FIBA OQT 2021:

Serbia survives Gilas Pilipinas scare, 83-76

June 30, 2021 – Belgrade, Serbia

Australia Boomers stops Gilas Pilipinas, 84-68
photo courtesy of FIBA

FIBA OQT News 2021: Serbia survived the gallant stand of Gilas Pilipinas, 83-76, this Wednesday at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. The game was dangerously close at crunch time as Gilas stole the lead, 73-74, with 3:50 left in the ballgame, but NBA star Boban Marjanovic’s clutch buckets towed the Serbs past the fighting Filipinos.

➤ Marjanovic powered the Serbs with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Ognjen Dobric netted 16 points – with 12 coming from three-point shots. Gilas Pilipinas, on the other hand, relied on Ange Kouame’s 17 points and 7 boards.

➤ Three Filipinos contributed double digit buckets with Jordan Heading, Kai Sotto, and Justine Baltazar netting 13, 10, and 10 respectively.

➤ Serbia led big late in the game with a 61-47 advantage in the third quarter. Gilas, however, clawed back to tie the game in the 4th with a 67-67 score. Pilipinas could have taken the game in clutch after taking the lead 73-74, but failed to capitalize due to several miscues and missed offensive attempts.

➤ Serbia led in field goals with a 54% clip, while Gilas had 47%. The Serbs also dominated in the paint with 46 points against Gilas’ 28.

➤ Pilipinas missed the services of its main star and scorer Dwight Ramos due to groin injury, while Serbia did not play Nemanja Bjelica due to a leg injury.

➤ It is worth noting that the Filipinos are bannered by collegiate and some high-school standouts with an average age of 22, while the Serbs are represented by NBA and Euro-League veterans.

➤ Serbian Pro League MVP Filip Petrusev admitted that Serbia had a hard time matching-up against the Filipinos as he stated, “(Kouame and Sotto) gave us a hard time, especially without Bjelica out there on the court. We were forced to play a bit small than usual, and they attacked us especially from the four spot. They are talented, no question – and they gave us their all.”

➤ Philippines will next battle Dominican Republic this Thursday to stay alive in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. 

Game Scores:
Quarters: 22-16, 45-34, 67-62, 83-76.

serbia nt: 83

Marjanovic 25, Dobric 16, Teodosic 13, Andjusic 12, Petrusev 8, Davidovac 5, Jovic 2, Milosavljevic 2, Avramovic 0.

gilas pilipinas: 76

Kouame 17, Heading 13, Sotto 10, Baltazar 10, Abarrientos 9, Tamayo 5, Navarro 4, Go 4, Nieto 2, Belangel 2, Chiu 0, .

Posted on June 30, 2021 - Alexander Nicolic Hall

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers:

Gilas Pilipinas repeats over South Korea, 82-77

June 20, 2021 – Clark, Pampanga

Australia Boomers stops Gilas Pilipinas, 84-68
photo courtesy of FIBA

FIBA Asia Cup News 2021: Gilas Pilipinas five repeated over defiant South Korea, 82-77, to sweep the first round of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers this Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation Gym. This is the second win of the Filipinos against South Korea after their first match last Wednesday.


➤ Dwight Ramos backstopped Gilas with 19 big buckets and 5 assists with five of nine treys made. Kai Sotto, RJ Abarrientos and Jordan Heading likewise contributed 10 points apiece to power the young Gilas squad.

➤ The Filipinos were on-fire from the rainbow country as they made 14 out of 37 three point bombs for a 38% clip. The game was close all throughout up until the last minute but the national’s firepower proved too much for the feisty Koreans.

➤ The game had some sort of personal rift as Korea’s coach Sang Hyun Cho mentioned last Wednesday that the first Gilas victory came courtesy of a “lucky” three point shot. SJ Belangel dropped that dagger trey to seal the nail-biter victory for the Pinoys. Obviously, Gilas mentor Tab Baldwin was none too happy and stated that the next game will not be as friendly.

