Rubio in action for the Timberwolves

Spain's point guard Ricky Rubio has strongly criticised the world basketball governing body FIBA for its decision to exclude Spain from the Olympic Games.

FIBA announced in April that Spain was among several countries that have been suspended from the 2016 Games as a result of a conflict between FIBA and the EuroLeague, which the former wants to replace with a different competition, reports Xinhua.

The decision will deprive Rio of some of the best teams in the world, while the Spanish, who are reigning European champions, will be denied the chance to compete for a medal after winning silver in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.

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Ray Parks Jr. in a Texas Legends jersey. Photo from Texas Legends Twitter account.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Saturday released its 24-man pool for the Olympic qualifying tournament that will be submitted to Fiba next week.

And of the 24 players, one name stood out from the list in Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

“No expectations. He’s a real fine basketball player,” said Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin on Parks’ inclusion to the pool following Ateneo’s 93-91 loss to University of the East at the start of the 10th Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.

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Ray-Ray Parks named to Gilas 24 (April 30, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Bobby Ray Parks. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines - Two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks has been named to the Gilas 24-man lineup that will be submitted to FIBA as a requirement for the Olympic qualifying tournament at the MOA Arena on July 5-10.

SBP deputy executive director for international affairs Butch Antonio said yesterday the deadline to turn in a hard copy of the 24-man roster falls on Wednesday, May 4. The next deadline is on June 20 when teams are required to submit a “short list” of 12 to 16 players. The third deadline is on June 27 when the final 12-man cast will be sent. Only the players from the 24-man roster may be included in the lineups for June 20 and 27.

FIBA may allow a few changes in the final 12-man team during the managers’ meeting on the day before the tournament starts but it will depend on the reason for each switch. If the reason is a player is unable to play because of injury, FIBA may permit a change. A fee of $2,000 is usually assessed for every player replacement. Allowing a late change is discretionary on FIBA’s part. Any player change on the eve of the tournament will come only from the 24-man list.

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International Basketball

The Philippine national under-18 team, also known as Batang Gilas Pilipinas, manhandled Thailand by 36 points to snare the 2016 SEABA Under-18 title late Thursday in Medan, Indonesia.

Joshua Sinclair and Gian Mamuyac led the Filipinos to an 86-49 win over the Thais to sweep all their six games in the tournament.

Sinclair scored 15 points, while Mamuyac added 14 points. John Bahio provided back up with his 12 points and 13 rebounds.

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Road to Rio ‘test of manhood’ for Gilas Pilipinas (April 29, 2016)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

Booking a ticket to the Rio Olympics could be the greatest challenge yet for the country’s men’s national basketball team under its current program and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan knows the kind of task that lies ahead.

“It’s a test of manhood,” Pangilinan told reporters on Wednesday night following the Meralco Bolts’ comeback win over the Alaska Aces in Game 2 of their semifinals series.

“I mean, those are NBA-type teams,” Pangilinan, the top Philippine sports patron, said as he pondered on the kind of competition Gilas Pilipinas will be facing in the Manila qualifiers this July. “I think Canada has eight to nine NBA [players].”

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International Basketball

The Philippine national youth basketball team completed a sweep of the tournament after clinching an 86-49 rout of Thailand in the championship game of the 2016 SEABA Under-18 Championship on Thursday in Medan, Indonesia.

Joshua Sinclair led the way with 15 points while Gian Mamuyac added 14 to lead Batang Gilas to the SEABA crown.

John Bryle Bahio had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Jonas Tibayan and Evan Nelle each chipped in with 11 markers.

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International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national under-18 team overwhelmed Indonesia, 113-73, to advance to the Finals of the 2016 SEABA Under-18 Championship at the Angkasapura Lanud Hall in Medan, Indonesia on Wednesday.

It was Batang Gilas' fifth win in a row in the tournament, which serves as a qualifier to the FIBA Asia U18 championship in July.

Joshua Sinclair came off the bench to score 25 points and grab 10 rebounds for Batang Gilas, continuing his impressive run in the tournament. Jolo Mendoza had 14 points as well as the Filipino youngsters shot 58% from the field.

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