Davao kids gain berths in Jr NBA

The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 04 2013 04:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 05 2013 12:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ten kids, including four from Davao, two each from Bacolod and Bukidnon and one each from Cagayan de Oro and General Santos City, bested more than 450 aspirants in the Davao camp to clinch berths in the upcoming national training camp of Jr NBA Philippines.

Paolo Coquilla, Mahloney Tarranza, Cornelio Reta and John Cañete from Davao, Jan Gabriel Sobrevega and Jose Antiporda from Bacolod City, John Lloyd Bernales and Lorenz Viajar from Bukidnon, Anthony Sistoza from Gen San and Earl Vincent Areola from CdO flashed their all-around cage skills while showing the Jr NBA’s core STAR values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect to impress the evaluation committee headed by Jr. NBA head coach Sefu Bernard, senior director of Basketball Operations of NBA Asia and PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa of the Alaska Power Camp.

“This was a very competitive group that made the job of the coaching staff to make a decision very difficult. These boys worked hard, they competed, and they helped each other along the way. It’s great to see such a fantastic turnout and such a deep pool of future Pinoy basketball players to come,” said Bernard.

Two more regional selection camps will be held in Lucena this weekend at the Quezon Convention Center and in Manila on April 13 and 14 at the Aquinas School gym in San Juan City. The top players selected in the regional selections will be joined by the top 10 performers from the Alaska Power Camp in the National Training Camp which will be held at the UP Diliman gym on April 26-27 and at the SM-Mall of Asia on April 28.

Meanwhile, Tarranza and Viajar joined NBA officials, Phoenix Petroleum officials and employees, Davao City Water District employees, Philippine lIM Guard Auxiliary members, Rescue and Disaster Relief Operations personnel and barangay officials and residents in a tree-planting activity at the Malagos Watershed Area in Malagos, Calinan, Davao City to preserve the City’s source of clean, potable water.

The group planted 500 trees in the area – the exact number of participants that joined the Davao Regional Selection Camp that established a new record in Jr. NBA RSC participation as part of NBA Cares, the league’s global community outreach initiative.

NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues will arrive in Manila for the National Training Camp and join the coaching staff of the Jr. NBA.

Registration for the Lucena and Manila Regional Selection Camps are still open and can be made online at www.jrnbaphilippines.com.ph or on site at 8 a.m. before the start of the clinics.

Presented by Alaska Powdered Milk Drink, the event is backed by Gatorade, Unilever’s flagship brands Rexona and Master and new partner, Phoenix Petroleum, KFC and Spalding.