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Seoul Samsung acquires Justin Gutang amid rebuilding efforts

June 12, 2024
Justin Gutang will remain in Korea. After parting ways with Changwon LG, Gutang was picked up by the rebuilding Seoul Samsung Thunders. The Thunders made the announcement on Wednesday. Gutang, a 6-foot-3 winger out of the College of Saint Benilde, turned pro in 2022 after signing with the Sakers. The 27-year-old Filipino-American guard turned heads […]
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FIBA 3×3: Gilas Men rise to solo third in NL-Asia 2 after Remogat stunner vs China

June 12, 2024
Gilas Pilipinas Men rose to solo third place in the 2024 FIBA 3×3 Under-23 Nations League-Asia 2 after completing a stunning victory over China on Tuesday in Handan Shi, China. Behind Noy Remogat’s heroics, the Philippines secured a 21-19 upset over China to start the day. Remogat, a transfer to the University of the Philippines, […]
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Gilas Boys coach Josh Reyes lauds Adamson’s silver finish, upholds ASG ethos

June 11, 2024
Despite fielding a shorthanded team, Adamson University represented the country well during the 2024 ASEAN School Games, earning silver in the basketball tournament. The Baby Falcons were chosen to represent the country in the regional meet as the core of NCAA champion Letran Squires were overaged for the tournament. ASG host Vietnam implemented an under-18 […]
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Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser braces for possible full ACL tear

May 13, 2024
TNT is bracing for the worst regarding the status of Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser. Initial assessments by the team doctor indicate a full tear in his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a devastating blow for the 6-foot-6 forward. Confirmation of the injury came from team manager Jojo Lastimosa, who expressed concern over the severity of the situation. […]
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Gilas Women fall to Chinese-Tapei in FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup QF

March 31, 2024
Gilas Pilipinas Women’s journey in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup concluded on Sunday. The Philippines was overwhelmed by Chinese-Taipei, falling 19-9 in the quarterfinals at the Singapore Sports Hub in OCBC Square. Gilas, who had to navigate through the qualifying draw to reach this stage, struggled throughout the 10-minute match, managing just six points in […]
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Terrence Hill backtracks on Utah State commitment

March 31, 2024
Terrence Hill announced his decision to decommit from Division I school Utah State. The 19-year-old forward made the announcement on Saturday evening (Manila time). The 6-foot-3 talent expressed his gratitude to Utah State’s basketball recruiting staff for the opportunity they offered him. However, after careful consideration and discussions with his family, Hill ultimately decided to […]
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Australia dominates Gilas Men; Japan ends their FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup run

March 30, 2024
Gilas Pilipinas Men bowed out of the 2024 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup. The Philippines were overwhelmed by Australia, 21-13 (7:35), and Japan 22-12 (8:48), and were eliminated from contention on Saturday at the OCBC Square in Singapore. Gilas Men also failed to advance from the pool stages a year ago. Not having top 3×3 player […]
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How Aldin Ayo’s former assistant JC Nuyles turned LPU-B’s fortunes around

March 11, 2024
While Lyceum of the Philippines University has found success in the NCAA over the past decade, its sister school in Batangas has struggled to even notch wins in the UCAL. It has yet to taste a finals appearance in its first five years in the league. Something had to change. Enter, JC Nuyles – a […]
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La Salle cut Ralph Cu forever grateful to Tim Cone for opportunity of a lifetime

March 10, 2024
Ralph Cu has had a memorable year so far. To kick off the year, Tim Cone, his head coach in Ginebra, made him part of Gilas Pilipinas’ bubble training at Inspire Sports Academy, serving as a practice player. In the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the 6-foot-4 winger has started both of the Gin Kings’ games, […]
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NCAA proposes shortened residency period for transferees from non-member schools

February 7, 2024
The NCAA is proposing a reduction in the residency period for transferees from non-member schools. Currently in its proposal stages, the Grand Old League’s management committee is working on reducing the residency period for transfers from leagues like the UAAP, UCAL, CESAFI, and NAASCU. Instead of sitting out a full academic year, transferees will only […]
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Peter Rosillo transfers from Mapua to Letran

