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Baguio kids, Biñan lad earn seats to Jr. NBA national camp

By Dugout Philippines

BAGUIO--After two days of progressive drills and scrimmages, six boys and two girls topped the first Regional Selection Camp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska held Feb. 20-21 at Benguet State University.

Jan Zyrus de Ayre, Ric Ozner Joshua Gatuz, Vincent Mabiwo, Emmanuel James Macaranas, Sergz Quitaleg, and Wrench Mason Roquid, who came all the way from Biñan, ruled the boys division, while Katreena Areola and Rae Jemima Caba, 13 are the girls who will represent North Luzon to the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines National Training Camp this April.

These eight young ballers stood out from among the 667 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA participants from the Cordillera Administrative Region and young players from Batangas and Laguna in South Luzon who traveled to Benguet for the opportunity to be selected for advancement to the next stages of the NBA’s global youth basketball participation program.

The finalists excelled in the skills stations and scrimmages and exemplified the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect throughout the camp.

The Jr. NBA committee headed by Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Coach Craig Brown evaluated the regional finalists.

“I think everyone’s performance was outstanding and everyone had a positive attitude. I applaud the North Luzon participants for coming out and giving their best. They will perform very well in the National Training Camp,” said Coach Brown.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 2016 Regional Selection Camp’s next stop will be Davao (Feb. 27-28) followed by Cebu (March 5-6) and Pasay (April 9-10).

Qualified boys and girls who wish to join the selection camps may still register at www.jrnba.asia/philippines. The program is absolutely free.

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