Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars 2019 named

Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars 2019 named

The Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars for 2019. Ivan Saldajeno
By Xy-Zha Cabanlong

PASAY CITY — Ten basketball hopefuls which were picked from all over the country are a step closer to their dream of making it big in the sport.

Five boys and five girls were selected during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to comprise the newest batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars and represent the country at the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp in Jakarta, Indonesia in June 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 Saturday and in the boys and girls exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall here on Sunday.

The final day of the Jr. NBA National Training Camp was highlighted by an exhibition game for former Jr. NBA All-Stars that was attended by notable alumni including collegiate players Thirdy Ravena and Janjan Jaboneta.

Two names stood out of the many - the MVPs of the camp: Sebastian Roy Reyes and Dianne Camille Nolasco.

They lead the All-Star team of young players that would go up against the region's best of the best. 

The complete list of players are as follows:
GIRLS ROSTER:

First Name
Last Name
Age
School
Dianne Camille
Nolasco
14
Miriam College
Karylle
Sierba
13
Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Mikylla
Taborada
14
Corpus Christi School Cagayan de Oro
Justine Mhyrra
Vibangco
13
Saint Joseph Parish School
Princess BJ Marie
Villarin
13
De La Salle Zobel

BOYS ROSTER:

First Name
Last Name
Age
School
Henjz Gabriel
Demisana
14
Bacolod Tay Tung High School
Joshua
Minguillo
13
-
Zhan Paolo
Moreno
14
Xavier University Cagayan de Oro
Sebastian Roy
Reyes
14
Nazareth School of National University
Lionel Metthew
Rubico
14
De La Salle Lipa
Apart from naming the 10 kids that would represent the Philippines in the regional meet in Indonesia, special awards were also given to the players that gave an exceptional work in the duration of the camp.

Gatorade Hustle Awardees Zhan Paolo Moreno and Franchesca Isabela Buenvenida

Panasonic Rising Star Awardees: Zak Gumaya and Kaye Andrea Vivas

Coaches of the Year: Orlando Estrelles and Precious Jimenez

Alaska Ambassadors: Henjz Gabriel Demisana and Justine Mhyrra Vibangco

"The kids really are sponges, they try to listen to everything that we are telling them. that's very rewarding because they just want knowledge," said Penicheiro as she spoke to the media after the event.

"The kids really did good today.," Sexton assessed. "Kids in the Philippines has great promise when it comes to basketball. There's no doubt that the sport will continue to be big in this country.

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