Four Manilans, 3 from Cagayan de Oro, 1 each from Puerto Princesa, Pampanga and the Alaska Power Camp took the top ten slots in the 2012 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska to form this year’s Jr. NBA All-Star team.
After three days of a basketball boot camp jointly conducted by NBA Legend and former Chicago Bull Luc Longley, US Jr. NBA Clinician Chris Clunie, the Alaska Coaching Staff led by PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa and assorted coaches from the regions, Aljun Jay Melecio, Camillus Altamirano, Patrick Ramirez and John Roald Mayor from the Manila Regional Training Camp; Lui Besa, Felixberto Jaboneta and Arnie Padilla from the Cagayan de Oro camp; Paul Dagunan from the Puerto Princesa camp; Antonio Jeffrey Coronel from Pampanga and Regille Kent Ilagan from the Alaska Power Camp in Manila outshined the competition and emerged as this year’s Jr. NBA All Stars.
The ten young cagers will be rewarded with a once in a lifetime NBA experience and the chance to travel abroad to play against a counterpart Jr. NBA Team.
Coach Alan Ayo of ABC Ideas of Sorsogon City and a city councillor was meanwhile selected as the 2012 Jr. NBA Coach of the Year for having grown the sport of basketball in the Philippines while promoting the Jr. NBA S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect to young basketball athletes.
The following players received special awards for their outstanding achievements in the National Training Camp : Alvin Jules Pineda, Joshua Alfonso Gantan, Lawrence Viajar, Gilbert Tague and Jeremiah Joy Sandalo, members of the 2012 Gatorade Performance Team; Miguel Raphael Jison of St. John’s Institute in Bacolod City, the Spalding Sportsmanship Award; Paul Dagunan from San Miguel National High School in Puerto Princesa, the Gatorade Hustle Award, Patrick Ramirez from Manila, the BTV Rising STAR Award, Arnie Padilla from the Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu, the 2012 Jr. NBA Studio 23 All Star Player of the Game; Regille Kent Ilagan, the 2012 Alaska Youth Ambassador. Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska is Aljun Jay Melecio.
The top ten were culled from a group of 50 junior players aged 10-14 who topped their respective regional selection camps in Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga and Manila through all of April and made it to the Jr. NBA National Training Camp which took place from May 3 – 5.
Three days of boot camp – basketball drills, skills tests, stamina challenges, competitive games and fun games – tested the young cagers’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strengths.
The 2012 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska was also made possible through the support of the NBA's Official Partners including Gatorade, Spalding, Basketball TV (BTV), Studio 23 and the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.*For more information on Jr. NBA Philippines, including recaps, photos and news, log on to www.jrnba.com.ph.
Top 10 kids among 50 campers to be selected as 2012 Jr. NBA All Star Team
The 2012 Jr. NBA Philippines Program presented by Alaska reaches its climax May 3 and 4 at the University of the Philippines Gym in Diliman and at the SM Mall of Asia on Saturday May 5 as 50 of the most promising young cagers of the land take part in the Jr. NBA National Training Camp.
NBA Legend and former Chicago Bull Luc Longley and Alaska coaches led by Jojo Lastimosa will run the camp for the boys aged 10-14 who topped their respective regional selection camps in Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga, Manila and the Alaska Power Camp earlier this month. Longley will conduct an NBA Cares activity at the end of the training camp.
The 40 players selected as the best from their respective regions are : Randolf Erickson Marcelo, Gilbert Cague, Samuel Abuhilijeh, John Ronald Mayor, Miguel Kristoffer Abila, Omar Pius Mangadam, Patrick Sison, Aljun Jay Melecio, Tommy York Gedaria, Juan Carlo Garcia, Bryan Joshua Lina, Camillus Altamirano, Joshua Francis Callejo, Aaron Ivan Reyes, Aoki Estacio and Patrick Ramirez from the Manila Camp; Paul Dagunan, Himel Samante, John Mark Bentulan, Lorenzo Carlos, and Miguel Raphael Jison from the Puerto Princesa Camp; Arnold Cagang, Jepher Egan, Ian de la Cruz, Lorenz Viajar, *Lui Besa, Felixberto Jaboneta, Arnie Padilla, Arvid Ong and Zachary Juang from the Cagayan de Oro Camp and Rico Soliman, Pawan Singh, Diesel Jericho Malonzo, Polo Alberto Dayrit, Anton Miguel David, Antonio Jeffrey Coronel, Joshua Alfonso Gantan, Ivan Jules Pineda and Jeremiah Joy Sandalo from the Pampanga Camp.
The Alaska Power Campers are:*Rigell Kent Ilagan, Ryen Dizon, Andrei Monserrat, Krystoffe Jimenez, Jaime Alonzo Senires, Maurice Rainier Caculitan (Manila); Jon Olaso (Olongapo); Nino Dave Carmel, Darrel Menina and Khryss Alerta (Cebu).
From May 3-4, the young hopefuls will undergo a basketball boot camp that will test their basketball skills, strength, stamina and character via conditioning workouts, transition drills, skills stations and competitive games. Also highlighted in the three-day National Training Camp is the teaching of the Jr. NBA core values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect (S.T.A.R.), alongside Gatorade’s on-site testing and evaluation of the campers’ body composition, strength, vertical leap, endurance, speed and balance.
The public is invited to watch the last day of the Jr. NBA Camp at the SM-MOA on Saturday (9am – 4pm) where the final scrimmage will be the high point of the day. The announcement of the ten 2012 Jr. NBA All Stars, who will be rewarded with an authentic NBA experience and the chance to play a counterpart Jr. NBA selection out of the country, will be made after the scrimmage in the afternoon.
The 2012 Jr. NBA presented by Alaska is also made possible through the support of the NBA's Official Partners including Gatorade, Spalding, Basketball TV (BTV), Studio 23 and Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines. For more information on Jr. NBA Philippines, including registration information, dates, venues, photos and news, log on the www.jrnba.com.ph.
The 2012 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska will hold an NBA Cares activity in Cagayan de Oro City on May 1when NBA Legend and former Chicago Bull Luc Longley arrives for the National Training Camp late this month.
Longley joins other NBA Legends who have conducted NBA Cares activities in the country in conjunction with the Jr. NBA Philippines Program, demonstrating the continuing commitment of the global basketball league to share basketball goodwill to communities and individuals it has touched along the way.
The National Basketball Association’s international youth development program was first introduced in the country in 2007. The 2012 Program is the fifth consecutive Jr. NBA Program in the Philippines.
BJ Armstrong , Longley’s Bulls teammate, conducted a basketball clinic with the residents of Boys’ Town in Marikina in 2010. AC Green teamed up with renowned mural artist and conservationist AG Sarno to paint a dolphin mural at the De La Salle campus to highlight the plight of dolphins and encourage their protection in 2011.
In 2012, NBA Legend and US Jr. NBA Coach Marty Conlon led the NBA Cares activity on January 18 at the San Fernando Special Education School where children who were deaf, dumb or afflicted with Down’s Syndrome were given the chance to have fun with the basketball.