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Despite having only 10 players available for its game against India, Gilas Pilipinas nonetheless took care of business via 79-63 rout of the visitors, Sunday night in 3rd window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asia Qualifiers at the SM MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Dwight Ramos led the charge for the Philippine national basketball team with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a game-high 4 steals in 29 minutes of action.

“It was an important game for us. We needed to win. We had a tough trip in New Zealand. The way we got there, it was very difficult to play that game because of the level of the opposition,” said Gilas head coach Nenad Vucinic.

“We were all disappointed with the performance and we needed to bounce back. I want to congratulate the players on getting a good win,” he added.

“I think our defense in the first half was very good. We created a lot of turnovers for India and that set us up.”

Veteran guard Kiefer Ravena added 12 points while William Navarro chipped in 11. Carl Tamayo contributed 9 markers while Kevin Quiambao and Francis Lopez both finished with 6.

Geo Chiu paced the team in rebounds with 11 in addition to 5 points and 3 assists.

Both squads, along with New Zealand, will be part of Group E together with Lebanon (4-1), Saudi Arabia (3-2), and Jordan (3-2) for the 4th window of which is scheduled on August 25-29, 2022.


Despite having only 10 players available for its game against India, Gilas Pilipinas nonetheless took care of business via 79-63 rout of the visitors, Sunday night in 3rd window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asia Qualifiers at the SM MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Dwight Ramos led the charge for the Philippine national basketball team with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a game-high 4 steals in 29 minutes of action.

“It was an important game for us. We needed to win. We had a tough trip in New Zealand. The way we got there, it was very difficult to play that game because of the level of the opposition,” said Gilas head coach Nenad Vucinic.

“We were all disappointed with the performance and we needed to bounce back. I want to congratulate the players on getting a good win,” he added.

“I think our defense in the first half was very good. We created a lot of turnovers for India and that set us up.”

Veteran guard Kiefer Ravena added 12 points while William Navarro chipped in 11. Carl Tamayo contributed 9 markers while Kevin Quiambao and Francis Lopez both finished with 6.

Geo Chiu paced the team in rebounds with 11 in addition to 5 points and 3 assists.

Both squads, along with New Zealand, will be part of Group E together with Lebanon (4-1), Saudi Arabia (3-2), and Jordan (3-2) for the 4th window of which is scheduled on August 25-29, 2022.

The scores:

Philippines 79 – Ramos 21, Ravena 12, Navarro 11, Tamayo 9, Quiambao 6, Lopez 6, Chiu 5, Abarrientos 5, Belangel 2, Abando 2.

India 63 – Hafeez 13, Sekhon 12, Muthu Krishnan 12, Bhriguvanshi 8, Rawat 7, Goti 7, Aryan 2, Prince 2, Nayak 0, Tomar 0.

Quarterscores: 21-10, 45-24, 65-44, 79-63.


The Philippines hope to take advantage of their home matchup with India and close Window 3 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers on a strong note.

The game will be played in Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines.

The Philippines had a comfortable 88-64 win in these two teams’ first meeting, and coach Nenad Vucinic’s wards are expected to record another win on 3 July. That will be easier said than done given how he will likely have just ten healthy players against a bigger and upset-conscious India.

Still, the Filipinos’ depth and homecourt edge should come through and lift them to win number two.

With both Thirdy Ravena and Carl Tamayo unable to suit up for this game, much of the Filipinos’ scoring load will fall on the shoulders of Dwight Ramos. The 6’4 wingman had 17 points the last time they faced India, and he can surely replicate that once more.

India will try to bother Ramos with their length, but the 23-year-old has enough skill to find a way around anything India will throw at him.

Kiefer Ravena struggled against New Zealand, but he should have a much better outing here against the Indians. Ravena likely won’t score a ton, but his court vision will be crucial in finding his teammates for easy scoring opportunities.


Gilas Pilipinas had no answer for New Zealand’s suffocating defense and absorbed a 46-point beating, 106-60, Thursday in the 3rd window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Struggling to put the ball in the hole, the Filipino ballers went down by 13 early in the match, 23-10, and never recovered. The Tall Blacks continued with their onslaught and brought a 26-point lead at the halftime break, 47-21.

