Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas defeated Qatar, 84-46 on the road to stay alive for a slot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Andray Blatche led Philippines with 17 points along with 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in his return to Gilas after his suspension due to the Gilas-Australia brawl.

Marcio Lassiter with 14 points and was perfect 4/4 from 3. Paul Lee scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and was 3 out of 4 from the three-point line. Jayson Castro with 11 points while Japeth Aguilar contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds.

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DILIMAN College continues to fill its needs in all major positions and strengthen its line-up in time for the opening of the PBA D League on Feb. 14 at the Ynares Center.

To be handled by multi-titled coach Rensy Bajar and manager former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, the Gerry’s Grill-backed Blue Dragons will make their debut in the 12-team developmental tournament serving as a stepping ground to the PBA.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- With his team trailing by double-digits in the first quarter and looking for a spark off the bench, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton signaled for scoring savant Michael Beasley to come in off the bench.

Refs admit bad call at end of 4th in OKC-Lakers
The referees in Thursday's Lakers-Thunder game admitted they made a mistake by calling a foul on Lonzo Ball near the end of regulation.

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Gauging his talents alongside his peers, Kyles Lao believes that he has already made a good account of himself in the two-day 2018 PBA Gatorade Draft Combine.

"It was nice to see the immense level of talent in this class and I think I was able to hold my own naman," the UP guard said after participating at the event held at the Gatorade Hoops Gym in Mandaluyong City.

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DILIMAN College is one win away from winning another title -- the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL).
The Dragons displayed the heart of a champion when they needed it most to bring down Olivarez  College, 80-71, in Game 1 of their  scheduled  best-of-three title series at the Olivarez gym in Parañaque.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

NEEDING just one victory to notch another University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball title, the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles go for the closeout when they reengage the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in Game Two of their best-of-three finals series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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