4 Pinoy ballers qualify to Jr. NBA Global Championship


Posted at Jun 20 2019 12:18 PM

Four young Filipino players were among those who qualified to the Jr. NBA Global Championship. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines — Four Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars — three boys and one girl — will represent Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship later this year.

The Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held on August 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. 

Camille Nolasco, Heinz Gabriel Demisana, Sebastian Reyes, and Lionel Matthew Rubico were recognized as part of the top performing players of the first-ever Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Selection Camp, staged June 15-16 at the Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Selection Camp featured 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

“When I first saw my opponents, I didn’t expect to be here since they’re so tall, but I brought the Filipino mentality ‘puso’ which helped achieve my goal of being part of the Jr. NBA Asia Pacific girls team,” said Nolasco.

For his part, Rubico said: “My coaches always reminded to go hard to the basket, not be afraid, believe in myself, and fight with all my heart. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and challenging the talented players from around the world.” 

Led by Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca, Rob Newson and Natalia Andre, the two-day camp imparted lessons to the participants including how to execute technical and tactical skills and develop teamwork among players of varying languages and cultural backgrounds.

In addition, Jr. NBA athletes participated in the skills challenge during the Jr. NBA All-Star Saturday Night event that featured Jr. NBA Indonesia alumni and Indonesian personalities including professional basketball player Daniel Wenas, actress and singer Mikha Tambayong, and social media influencers Hadi al Ghifary and Reynal Abipraya.

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