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Road to FIBA World Cup

THE fourth of the six “windows” of the FIBA Basketball World Cup men’s qualifying tournaments in the four different confederations have just been completed. Only a dozen teams in each confederation, divided into two groups of six apiece, are left to contend for the 31 tickets to the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup to be […]

Letter to a son

Dear son, THIS is the time of the year that I enjoy tickling your heart with some encouraging words. How time really flies. You are now in your fourth year of high school basketball at Philadelphia High School. Yes, I get it, you have earned it through hard work and perseverance. That is not even […]

FIBA Hall of Fame for Caloy Loyzaga

I HAVE a question: How come the country’s legendary basketball great Carlos (Caloy) Loyzaga is not yet in the FIBA Hall of Fame, even on a posthumous basis? Loyzaga, a bull-strong, do-everything 6-foot-3 cager (considered a big man during his era), was a rarity in that he could play all three positions – center, forward […]

Hall of Fame

A TITLE in the college or professional level, or an Olympic gold medal, is something to crow about. Still, the highest honor that can be bestowed to a basketball player or coach, or even an official, is to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 13-member Class of 2018 – including […]

Serving FIBA suspension

THE People’s Republic of China is back on the men’s basketball throne in the Asian Games. The Chinese defeated the Islamic Republic of Iran, 84-72, in the men’s basketball gold-medal game in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang, Indonesia to get back the crown they surrendered eight years ago. China, which trailed by as much […]

Not good enough

WE did our best but our best was not good enough and here we are where we were before. The Philippines blew an eight-point lead (54-46) midway through the third quarter and struggled mightily in the payoff quarter as defending champion South Korea dominated the boards on both ends and made their much-dreaded three-point shots […]

HOOPSTER: What ‘token team’?

ON the day that 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz Oly weightlifter gifted the Philippines with its first gold medal in the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang, Indonesia, our “Token Team” in men’s basketball put together a gutsy performance before going down to a heartbreaking 82-80 defeat to mighty champion People’s […]

‘Wonder Boy’ in NBA

DID you know that much-decorated Slovenian wing Luka Doncic, whose draft rights were immediately shipped to the Dallas Mavericks after the Atlanta Hawks picked him with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2018 NBA draft, made his debut in EuroLeague competitions for Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid at the tender age of 16? The 6-foot-8, […]

Uphill climb for PH 5

IT will be an uphill climb for the Philippine men’s basketball team in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang, Indonesia slated to start this week. The Filipinos are in Group D of the four-group preliminary phase of the 14-team competitions with only three teams in participation following the 11th-hour withdrawal of Palestine. Group B also […]

Capela stays in Houston

RESTRICTED free-agent center Clint Capela will remain a Houston Rocket after signing a new five-year, $90-million contract with the Texas club. The 6-foot-10, 24-year-old native of Geneva, Switzerland has played for the Rockets in his first four NBA seasons. Last campaign, the Rockets registered the best regular record in the league with an all-time franchise […]

USA rules FIBA Under-17

THE perennial powerhouse United States snared its fifth straight title with a 95-52 shellacking of France (6-1) in the championship game of the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup held in Argentina. The Americans have not lost a game since the inaugural staging of the biennial tournament in 2010, owning a 37-game winning streak to […]

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