Carl Tamayo led the young Gilas squad with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of action.

“Very tough night for this young team. We came across a Tall Blacks team that is playing with high intensity and very good execution,” said Gilas head coach Nenad Vucinic.

We struggled to contain them in that part of the game — physicality, intensity, and speed. And we struggled offensively to get things going,” he added.

“It is a good thing for the young players to understand at what level we need to be in for high level international basketball. Tall Blacks have dominated us in all aspects of the game and it will help us to get better in the future.”

Dwight Ramos led the team in rebounds with 9 but could only muster 6 points on a horrendous 2-of-11 shooting from the field. Rhez Abando added 11 markers while Francis Lopez finished with 8. Team captain Keifer Ravena chipped in 6 on 3-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes of play.

The Philippines dropped to 1-2 in the group standings after the lopsided loss but is still assured of a spot in the next round following the disqualification of Korea.

Gilas now heads home and will end the first round against India on Sunday, July 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


Gilas Pilipinas had no answer for New Zealand’s suffocating defense and absorbed a 46-point beating, 106-60, Thursday in the 3rd window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Struggling to put the ball in the hole, the Filipino ballers went down by 13 early in the match, 23-10, and never recovered. The Tall Blacks continued with their onslaught and brought a 26-point lead at the halftime break, 47-21.

Carl Tamayo led the young Gilas squad with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of action.

“Very tough night for this young team. We came across a Tall Blacks team that is playing with high intensity and very good execution,” said Gilas head coach Nenad Vucinic.

We struggled to contain them in that part of the game — physicality, intensity, and speed. And we struggled offensively to get things going,” he added.

“It is a good thing for the young players to understand at what level we need to be in for high level international basketball. Tall Blacks have dominated us in all aspects of the game and it will help us to get better in the future.”

Dwight Ramos led the team in rebounds with 9 but could only muster 6 points on a horrendous 2-of-11 shooting from the field. Rhez Abando added 11 markers while Francis Lopez finished with 8. Team captain Keifer Ravena chipped in 6 on 3-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes of play.

The Philippines dropped to 1-2 in the group standings after the lopsided loss but is still assured of a spot in the next round following the disqualification of Korea.

Gilas now heads home and will end the first round against India on Sunday, July 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

New Zealand 106 — Prewster 15, Delany 14, Ngatai 12, Rusbatch 12, Webster 11, Ili 10, Vodanovich 8, Britt 7, Cameron 6, Smith-Milner 5, Timmins 4, Harris 2.

Philippines 60 — Tamayo 16, Abando 11, Lopez 8, Ramos 6, Ravena 6, Quiambao 4, Belangel 3, Chiu 2, Navarro 2, Abarrientos 2, Ildefonso 0.

Quarterscores: 23-13, 47-21, 73-43, 106-60.


Gilas Pilipinas had no answer for New Zealand’s suffocating defense and absorbed a 46-point beating, 106-60, Thursday in the 3rd window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Struggling to put the ball in the hole, the Filipino ballers went down by 13 early in the match, 23-10, and never recovered. The Tall Blacks continued with their onslaught and brought a 26-point lead at the halftime break, 47-21.

Carl Tamayo led the young Gilas squad with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of action.

“Very tough night for this young team. We came across a Tall Blacks team that is playing with high intensity and very good execution,” said Gilas head coach Nenad Vucinic.

We struggled to contain them in that part of the game — physicality, intensity, and speed. And we struggled offensively to get things going,” he added.

“It is a good thing for the young players to understand at what level we need to be in for high level international basketball. Tall Blacks have dominated us in all aspects of the game and it will help us to get better in the future.”

Dwight Ramos led the team in rebounds with 9 but could only muster 6 points on a horrendous 2-of-11 shooting from the field. Rhez Abando added 11 markers while Francis Lopez finished with 8. Team captain Keifer Ravena chipped in 6 on 3-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes of play.

The Philippines dropped to 1-2 in the group standings after the lopsided loss but is still assured of a spot in the next round following the disqualification of Korea.

