June 14, 2019
Jr. National Basketball Association (NBA) Philippines camp participants will join the 2019 Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp on June 15 to 16 at the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Philippine contingent, composed of five boys and five girls, will compete against teams from nine countries for a spot in the Jr. NBA Global Championship slated August 6 to 11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
A total of 68 junior cagers (34 boys and 34 girls) from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam will take part in the Asia Pacific Selection Camp, which will focus on technical and tactical skills development. The event will culminate into a five-on-five tournament and the selection of the 10 boys and 10 girls who will represent the region in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.
“I’m looking forward to playing against the best players of my age from other countries,” said Zhan Paolo Moreno of Xavier University-Cagayan De Oro, one of the selected players to partake in the Asia Pacific camp.
Joining Moreno are Henjz Gabriel Demisana of Bacolod Tay Tung, Sebastian Roy Reyes of Nazareth School of National University, Lionel Matthew Rubico of De La Salle Lipa and James Yuan Ison of La Salle Greenhills.
The girls’ team is composed of Justine Mhyrra Vibanco of Saint Joseph Parish School, Dianne Camille Nolasco of Miriam College, Mikylla Taborada of Corpus Christi School and Princess BJ Marie Villarin and Kyla Marie Mataga of De La Salle Zobel.
The PH representatives were trained by Alaska Aces assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso on Wednesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong, before flying to Indonesia on Thursday.
“You can tell that they’re really excited for the trip to Indonesia. They worked hard for where they are now,” said Cariaso.
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