MANILA, Philippines – Five boys and five girls were selected as All-Stars during the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp last Sunday.
These 10 players will represent the Philippines at the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp in Jakarta, Indonesia in June, where they will also get to train with top youth players from the region.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and WNBA champion Ticha Penicheiro joined Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca and Natalia Andre and Alaska coaches Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony dela Cruz to help coach the 80 participants at the Gatorade Hoops Center and Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 18.
The players then competed in an exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.
The final day of the Jr. NBA National Training Camp hosted an exhibition game for former Jr. NBA All-Stars and was attended by notable alumni including collegiate players Thirdy Ravena and Janjan Jaboneta.
The girls selected are: Dianne Camille Nolasco from Miriam College; Karylle Sierba from Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation; Mikylla Taborada from Corpus Christi School; Justine Mhyrra Vibangco from Saint Joseph Parish School; and Princess BJ Marie Villlarin from De La Salle Zobel.
The boys selected are: Henjz Gabriel Demisana from Bacolod Tay Tung; Joshua Minguillo; Zhan Paolo Moreno from Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro; Sebastian Roy Reyes from the Nazareth School of National University; and Lionel Metthew Rubico from De La Salle Lipa.
Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska is committed to improving youth health and wellness and addressing growing inactivity by highlighting the importance of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle to participants.
Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than two million players, coaches and parents in over 190 cities and municipalities nationwide, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.).
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