally, the Filipinos placed 13th during the last FIBA World Cup Under-17 tournament.

➤ The young Filipino five will next face Australia this Friday, August 10. The Aussies ended their quarterfinals assignment by beating Japan, 88-52. The match-up will be particularly special, given the recent history of both national squads.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-11, 26-34, 48-45, 67-52.

batang gilas: 67

Sotto 21, Edu 16, Oczon 10, Ildefonso 6, Panopio 4, Abadiano 3, Ramirez 3, Amsali 2, Cortez 2, Chiu 0, Lina 0.

bahrain: 52

Ali, B. 13, Awadh 13, Rashed, M. 11, Rashed, A. 7, Dindayneh 2, Hamoda 2, Aboukuora 2, Kadhem 2, Ali, A. 0, Alrowaila 0, Al Koohiji 0, Nawaf 0.

Posted August 10, 2018 - Nonthaburi Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA Asia U18:

Batang Gilas bludgeons China, 73-63

August 7, 2018 – Nonthaburi

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Batang Gilas bludgeoned China, 73-63, in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships this Tuesday evening in Nonthaburi Thailand. Dave Ildefonso proved once more that his celebrated performance against Lebanon was no fluke as he powered Batang Gilas with his 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, while AJ Edu also contributed  a double-double of 13 markers and 14 boards.


Dalph Panopio also contributed 12 buckets, while Kai Sotto dropped his own double-double of 11 points, 10 caroms and 4 blocks.

Haowen Guo paced the losing Chinese with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

➤ The young Gilas five are now assured of a quarterfinal slot in the tournament. They will either face Bahrain, South Korea or Chinese Taipei in the next round.

➤ The top four teams will be automatically included in the next year’s FIBA World U18 Championships.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 18-15, 31-27, 54-39, 73-63

batang gilas: 73

Ildefonso 18, Edu 13, Panopio 12, Sotto 11, Oczon 11, Torres 5, Abadiano 2, Cortez 1, Ramirez 0, Amsali 0, Lina 0, Chiu 0.

china: 63

Guo 24, Jiang Q 14, Wang Q 13, Xu 7, Jiang W 5, Shi 0, Li 0, Chen 0, Wang Y 0.

Posted August 8, 2018 - Nonthaburi, Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA Asia U18:

Batang Gilas destroys UAE, 92-49

August 6, 2018 – Nonthaburi

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Batang Gilas destroyed UAE, 92-49, in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships this Monday at  Nonthaburi Thailand. Twin Tower combination worked for the young GIlas as 6’10 AJ Edu dropped 16 points and 8 rebounds, while 7’1 Kai Sotto also contributed 14 markers and 8 boards.


Rhyavan Amsali also added 13 buckets and 5 caroms for the Under-18 Pinoy five.

Mohamed Alhashmi powered the losing United Arab Emirates squad with 18 points and 3 rebounds.

Batang Gilas will next face China this Tuesday, August 7 at 6:45PM.

➤ The top 4 teams in this tournament will clinch a spot to play in next year’s 2019 FIBA World Under-19 Championships.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 29-14, 50-31, 69-44, 92-49.

batang gilas: 92

Edu 16, Sotto 14, Amsali 13, Torres 12, Panopio 7, Cortez 6, Lina 6, Abadiano 6, Ramirez 5, Oczon 3, Ildefonso 2.

uae: 49

Alhashmi 18, Albreiki 11, Hussein 8, Albloushi 4, Almaeeni 4, Alblooshi 4, M. Alhammadi 0, S. Alhammadi 0, Alhosani 0, Alketbi 0, AlSawan 0, Alteneiji 0.

August 7, 2018 - Nonthaburi, Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA Asia Under-18 News:

Batang Gilas cracks Lebanon, 75-53

August 5, 2018 – Nonthaburi

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Batang Gilas cracked Lebanon, 75-53, in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship this Sunday in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Dave Ildefonso led the young Gilas five with his 19 big points, while Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu also contributed 17 markers, 12 caroms and 3 blocks.


➤ Fil-Italian Dalph Panopio also chipped-in 12 buckets, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Kai Sotto added 12 points.

Alexander Zanbaka paced the losing Lebanese side with his 12 buckets and 5 boards.

The young Philippine squad had too much height against Lebanon, as they outrebounded their middle eastern counterpart, 61-36.

Batang Gilas will next square-off against UAE this Monday, August 6.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 25-15, 41-33, 59-41, 75-53.

batang gilas: 75

Ildefonso 19, Edu 17, Panopio 12, Sotto 12, Amsali 5, Ramirez 5, Cortez 2, Chiu 2, Abadiano 1, Lina 0, Oczon 0, Torres 0.

lebanon: 53

Zanbaka 12, Kopaly 9, Dargham 7, Kasab 6, Bedikian 6, Htait 5, Khoueiry 3, Khayat 2, Mougharbel 2, Saade 1, Karime 0, Samaha 0.

Posted August 6, 2018 - Nonthaburi, Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Pilipinas Basketball:

SBP opts to rejoin Asiad 2018 amid public clamor

August 5, 2018 – Manila

Pilipinas Basketball News 2018: SBP or Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas opted to rejoin the Asian Games 2018 Basketball amid public clamor. Initially deciding to forego the quadrennial event due to multiple factors such as regrouping after the FIBA suspension, player availability and miscommunication on PBA teams lending of players, SBP had a change of heart and decided to send a national team instead.


