Vacationing boy from Cagayan de Oro, first 10-year old camper make it to all-Metro Manila selection
Eleven boys – one of them already 6’4 at 12 years old – and six girls will be Metro Manila’s bets when the National Training Camp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 presented by Alaska happens at the PICC Forum and the Mall of Asia Music Hall on April 24, 25 and 26.
One of the selected players was just on holiday from Cagayan de Oro, tried out and made it. And for the first time in the history of the Jr. NBA, a 10-year old participant has made it to the winning circle.
Stacey Tibayan, 13, of San Juan de Letran; Ruzzelle Andrew Dominguez, 13, and Brevin Lyle Competente, 14, of National University; Edrian Custodio, 13, Jac Macasaet, 14, and Gab Reyes, 14, of De La Salle Zobel; Kai Sotto, 12, and Christian Allen Vergara, 10, of St. Francis of Assisi College; Vehnjo Maximo, 13, of La Salle Greenhills; Jessie Adrian Ortega, 13, of Escuela de Sophia and Ernest John Felicida, 13, of Corpus Christi College of Cagayan de Oro will join the Jr. NBA finalists from other regions in the National Training Camp.
Stephanie Villapando, 13, of Trace College Laguna; Akemi Manteja, 14, and Christine Jazz Ungui, 13, of De La Salle Zobel; Nelia Jean David, 13 and Micaela Denise Pentecostes, 13, of Diliman Preparatory School; and Kyla Flores, 14, of Parañaque Science High School will be the NCR’s Jr. WNBA representatives to the National Training Camp.
The seventeen finalists were the best performers among 519 participants aged 10-14 who joined the Manila Regional Selection Camp at the PICC Forum on Saturday, April 11. All participants were put through vitals tests, skills challenges and basketball drills on Day 1, with the top 40 performers being asked to return on Day 2, Sunday. The Top 40 underwent more intense drills and basketball team exercises on Day 2 and scrimmages at the end of the day helped coaches select the most skilled basketball players who also exemplified the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA core values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.