➤ Meanwhile, South Korea relied on reinforcement Ra Guna who made 20 points and 13 boards, while Lee Hyunjung added 13 buckets and 8 rebounds.

➤ Pilipinas Basketball will reportedly face China NT in a practice game at the Clark bubble in preparation for their upcoming Serbia Olympic Qualifiers this month.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-18, 38-34, 56-54, 82-77.

gilas pilipinas: 82

Ramos 19, Sotto 10, Abarrientos 10, Heading 10, Navarro 8, Kouame 7, Baltazar 6, Belangel 6, Go 6, Nieto 6, Chiu 0, Tungcab 0.

South Korea NT: 77

Ra 20, Lee H. 13, Yang 12, Lee D. 9, Lee S. 8, Kim 8, Jeon 3, Byeon 2, Yeo 2, Ha 0, Moon 0, Kang 0.

Posted on June 20, 2021 - Angeles University Foundation Gym

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

La Salle demolishes Ayo's UST, 99-72

October 3, 2018 – MOA Arena

UAAP News 2018: De La Salle Green Archers demolished Ayo’s UST Growling Tigers, 99-72 in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 Men’s basketball this Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Justine Baltazar starred for DLSU with a double-double of 22 buckets and 10 boards, while Aljun Melecio contributed 19 markers.


Andrei Caracut also chipped-in 13 points for DLSU.

➤ Renzo Subido led the defeated UST with his 16 points and 2 rebounds, while Zach Huang also made 13 markers and 6 caroms.

➤ La Salle is now sporting a 3-2 record, while UST went down to 1-4 in UAAP Season 81.

➤ It was the first meeting between La Salle and coach Aldin Ayo after the latter left the Green Archers. La Salle lost the Season 80 championship to Ateneo after winning the trophy in 2016. DLSU is now being coached by former Ayo deputy Louie Gonzalez.

➤ The Green Archers lost several players together with Ayo to various reasons this season. Former MVP Ben Mbala left to play abroad, while Ricci Rivero, Brent Paraiso, and Prince Rivero all transferred to different UAAP teams. Meanwhile, Ayo opted to mentor the Growling Tigers for Season 81.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 28-13, 54-34, 71-51, 99-72.

la salle: 99

Baltazar 22, Melecio 19, Caracut 13, Go 11, Santillan 11, Serrano 10, Bates 6, Manuel 5, Dyke 2, Capacio 0, Corteza 0.

ust: 72

Subido 16, Lee 13, Huang 13, Caunan 8, Cansino 7, Cosejo 5, Bataller 3, Marcos 3, Zamora 2, Mahinay 2, Ando 0, Agustin 0.

Posted on October 4, 2018 - Mall of Asia Arena - Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

UP Maroons outlasts La Salle, 67-61

September 30, 2018 – MOA Arena

UAAP News 2018: UP Fighting Maroons outlasted De La Salle Green Archers, 67-61, and registered their third win in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 this Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Reinforcement Bright Akhuetie powered the Fighting Maroons with his double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Juan Gomez de Liano added 17 markers and 6 assists.


Paul Desiderio also contributed 12 buckets and 7 boards for University of the Philippines.

De La Salle University got a reprieve from Justine Baltazar, who scored 13 markers, while both Santi Santillan and Aljun Melecio added 12 points each respectively.

➤ La Salle did not have big man import Samuel Taane and star guard Kib Montalbo due to injuries. Both are out due to reported bone fracture.

UP is now at 2-3 and put a halt on their losing ways after three consecutive defeats, while DLSU is now 2-2 in the Season 81 standings.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 13-12, 29-33, 51-45, 67-61.

up: 67

Akhuetie 19, Gomez de Liano Ju. 17, Desiderio 12, Gomez de Liano Ja. 7, Manzo 6, Tungcab 2, Vito 2, Dario 2, Spencer 0, Gozum 0, Murrell 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0.

dlsu: 61

Baltazar 13, Santillan 12, Melecio 12, Caracut 9, Dyke 8, Go 5, Serrano 2, Bates 0, Capacio 0, Manuel 0, Corteza 0.

Posted on October 1, 2018 - Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team