MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Oct. 14, 2016 – The 2016 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines All-Stars had an unforgettable NBA experience in Shanghai, China from October 7 to 10 with fellow Jr. NBA standouts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia played exhibition games with their peers, engaged with NBA Legend Vin Baker and toured famous landmarks including the Bund, Yu Garden, and Nanjing Road. To culminate their Jr. NBA experience, the group watched the NBA Global Games Shanghai at the Mercedes Benz Arena featuring the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Ten Jr. NBA All-Stars and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars bested their peers during the National Training Camp and represented the Philippines in the NBA experience trip:
- Fritz Felix Valencia - Taytung High School
- Harold Alarcon - Taytung High School
- Andrei Philip Lechoncito - St. John’s Institute
- Tracy Carl Dadang - University of San Carlos
- Ric Ozner Gatuz - Cherished Moment School
- Jearico Nuñez _ University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA
- Miguel Roy Luis Tan - Xavier School
- Julian Alfonso Jugo (La Salle Green Hills)
- Isaiah Miguel Blanco - La Salle Green Hills
- Florence Jill Talas - Abellana National High School in Cebu
- Rozie Amatong - Modern International Learning Center in Davao
- Aloha Marie Betanio - Corpus Christi School in Malaybalay, Bukidnon
- Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino - Dalig National High School in Antipolo
- Carly Monreal - De La Salle-Zobel
The young cagers were accompanied by Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Elegino Chollo of Ateneo de Davao and Jr. WNBA Coach of The Year Ewon Arayi of Magis Academy who coached the Jr. NBA All-Stars during the friendly competitions.
“It was a great opportunity to experience people from different walks of life and learn about their culture. We started off as teams on the court but easily became family. I will definitely cherish the lifetime friendships I’ve formed during this trip.” ~Isaiah Blanco, Jr. NBA All-Star
Jr. NBA Philippines is entering its tenth consecutive edition in 2017. The League’s grassroots participation program for boys and girls teaches fundamental skills and the core values of basketball to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.
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