Gilas now heads home and will end the first round against India on Sunday, July 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


Kiefer Ravena and Rhenz Abando will banner Gilas Pilipinas’ 11-man roster for the upcoming 3rd window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Saturday announced the final composition of the team that will take on New Zealand on June 30 at the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland, and then India on July 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Aside from the veteran guard and NCAA Season 97 MVP, also included in the line-up are RJ Abarrientos, SJ Belangel, Geo Chiu, Dave Ildefonso, Francis Lopez, William Navarro, Kevin Quiambao, Dwight Ramos and Carl Tamayo.

Naturalized player Angelo Kouame has been ruled out of the tournament due to meniscal sprain and a partial ACL tear.

Gilas currently has a 1-1 record in Group A after beating India then losing to New Zealand last February.

All three teams, however, are already assured of a spot in the next round after South Korea’s disqualification.

Nenad Vučinić will call the shots for the national team as head coach Chot Reyes is still attending to his other duty as mentor of TNT Tropang Giga in the ongoing PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup.


Chot Reyes has added Tim Cone to the coaching staff of Gilas Pilipinas.

Reyes, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program director and concurrent national team coach, has enlisted the services of the PBA’s most successful bench tactician in preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup which will be co-hosted by the country along with Japan and Indonesia. The world basketball championship will feature 32 national teams and is scheduled to run from August 25 to September 10, 2023.

“He wants to help. He just wants to help. I think he will also bring great value to the coaching staff as well,” said Reyes who was just recently awarded by the PBA Press Corps as the Coach of the Year for Season 46. “Well, like I said, I’m here to form the best team possible. Not just the players but also the coaches.”

“Before we got Nacho Lezcano, Norman Black, and Tab Baldwin and that is one of our secrets during the World Cup. Now we have Tim Cone, Goldwin, Jong Uichico, and Nenad Vucinic,” he added.

At this point it is still unclear, however, what Cone’s capacity is and when he’ll come onboard.

Gilas will play in the third window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers set this June 30 in Auckland and July 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The announcement came just hours after Reyes arrived at the Hotel Novotel Manila Araneta for the PBA Press Corps awarding ceremony together with SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua and San Miguel team governor Robert Non.

Cone was at the helm of the Gilas team which captured the Gold medal in the 30th SEA Games.


Six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo will render another tour of duty with Team Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games, leading eight PBA players in the national quintet in the Hanoi joust set to officially open on May 12.

Other PBA stalwarts at coach Chot Reyes’ disposal for the 31st SEAG campaign are San Miguel’s Moala Tautuaa, NLEX’s Kevin Alas, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright, Terrafirma’s Isaac Go and TNT Tropang Giga’s Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy and Kib Montalbo.

Kiefer Ravena, an NLEX star on leave of absence, is part of the team along with Gilas cadets Francis Leo Lopez, William Navarro and Thirdy Ravena.

Reyes and his crew chase a 19th gold medal for the Philippines in the men’s basketball competition in the Hanoi meet slated May 16 to 22.

Meanwhile, Jorey Napoles, Marvin Hayes, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and Reymar Caduyac, a PBA 3×3 champion team, fly the Phl flag in the Hanoi Games three-a-side competition, looking to defend the crown won by CJ Perez, Chris Newsome, Jason Perkins and Tautuaa in 2019 in Manila.

In 5×5, PBA players returning from their 2019 duties are Ravena, Fajardo, Rosario and Wright.

Before regular packed crowds at the MOA Arena then, coach Tim Cone and his Nationals completely dominated the opposition en route to claiming a 13th straight championship for the Philippine since a debacle in Kuala Lumpur in 1989.


Kai Sotto proceeded to take part in team workouts ahead of the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft which is scheduled on Thursday, June 23.

The 20-year old center out of Ateneo de Manila worked out for the Sacramento Kings after an ankle injury sidelined him the past week.

The Kings on Wednesday (Thursday morning in Manila) posted a video on their Youtube channel of Sotto working out along with other prospects.

Former Gilas Pilipinas guard and current Stockton Kings assistant coach Jimmy Alapag posted a photo of himself together with the 7-foot-2 Pinoy prodigy.

“Great to see Kai here in Sacramento! Best of luck on your journey to the NBA!,” wrote Alapag.

“The entire country and I are rooting for you!! Keep working!!,” he added.

Prior to his pre-draft workout with the Kings, Sotto had previously worked out for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Orlando Magic.

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