Jr. NBA Philippines Holds 6th National Training Camp


The Jr. NBA Champions, Coach of the Year Finalists with NBA Star Muggsy Bogues, Coach Sefu Bernard and Coach Jolas

Jr. NBA Philippines conducted the 6th National Training Camp at UP Gym on April 26 – 28, 2013, with its culminating activity held at SM MOA Music Hall. A total of 50 Jr. NBA champions participated in the event, 10 of whom were drafted from Alaska Basketball Powercamp held in Metro Manila, and the remaining 40 were picked from the four regional selection camps by Jr. NBA Philippines. The four regional training camps were held in Davao, Lucena, Dagupan and Metro Manila.

The young champions underwent a series of basketball handling skills training with Jr. NBA Coach Sefu Bernard, Alaska Aces coaches and players led by Coach Jojo Lastimosa, with the assistance of Coach of the Year finalists. Aside from the basketball drills, proper cooling down routines were also taught. There were also off – court group games that the young champs played to further instill the four Jr. NBA STAR values which are Sportsmanship, Teamwork, positive Attitude and Respect. Jr. NBA not only teaches the skills of basketball handling which are founded on the STAR values, but also to teaches the young generation the importance of adopting a healthy and active lifestyle through sports.

When asked what can this year’s Jr. NBA campers expect, Coach Jolas shared that “the champions can expect a really good training. And in the last two years, it’s always fun. Fun in a way that, they can get a really good workout and some drills that they can take home with them. And they can actually improve as basketball players.”

The culminating activity was held at SM MOA Music Hall on April 28, 2013 from 8am onwards. From out of 50 national training campers, they were trimmed down to just 20 based on their basketball handling skills, and how they embraced the Jr. NBA STAR values. They were grouped into blue and red teams, with each team having ten members. The two teams played in a 48 – minute scrimmage, during which they had to showcase their best abilities. The coaches had a tough time deliberating on whom to draft for the Top 10 Jr. NBA Philippine All Star, as the young champions played out their best. So the panel of coaches had to pick the best among the best.

Top 10 Jr. NBA Philippine All Star

  1. Marvin Sario
  2. Pawandeep Singh
  3. Robert Mamuyac
  4. Vince Ferrer
  5. Anthony Sistoza
  6. Miguel Fortuna
  7. Mahloney Tarranza
  8. Tyler Tio
  9. Ricci Rivero
  10. Samuel Abuhijleh
The Top 10 Jr. NBA Philippine All Star, with Coach of the Year Raymon Mercader

The Top 10 Jr. NBA Philippine All Star, with Coach of the Year Raymon Mercader

To recognize the junior champions, Special Awards were given to the deserving ones, including the Coach of the Year Award.

  1. Sportsmanship Award – Alain Barles
  2. Rising Star Award – Miguel Ratuiste
  3. The Hustle Award – Lorenz Viajar
  4. All Star Player of the Game Award – Anthony Sistoza
  5. Jr. NBA MVP – Ricci Rivero
  6. Alaska Youth Ambassador – Tyler Tio
  7. Coach of the Year – Raymon Mercader

The recipients of the Jr. NBA Special Awards, and the Coach of the Year
From left to right: Alain Barles, Miguel Ratuiste, Lorenz Viajar, Anthony Sistoza, Ricci Rivero, Tyler Tio, & Raymon Mercader

The 14 year old All Star Player of the Game Awardee Anthony Sistoza has this advice to young basketball enthusiasts, “Join the Jr. NBA to showcase your skills in playing basketball.” Anthony, who came from
General Santos City, was selected during the regional training camp held in Davao.

A student of De La Salle Zobel, the 14 year old Jr. NBA Philippine All Star draftee Marvin Sario shared his experience with Jr. NBA national training camp experience. “It’s tough but it’s super fun because I learned so much.” And to all aspiring young basketball players, he has this advice, “practice, work harder and have respect for the coaches.”

Mrs. Yvette Sario, mom to Marvin Sario, also shares how she gave support to her son. She would always tell Marvin that “whatever you do, just always do your best.”

Coming from Bukidnon, Coach of the Year Raymon Mercader relates his experience in the Jr. NBA National Training Camp. “The experience is so great. I learned a lot about the right way of playing basketball. I will teach the fundamental basketball handling skills to the aspiring basketball players and coaches in our community.”

And his advice to all young basketball enthusiasts, “they should have the STAR values. Not only that you should be good on court, but also off court. Off court, you should exhibit good character.” And for the aspiring coaches, “it’s not about what they can have. It’s about what they can share,” said Mercader.

Jr. NBA Philippine All Star Alumni, with NBA Star Muggsy Bogues and Coach Jolas

Team Muggsy vs Team Jolas
Jr. NBA Philippine All Star Alumni, with NBA Star Muggsy Bogues and Coach Jolas

One of the highlights of the event is the first ever Jr. NBA Alumni All Star exhibition game. Ten Jr. NBA All Star Alumni from the likes of Kobe Paras, Jarel Lim, Carlo Escalambre, Aljon Mariano and Alaska Youth Ambassador RK Ilagan, to name a few, played for either Team Muggsy or Team Jolas which added to the thrill of the afternoon activities. RK Ilagan was a product of Alaska Basketball Powercamp.

During the exhibition game, the losing team had to crawl down under a queue of the winning team, which is a typical Filipino penalty for the losing team.

It was a day of fun and action packed activities. The crowd cheered for their favorite players as the games were going on. There were also side events in the activity area that the audience can participate in.

Jr. NBA Philippines is presented by Alaska Milk Corporation. The partnership is extended for the next three years to further expand the sports around the country. Jr. NBA is also set to introduce Women’s Jr. NBA in 2014.

For updates, please visit www.jrnba.com.ph and www.alaskamilk.com.ph. Also, please follow us on Twitter @AlaskaSportshub.

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