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gameface_one
04-09-2008, 09:18 PM
Five jr Pinoy cagers off to NBA Camp
abs-cbnnews.com

Five young basketball players will go to the US this week as the country's official representatives to the Junior NBA Camp, an online report has said.

According to Sportsnews.ph, Ateneo’s Al Bugarin and Rafael Banal, La Salle Greenhills’ Mico Montelibano and the San Beda's Arjon Mariano and Erlance Feliciano will attend clinics and join the basketball camp together with other junior NBA players from other countries. The five will leave Manila on April 10.

"This is the reward for their participation in our Junior NBA Camp last year and for emerging as the top 5 players after the event,” tournament director Norman Black said during Tuesday’s PSA Forum in Manila.

The report added that highlight of the five-day US stay is the chance to watch live the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

A total of 18 schools saw action in last year’s Junior NBA Camp, which was topped by Ateneo High School over San Beda.

Fifty six of the best players in the field were then culled to attend the clinic supervised by Black, from which the top five were selected. Apart from playing against junior NBA international players, the five Filipinos will also be toured around and get the chance to meet some of the league’s top superstars.

“I’m looking forward to watching the game. We all know Golden State is in the thick of the fight for a spot in the NBA playoffs. So it’s going to be fun watching it live,” said Bugarin.

“I’m very excited about the trip. I have never watched an NBA game live in my entire life,” added the 15-year-old Banal, son of former PBA player and coach Joel.

The success of the program, according to Black, is compelling organizers to expand the clinic and hopefully, go nationwide.

The next Junior NBA Camp will be held immediately after this year’s collegiate season, Black added.

mighty_lion
04-11-2008, 09:47 PM
http://www.nba.com/global/philippines/jr_nba_allstar.html

Jr. NBA Philippine All-Star Team to the US
Posted Apr 3 2008 9:43AM

The best six campers selected as the Jr. NBA Philippine All-Star Team from the Jr. NBA Philippines program are rewarded with a 4 -day trip to San Francisco, the home city of Golden State Warriors. Apart from touring around San Francisco, the Jr. NBA Team will be attending basketball clinic and Warriors' practice session, compete against the Jr. NBA U.S. Team as well as watching the Warriors taking on the Los Angeles Clippers on April 12th.

The inaugural Jr. NBA Philippines, a basketball development program providing a fun and rewarding basketball experience to the young Filipino players, was held in Manila from April 2 to June 3, 2007. Sixteen (16) private and public schools in the Greater Manila Area participated in the program which was comprised of three stages: the Jr. NBA School Clinics, the Jr. NBA Tournament, and the Jr. NBA Training Camp.

JR. NBA TEAM PHILIPPINES 2007

NAME SCHOOL AGE HEIGHT WEIGHT
1. MOTELIBANO, JOSEPH NICHOLAS La Salle Greenhills 15 6'2 190lbs.
2. FELICIANO, ERLANCE KYLE San Beda College 15 6'2 198lbs.
3. MARIANO, ALJON San Beda College 15 6'2 150lbs.
4. RAVENA, KIEFER ISAAC Ateneo De Manila 14 5'9 130lbs.
5. BANAL, RAPHAEL Ateneo De Manila 15 6'0 140lbs.
6. BUGARIN, AL GERION Ateneo De Manila 15 6'3 210lbs.

amdgc82
04-17-2008, 05:50 AM
Part Of The Game: Jr. NBA RP Team (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04172008/sports07.html)
by Tessa Jazmines
www.businessmirror.com.ph

TWO Ateneans, two Bedans and one La Sallite have had one unforgettable summer.

On April 8, Al Bugarin and Ael Banal of Ateneo High School, Erlance Feliciano and Aljon Mariano of San Beda High School and Nicco Montelibano of La Salle-Greenhills left for the US to collect their prize for work well done in last year’s Jr. National Basketball Association (NBA) Program. (A sixth member, Kiefer Ravena—ex-Philippine Basketball Association player Bong Ravena’s son—opted not to join the group.)

The five boys make up the Jr. NBA Philippine Team—the best of the lot who participated in the Jr. NBA Program of 2007. The first Jr. NBA activity in the country was a three-month affair that started with Jr. NBA clinics conducted in 16 Metro Manila schools by JNBA project director Norman Black and staff. It progressed into basketball competitions among the 16 schools (which Ateneo won ultimately over equally tough San Beda). Then the top performers of the competition underwent intensive training in a Jr. NBA camp led by Jr. NBA coach Frank Lopez, who flew in from the States.

In turn, the most promising campers were tapped to become the Jr. NBA Philippine Team. Their reward: a trip to the US to watch an NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers—live! Not only that, the campers actually trained with the Golden State Warriors in their camp!

Kam Hung Ip, our good friend from the NBA, which stages Jr. NBA and NBA Madness in the Philippines, writes that, “The Jr. NBA Philippine Team’s NBA experience in San Francisco has been very good! With packed days of touring, basketball clinics, meet and greets, a live game, fellowship dinners and cultural exchanges, the team members [got more] than they ever expected….One highlight was when the Warriors youth camp director, Jeff Addiego, and his coaches told me how impressed they were with the Jr. NBA Philippine Team, both in their basketball ability [they were easily some of the best players in the elite clinic] and the fact that they were nice, polite kids.”

