Gilas Women fell short in advancing to Division A of the U16 Asian Championship

The Philippine women’s basketball team dominated the group phase of the FIBA Women’s Under-16 Asian Championship but was stunned in the semifinals by Samoa which they beat in the group phase. The Samoans took the top spot.

Gilas Pilipinas

Gilas settled for bronze in FIBA Women’s U16 Asian Championship – Division B. Philippine women’s basketball team avenged its lone loss in the tournament by dominating Lebanon in the bronze medal match of 2022 FIBA Women’s Under-16 Asian Championship – Division B. Gabby Ramos and Kristan Yumul scored 20 points apiece while Naomi Panganiban added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Gilas Women went undefeated in the group phase after winning over Indonesia, Syria, and Samoa by an average margin of 23.7 points but lost against Samoa in the semifinals, 65-94.


New Zealand dominated Group A of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Philippine men’s basketball team suffered a 106-60 loss against New Zealand. The Tall Blacks swept the four games in the group and won all games with double-digit margins. All countries in Group A—New Zealand, Philippines, and India—will advance to the next round due to the disqualification of South Korea. For Gilas Men, Carl Tamayo and Rhenz Abando top-scored with 16 and 11 respectively while six players from New Zealand scored in double-digits.

Philippine Basketball Association

Williams led TNT to two wins. On Wednesday, TNT’s Mikey Williams outplayed Jamie Malonzo in a victory over NorthPort, 117-112. Reigning Rookie of the Year had a 27-point and 7-rebound performance and RR Pogoy added 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Tropang Giga. Malonzo scored 27 in a losing effort with the Batang Pier. Two days after, Williams torched the Terrafirma with 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists in a 114-86 win.

Oftana saved NLEX against Phoenix. NLEX outplayed Phoenix Super LPG in an overtime victory, 114-108. Calvin Oftana led the Road Warriors with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists while Kevin Alas added 18 points and 7 assists.

EASL groupings. The groups in the inaugural season of the East Asia Super League have been finalized. The PBA 2022 All-Filipino Cup champion will be in Group A and will play against Anyang KGC of the Korean Basketball League, Ryukyu Golden Kings of the Japan B.League, and P.League+ champion Taipei Fubon Braves. In Group B will be the PBA 2022 All-Filipino Cup runner-up with KBL champion Seoul SK Knights, B.League champion Utsonomiya Brex, and the Greater China representative Bay Area Dragons. Each team will play home-and-away games within the group and the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals. The champion in EASL will win the inaugural title and the USD 1,000,000 prize money.


Collegiate players in AVC. National University’s core will lead the Philippine women’s volleyball team in the upcoming 2022 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup. The professional players—who represented the country in the 31st Southeast Asian Games—will be unavailable for the event due to commitment to Premier Volleyball League.


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