February 5, 2024
The rebuild of Colegio de San Juan de Letran continues. Hours after securing the commitment of Mark Omega, the Knights have also secured the transfer of one of the breakout stars of the NCAA last season Peter Rosillo, Tiebreaker Times has learned on Monday evening. Rosillo, a product of the Adamson Baby Falcons program, was […]
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Umali heads to CSB; Omega comes home to Letran

February 5, 2024
The reunion of two Squires will not push through. Shawn Umali has decided to transfer to College of Saint Benilde, while Mark Omega will head home to Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Both made their commitments to their new schools on Monday. Umali, a burly 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 11.0 points, 6.12 rebounds, 2.65 assists, […]
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James Payosing makes San Beda return official

February 5, 2024
Despite attracting numerous offers, James Payosing has chosen to stay home. The NCAA Season 99 Seniors Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player has enrolled for the second semester at San Beda University, indicating his decision to remain a Red Lion. Red Lions team manager Jude Roque confirmed this development to Tiebreaker Times. Familiarity with San Beda […]
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Cone assures Quiambao: ‘You are going to play one, two, three, or four’

February 1, 2024
The blessings continued for Kevin Quiambao moments after Strong Group Athletics finished second in the 33rd Dubai International Basketball Championship. The reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player and all-Dubai Tournament member was named as one of the 12 players who will be part of Tim Cone’s Gilas Pilipinas pool for this Olympic cycle. Having young guns […]
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Tim Cone envisions short prep time for compact Gilas pool

February 1, 2024
When Tim Cone applied for the position of Gilas Pilipinas head coach, he had a specific vision in mind, ultimately making him the choice to succeed Chot Reyes, as revealed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). “All the stars had to align but first off, they had to like me. I had to walk […]
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PBA finds new home with RPTV

February 1, 2024
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has found a new home on RPTV Channel 9. The move comes as part of a collaboration with TV5, which officially launched RPTV on Thursday morning. RPTV is set to become the new free-to-air home for PBA fans, providing live coverage of all PBA games, including the 3×3 competitions, D-League […]
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UAE expresses interest in naturalizing Kevin Quiambao

January 22, 2024
Kevin Quiambao is demonstrating that he is on par with the continent’s best players. In the ongoing 33rd Dubai International Basketball Championship, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player is averaging 18.67 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, helping Strong Group Athletics maintain a 3-0 record. With his string of stellar performances, the 6-foot-6 […]
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Olsen brings in Richard del Rosario to Perps staff

January 22, 2024
Olsen Racela will bring a familiar face to be his lead deputy at University of Perpetual Help System DALTA. The former FEU Tamaraws head coach has enlisted Richard del Rosario as his lead deputy for the upcoming NCAA Season 100 tournament. Racela and Del Rosario also collaborate as assistants to Tim Cone in Ginebra San […]
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Two new schools, innovative format, more events in store for UCAL

January 15, 2024
The fastest-growing collegiate league in the country is set to expand even further for its sixth season. No longer exclusively focused on basketball, the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) will drop the ‘B’ and will now be recognized as the UCAL, with the ‘A’ representing Athletic. Supported by PG Flex, Angel’s Pizza, Team Rebel […]
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How Dwight Ramos helped facilitate Kianna Dy’s move to PLDT

January 14, 2024
The sight of Kim Kianna Dy no longer donning F2 Logistics’ yellow and gold came as an unexpected turn of events. When F2 decided to disband the Cargo Movers, Dy and the team found themselves in search of a new home. Dy, the inaugural PNVF Champions League Most Valuable Player, became one of the most […]
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B.League: Dwight Ramos registers 1000th point in Hokkaido win over ex-team Toyama

December 30, 2023
Dwight Ramos achieved a significant milestone on Saturday as the 6-foot-4 forward scored his 1,000th point in the B.League during Hokkaido’s commanding 87-65 victory over his former team, Toyama, at Hokkai Kita-yale. Ramos reached this milestone with 3:24 remaining in the second quarter, converting a layup that extended Levanga’s lead to 42-28 over the Grouses. […]
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B.League: Kai Sotto logs 12 mins in first game with Yokohama

December 30, 2023
In his first game since the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Kai Sotto played limited minutes. The newly-acquired big man for Yokohama played 12 minutes in the B-Corsairs’ 73-72 escape against the Seahorses Mikawa in the 2023-24 B.League season on Saturday at Yokohama International Pool. Sotto, who was loaned to Yokohama by Hiroshima, tallied four […]
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KBL slaps P128K fine on Onuaku for ‘dangerous foul’ on Abando

