Following the USA Basketball Team at RIO. Watch the Game Highlights

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After the first two blowout games of team USA against China and Venezuela, the Americans had a hard time against Australia and a close call against Serbia, to remain undefeated in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Following the USA Basketball Team at RIO

USA 199 China 62

Kevin Durant led team USA with 25 points while DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 5 rebounds to give team USA its 17th consecutive win under coach Krzyzewski. Yi Jianlian led China with 25 points.


USA 113 Venezuela 69

Paul George with 20 points, Jimmy Butler with 17 and Kevin Durant scored 16 points for team USA.

Watch highlights of USA vs Venezuela here: USA vs Venezuela Highlights


USA 98 Australia 88

The USA captain and 4-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony led the Americans with 31 points, including 9 three pointers and 8 rebounds. Kyrie Irvings three pointer in the final minutes was decisive. Patty Mills scored 30 points for Australia.

Watch highlights of USA vs Australia here: USA vs Australia Highlights


USA 94 Serbia 91

USA survived its first meeting against Serbia in the Olympics. Irving with 15 points, Jordan 13, Durant, Anthony and George with 12 points each to give USA its 3 point victory against the tough Serbian team. Jokic with 25 points and Teodosic with 18 points for Serbia.

Watch highlights of USA vs Serbia here: USA vs Serbia Highlights


France’s Evan Fournier is in PH Shooting Hoops

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Evan Fournier, a member of the French national basketball team is in the country. He posted photos of him in his instagram shooting hoops in Coron Palawan.

  “It’s practice time in #Palawan #Philippines” 
“First day and already back in the court”

Fournier, Orlando Magic guard, is expected to represent France in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Mall of Asia Arena this july. Gilas Pilipinas will battle Fance in the 1st day of the tournament.

Warriors Beat Spurs

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The chase to 73 is alive! The Golden State Warriors has kept their bid for their 73 win record run alive, as the NBA defending champs beat the San Antonio Spurs, 92-86, at their home turf for their 72nd win. The Warrios now have a 72-9 season standing, tied with the ’96 Chicago Bulls’ record finish of 72-10.
The Warriors have a chance to break the Bulls’ record if they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in their season finale.

San Antonio spurs suffered their first home-game loss this season. They now have a 65-15 season standing and fell 40-1 at home. The spurs have a chance to tie the ’86 Boston Celtics’ 40-1 home record, if they beat the OKC Thunders in their final game at home this season.

The Warriors will face the Grizzlies on April 13.

Watch: Bobby Ray Parks Score a New Career High 16 Points

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Manila, Philippines – Bobby Ray Parks continues to improve in the NBA D-League, scoring a new career high 16 points as the Texas Legends defeated the Oklahoma City Blue with a 139-109 outing.

The 23 year old Filipino-American finished the game with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 24 quality minutes.

Watch Ray Parks’ highlights, including a dunk in the final minutes of the game, here:

Gilas Will be Facing Powerhouse France!

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Check out the FIBA OQT draw results


Gilas will be facing France and New Zealand in group B, and teams from Turkey, Senegal and Canada from group A. France is ranked #5, the highest among 18 teams in OQTs, and is expected to be studded with NBA stars like Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum.
Go Gilas Pilipinas! Puso!

Philippines will be hosting the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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It will be another great year for Philippine Basketball, as the country prepares for the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Phillipines has been selected by FIBA as one of the 3 countries that will host the 2016 OQT. It will be held on July 4 – 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The other two host countries are Italy and Serbia. FIBA announced #‎FIBAOQT‬ hosts for the ‪#‎RoadToRio‬ last tuesday, January 19, 2016. 
Gilas Pilipinas will face five of these teams in Manila: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Angola, Tunisia, Senegal, New Zealand, Iran, Japan, Latvia, Croatia and Turkey. 
The draw for the team grouping will be on January 26, 2016. 

Preparing Gilas, The Philippine National Pool

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Now that the PBA season is over, National Coach, Tab Baldwin is now working with the PBA for the formation of the national pool to conquer the 2015 FIBA Asia Championsip on September 23 to Oct 3 in Changsha, China.
The American-New Zealander coach has two months to prepare Gilas for the 2015 FIBA Asia championship where the winner gains automatic berth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Baldwin is expected to announce the members of the national pool before the month ends. Gilas is set to start training on august 1, when naturalized player Andray Blatche is set to arrive in the Philippines to join Gilas.
Players who are likely to be included in the list are two-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, guards Jayson Castro and Paul Lee, forward Ranidel de Ocampo and Ginebra bigman Greg Slaughter. Players from Blackwater, KIA and NLEX are unlikely to join the pool since these teams will not be touched by Baldwin.