On its second staging in ’08, Kam Hung says the Jr. NBA hopes to repeat the feat, and enlarge the scope of the Jr. NBA into a three-year program involving 200 schools in four regions: NCR, Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

BUT we’re getting ahead of the story. The boys blogged about their experience in the Bay Area and posted them on NBA.com as well.

Erlance Feliciano went gaga over the game: “We saw some of our favorite players walking and practicing right in front of us! It was an unbelievable experience because not every person has the opportunity to watch an NBA game live... Watching the Warriors…warm-up was pretty good because I saw the intensity and the will to win from each player as this was a must-win for them. If they lost, they would likely not make it to the playoffs. So we cheered for the Warriors as the intro music played….…The Warriors dominated the first quarter because the game was fast-paced [just the way the Warriors like it], the scoring high and Golden State had a very good field-goal percentage as a team, especially Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson and Baron Davis. Monta Ellis was nearly unstoppable!…However, in the 2nd quarter, the LA Clippers were able to knock down baskets and stop the offense of the Warriors, which resulted in the lead getting cut to five points at the half.

During the halftime break we walked around the Oracle Arena concourse, all along being followed by the NBA TV camera crew, who were covering our NBA Experience. People kept on looking at us, trying to figure out who we were, but it was cool….

After the game we went down to the Golden State Warriors’ lounge area to have the chance to talk to, get autographs from and take pictures of Andris Biedrins and Mickael Pietrus. Too bad we did not get a chance to meet my favorite players Baron Davis and Monta Ellis, but still we enjoyed the evening because of Ellis’ outstanding highlights, like connecting for three alley-oop dunks.…”

Rafael Banal, meanwhile, describes the Warriors camp that they joined: “First up was the High Intensity Skills Clinic of the Warriors Basketball Camp.…At first, they had everyone shoot around and get the feel of the court. After a couple of minutes, the Warriors youth basketball director blew the whistle and everyone sat in rows….We were surprised to see one of the 50 greatest NBA players—Chris Mullin...Warriors general manager—[who] talked to us about how having the proper work ethic can help you become a successful basketball player and can also help you lead in life.

We started the camp with a series of very unusual warm-ups. We were able to learn warm-up drills that were alien to us, as compared to our training back in the Philippines. They were tiring because they involved combinations of sprints and defensive slides and it really got us going from the start. After that, it was basketball 101 from the Camp director coach Jeff Addiego and the other coaches. They taught us all about the fundamentals: dribbling, 1-on-1 moves, moving without the ball and defense.

After the basic drills, we watched a short video presentation of some of the great NBA players such as Gilbert Arenas, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, and how they were able to be who they are today. After that, it was time to…play 5-on-5, the real basketball. It was…a fun-filled and…breathtaking camp [it was so tiring, we had trouble breathing!] It was a really good experience for all of us to be able to meet our peers from America and to learn from the best.

We were [also] able to see some of the Warriors up close and were…able to get autographs from the Warriors’ Austin Croshere and Andris Biedrins. Isn’t that awesome?!?

Ha-Ha! Eat your hearts out, NBA fans!

danny
04-19-2008, 07:01 AM
http://www.nba.com/global/philippines/jr_nba_allstar.html

Jr. NBA Philippine All-Star Team to the US
Posted Apr 3 2008 9:43AM

The best six campers selected as the Jr. NBA Philippine All-Star Team from the Jr. NBA Philippines program are rewarded with a 4 -day trip to San Francisco, the home city of Golden State Warriors. Apart from touring around San Francisco, the Jr. NBA Team will be attending basketball clinic and Warriors' practice session, compete against the Jr. NBA U.S. Team as well as watching the Warriors taking on the Los Angeles Clippers on April 12th.

The inaugural Jr. NBA Philippines, a basketball development program providing a fun and rewarding basketball experience to the young Filipino players, was held in Manila from April 2 to June 3, 2007. Sixteen (16) private and public schools in the Greater Manila Area participated in the program which was comprised of three stages: the Jr. NBA School Clinics, the Jr. NBA Tournament, and the Jr. NBA Training Camp.

JR. NBA TEAM PHILIPPINES 2007

NAME SCHOOL AGE HEIGHT WEIGHT
1. MOTELIBANO, JOSEPH NICHOLAS La Salle Greenhills 15 6'2 190lbs.
2. FELICIANO, ERLANCE KYLE San Beda College 15 6'2 198lbs.
3. MARIANO, ALJON San Beda College 15 6'2 150lbs.
4. RAVENA, KIEFER ISAAC Ateneo De Manila 14 5'9 130lbs.
5. BANAL, RAPHAEL Ateneo De Manila 15 6'0 140lbs.
6. BUGARIN, AL GERION Ateneo De Manila 15 6'3 210lbs.






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