➤ As initially agreed upon, the nucleus of the team will have core players from PBA team Rain or Shine with the addition of some choice cagers from Coach Yeng Guiao.

Gilas Pilipinas will have ROS players such as Maverick Ahinmisi, Raymund Almazan, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood and James Yap.

➤ Other PBA players requested by Guiao include San Miguel’s Christian Stanhardinger, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, TNT’s Don Trollano, NLEX’s Asi Taulava and BlackWater’s Poy Erram.

➤ Also for consideration were Gilas Cadet players Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero.

➤ Only Ahinmisi, Erram, Trollano and Pringle are players who had not represented the national team as a Pro player. Pringle, however, was part of the recent FIBA 3 on 3 tournament.

➤ It will be a second national tour of duty for Chris Tiu who was a member of Rajko Toroman’s Smart Gilas in his amateur days. James Yap, meanwhile, will have another crack at an international cage tournament as he was also a member of Guiao’s 2009 FIBA Asia squad.
Guiao will also be hard-pressed to better his 2009 FIBA Asia coaching stint after then Pilipinas Basketball team ended-up with a dismal 8th place in Tianjin.

Posted August 6, 2018 - Manila

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Pilipinas Basketball News:

Gilas Pilipinas to forego Asiad 2018

July 26, 2018 – Philippines

Pilipinas Basketball News 2018: Gilas Pilipinas will not participate in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games basketball as SBP – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, opted late Thursday to shun the Asiad due to their pending appeal to the FIBA suspension and to refocus the national team’s priorities.


➤ SBP Director Sonny Barrios confirmed via Twitter the SBP decision to forego the Asiad: “Prepare the process of appealing the FIBA Disciplinary Panel’s recent decision, and aim for sustainable success in future tournament…”

➤ Continuation of SBP statement: “However, to allow our National Team and our organization to regroup, prepare for the process of appealing the FIBA Disciplinary Panel’s recent Decision, and aim for sustainable success in future tournaments – including the upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifiers and the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup—we have reached the conclusion that, with the forgoing considered and after consulting with the basketball community, the time and chance to participate in the 2018 Asian Games would not be optimal…”

➤ SBP’s decision coincides with the recent massive suspension of the Philippine Basketball Team by FIBA due to the infamous brawl at the Bulacan Arena in the last the Asian Qualifiers. FIBA suspended 3 Australian players and 10 Filipino cagers along with 2 Pinoy coaches. Both basketball federations were also fined heftily due to the forgettable melee.

➤ GIlas Pilipinas was supposed to tap the services of NLEX coach Yeng Guiao and acquire Rain or Shine players owned by Raymund Yu and Terry Que to don the national colors. Guiao was also vocal on recruiting other PBA stars such as Paul Lee, Jeff Chan, Marcio Lassiter, Stanley Pringle and even NBA player Jordan Clarkson.

Scheduling conflict with the PBA was also the likely factor as players like Chan and Lassiter are presently playing for rivals Ginebra and San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals which begins Friday.

July 26, 2018 - Philippines

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

Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Rumble at the Arena – Australia romps over Gilas, 89-53

July 2, 2018 – Bulacan Arena

FIBA Asian Qualifiers 2018 News: Australia romped over Gilas Pilipinas, 89-53, but the highlight of the World Cup 2019 qualifier this Monday at the Bulacan Philippine Arena was the all-out bench-clearing brawl between the Aussies and Filipinos. Roger Pogoy was at the center of the melee after an offensive play altercation with Christopher James Goulding. Consequently, Daniel Kickert retaliated with a sucker elbow and decked Pogoy that resulted to the chaotic court rumble. 

James Goulding carried the Boomers with 23 points on 4 of 5 Three Point shooting (80% clip).

Andray Blatche led the losing Gilas with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

➤ The Filipinos later lost the game by default as it lost the majority of players due to ejection, and later the remaining players being disqualified due to fouls.

➤ The game was halted by the brawl in the third quarter with 04:01 remaining and Australia ahead big, 79-48. In all, nine Filipino players and four Aussies were ejected from the game. It was later continued with Pilipinas Basketball team being limited to only three players: June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood.

Fajardo was saddled with early foul trouble and was limited to only 10 points.

➤ It was revealed by Coach Chot Reyes that Daniel Kickert was taunting and physically hitting Filipino players even during the shootaround warm-up period.

➤ Australia is now up with a 5-1 win-loss slate in the first round of the Qualifiers to top Group B while the Philippine basketball team settles for second with a 4-2 record. Both teams automatically advance to the second round together with third placer Japan beginning this September.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-18, 57-32, 89-53.

australia: 89

Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Maker 8, Brandt 8, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Kay 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, McCarron 0, Cadee 0.

gilas pilipinas: 53

Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Romeo 6, Aguilar 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Wright 0, Rosario 0 .

July 3, 2018 - The Arena, Bulacan

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Gilas Pilipinas batters Chinese Taipei, 91-73

June 30, 2018 – Taiwan

Asian Qualifiers 2018: Gilas Pilipinas whacked Chinese Taipei, 91-73, in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers 2018 for the FIBA World Cup 2019 this Friday in Taiwan. June Mar Fajardo led the Filipinos with 23 buckets and 4 rebounds, while Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo contributed 15 and 14 points each.