The 2012 Jr. NBA All Star Philippine Team

The Champions and the Playoffs

On the last day of the training camp, the champions showcased not only their skills and playing abilities, but also exhibited the Jr. NBA – Alaska STAR values – Sportsmanship, Teamwork, positive Attitude, and Respect. In the afternoon, from 50 champions, they were cut down to 20. They were split into two teams – Blue Team and Red Team. The two teams played a four quarter game, where they were being observed and evaluated to be drafted into the Jr. NBA All Star Philippine Team.

Jr. NBA All Star Philippine Team

The Top Ten Jr. NBA All Star Philippine Team:
1. Aljun Jay Melecio (#29)
2. Camillus Altamirano (#7)
3. Patrick Ramirez (#37)
4. Lui Jhullano Besa (#39)
5. Regille Kent Ilagan (#41)
6. John Roald Mayor (#19)
7. Paul Harley Dagunan (#17)
8. Antonio Jeffrey Coronel (#35)
9. Felixberto Jaboneta IV (#12)
10. Arnie Christian Padilla (#49)

 Special Awards

Gatorade Performance Team – these are the Top 5 champions who improved the most in terms of physical fitness.
1. Ivan Pineda
2. Joshua Alfonso Gantan
3. Lorenz Viajar
4. Gilbert Tague
5. Jeremiah Sandal

Spalding Sportsmanship Award – Miguel Rafael Jison
Gatorade Hustle Award – Paul Dagunan
Studio 23 All Star Favorite of the Game Award – Arnie Padilla
Basketball TV Rising Star Award – Patrick Ramirez
Alaska Youth Ambassador Award – Regille Kent Ilagan
Jr. NBA – Alaska MVP Award – Aljun jay Melecio
Jr. NBA – Alaska Coach of the Year Award – Coach Aldin Ayo

The Jr. NBA All Star Philippine Team with Coach Aldin Ayo, are scheduled to play with the Jr. NBA Teams of other countries in October.After the awarding ceremony, I had the opportunity to speak with Regille Kent Ilagan, an alumnus of Alaska Power Camp (Manila), who made it to the Top 10 Jr. NBA All Star Philippine Team. On how he felt when his name was called, “Nagulat. Hindi ko po ini – expect na makuha ako. Kelangan ang focus sa defense and more offense.” He also learned the value of “teamwork, and makinig sa coach.” His advise to other kids who have the same passion for basketball? “Hardwork. Makinig sa coaches.”

Coach of the Year: Aldin Ayo

Coach of the Year Awardee Aldin Ayo has been coaching basketball for five years. He conducts basketball clinic in his home city to approximately 2000 kids. And having his own basketball clinic is an advantage. “Malaking bagay kasi ang experience kung paano mag – handle ng bata (3 – 6 years old) ang pinakamahirap I – handle. So, kung nakapag – handle ka ng mga ganung bata, mas madali sa mga mas may edad na. He also shared his opinion about the Jr. NBA – Alaska Training Camp. “Maganda, especially nagkaroon kami ng clinician na katulad ni Chris Clunie na lahat ng drills na-present niya, napaka – detailed, then lahat ng aspects ng basketball na – cover niya.”

On his advise to the aspiring young basketball players, “Sundin ang STAR values. Kasi ang approach ng Jr. NBA at Alaska sa camp na ito wholistic, not only (to develop) good players, but also good persons and students.”

“Tuloy tuloy lang. Magtiyaga lang. Subukan lang palagi,” he further added referring to fellow coaches.

Mr. Edwin and Mrs. Theresa Ilagan, parents to Regille Kent said they were, “very happy. Thankful kami kay Lord na isa siya na napili sa Top 10, na ipadala sa ibang bansa.”

And their advise to Regille was, “ang lagi naming sinasabi sa kanya, nandito kami para sa kanya. Lagi niyang paghusayan ang training. Kung talagang gusto niya itong basketball, alam ko kakayanin niya ‘yan. Lahat ng training na ibibigay sa kanya kakayanin niya. At huwag lang din niya pababayaan ang kanyang pag – aaral. Alam kong makakatulog sa kanya (ito). Lalo siyang magiging magpursige na lalo pang mag – aral ng mabuti.”

On a final note, the clinician Chris Clunie said that what inspires him to play is his “passion for the game. I’ve been playing since I was six years old. It’s the best game in the work. And to be able to work with NBA is a dream come true. Continue working hard, perseverance, you know, I always tell people that it’s always a combination of preparation and opportunity. You stay prepared, you continue working hard. When opportunity comes, make the most out of it.

The 5th Jr. NBA – Alaska National Training Camp was brought by Alaska, Gatorade, Spalding, Solar TV and Basketball TV and Basketball Coaches of the Philippines. Studio 23 & AKTV also covered the whole event.


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