Jayson William (Castro) of the Philippines (FIBA.com photo)

Gilas Pilipinas: Jayson Castro hints at ending national team service

“Nagkausap na kami ni Coach Yeng (Guiao) and then even yung (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas), at tsaka boss (Manny V. Pangilinan) and then buong coaching staff, alam na yung situation ko. Sabi ko I want to focus muna sa family ko kasi almost seven years na non-stop basketball,” – Jayson Castro #FIBA #GilasPilipinas

Kai Sotto (FIBA.com photo)

FIBA U19: Kai Sotto, AJ EdU banner Philippine team

According to a statement released by EastWest Private, a United States-based sports and entertainment management company, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) assisted Sotto and his family so they could make the trip back home. #GilasPilipinas

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Kings of the Court, ZAMST PH fuel 3X3 fever

Spicing up the event with some hip-hop flair was “Mr. Pinoy Hoops” himself, Mike Swift – a FIBA ambassador for 3×3 basketball. The celebrated rapper was behind the microphone for a handful of matches, urging the crowd to get louder with every highlight-reel play dished out by the competitors.

Jordan Clarkson [photo: Commons Wikimedia/Mark Schierbecker]

SBP fails to secure clearance for Jordan Clarkson

The SBP were unable to beat the deadline to secure the necessary papers for Jordan Clarkson, meaning that the Gilas Pilipinas quintet will have to go through the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship with practically the same team they had in the 37th William Jones Cup.