December 30, 2023
The Korean Basketball League has imposed a substantial fine on Goyang Sono’s import Chinanu Onuaku for the ‘dangerous act’ he committed against Rhenz Abando, leading to the latter fracturing multiple vertebrae, a sprained wrist, and a concussion. Onuaku has been fined W3,000,000 (P128,386.36) following a review of the incident that occurred during the December 28 […]
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Rhenz Abando suffers concussion, fractured lower back bones

December 29, 2023
Rhenz Abando will be out for a while for Anyang Jung Kwan Jang, the defending KBL champions. The Asian import suffered fractures to his 3rd and 4th lumbar vertebrae, a sprained wrist, and a concussion during the Red Boosters’ game against the Goyang Sono Skygunners. The injury occurred with 4:24 left in the second quarter […]
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Lopez, Cansino personally apologize to carnival worker

December 29, 2023
CJ Cansino and Francis Lopez personally extended their apologies to Jomari Aquino, the employee at the Horror Train of the Subic Fiesta Carnival. The apologies came in the wake of an unfortunate incident during the UP Fighting Maroons’ recent visit to the Subic Bay Freeport, where Lopez was captured on video attempting to remove Aquino’s […]
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Mike Nieto scores big with engagement to long-time love

December 27, 2023
Wednesday evening marked a significant moment in the life of Mike Nieto, as he successfully proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Aimee Lontok, at their favorite restaurant, Fatseed in Uptown Center. Nieto left no room for doubt as he reserved the entire restaurant for the romantic occasion, creating an intimate and unforgettable atmosphere for the special […]
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EASL: Seoul SK makes great escape of Meralco for share of 2nd

December 27, 2023
Seoul SK averted a meltdown on Wednesday evening, escaping Meralco, 81-80, to rise for a share of second in the 2023-24 East Asia Super League season at Philsports Arena in Pasig. Up by as much as 12 points, 74-62, early in the final frame, the Bolts stormed back with a silent yet exhilarating rally to […]
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Alex Cabagnot replaces Josh Torralba as Goyang Sono import

December 18, 2023
Alex Cabagnot is heading to Korea. Goyang Sono announced on Monday that it has signed the nine-time PBA champion coach for the rest of the 2023-24 Korean Basketball League season. He replaced Joshua Torralba, who suffered a thigh injury and will soon have surgery. Cabagnot, 41, last played for Terrafirma back in the 2023 PBA […]
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NLEX taps Jong Uichico as lead assistant, locks Robert Bolick for three years

December 17, 2023
NLEX made some big moves over the weekend. The Road Warriors, led by team governor Ronald Dulatre, brought decorated head coach Jong Uichico in as lead assistant while signing Robert Bolick to a three-year deal. “There’s so much value in having a seasoned coach like Jong Uichico joining the Road Warriors,” said Dulatre about Uichico. […]
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Kayla Sanchez granted exemption by IOC, clears path to rep PH in Olympics

November 30, 2023
Kayla Sanchez has been granted a special exemption by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), waiving the standard three-year waiting period for switching federations. This crucial decision opens the door for Sanchez to proudly represent the Philippines in the upcoming Paris Summer Olympics in 2024, pending qualification. The approval of this exemption marks the final hurdle […]
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Meralco taps ex-Piston Zach Lofton as second import for EASL

November 9, 2023
Meralco has signed Zach Lofton as its second import for its East Asia Super League campaign, as announced by Lofton’s agency, PSB SPORTS. Initially, Prince Ibeh was reported to serve as the Bolts’ second import, but evidently, they had a change of heart. Instead, they have secured the services of a guard with an impressive […]
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On eve of PBA return, Tallo expresses gratitude to Chooks for giving confidence back

November 7, 2023
Mac Tallo’s return to the Philippine Basketball Association wasn’t as smooth as he had hoped. Unbeknownst to him and Converge, the 29-year-old guard from Cebu had an outstanding penalty to serve after being released by NLEX in 2019. During that time, Tallo had tested positive for a banned substance and was supposed to serve a […]
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