Young cagers gathered and showcased their skills on the hardcourt as Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska went to Ateneo de Davao University, Matina campus on February 27-28 for the fourth staging of the Regional Selection Camp in Mindanao. Seven boys and four girls were selected from 543 kids who participated in this year’s program.
Alfonso Luis Candari, 13, of Ateneo de Davao; Lance Centeno, 13, of Ateneo de Davao; Joven Neil Deligero, 13, of Daniel R. Aguinaldo National Highschool; Louis Andre Joring, 13, of St. Mary’s School; Tyron Limar Langala, 14, of St. Mary’s School; Anscar Mamac, 14, of Holy Child College of Davao; and Rysan Villasenta, 13, of Holy Child College of Davao topped the boys division. Rozie Amatong, 11, of Modern International Learning Center; Aloha Marie Betanio, 12, of Malaybalay Ciity Central School; Kate Buenaventura, 13, of Ateneo de Davao; and Marcila Grace Dellosa, 14, of Bangoy National Highschool topped the girls division.The young athletes excelled in the skills stations and scrimmages and exemplified the Jr. NBA/WNBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect throughout the camp. The kids will also represent Mindanao in the Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines National Training Camp this April and will try out with top players from the four Regional Selection Camps for the chance to be named as Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines All-Star and participate in an overseas NBA experience.
The next stop of the Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines Regional Selection Camp will be in Cebu (March 5-6) followed by Manila (April 9-10). Boys and girls ages 10-14 can still register to the free youth basketball program at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.