Eight Ballers from Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines Presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp Baguio Advance to the National Training Camp


The first of the four Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp concluded with eight young athletes qualifying for the National Training Camp. The two-day camp held at Benguet State University gym on February 20-21, 2016, was participated in by 665 athletes, 10 to 14 years old, who have the passion and love for basketball. At the end of Day 1, 31 girls and 45 boys advanced to a more strict and rigid selection process.

Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp – Baguio participants held at Benguet State University, La Trinidad.

Day 2 of the camp saw the young athletes doing more complex basketball drills with the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines coaches headed by Coach John Ramirez. The chilly temperature in La Trinidad, Baguio, and muscle cramps that beset some players did not deter the young ballers to give their best in every skills station and during the scrimmages. Basketball scrimmages became the testing grounds for the young ballers to prove themselves that they deserve a slot for the National Training Camp. The games were intense as the players showcased their innate skills and abilities in ball handling. The competition was stiff. At times, one gets driven to the ground. But there’s always an extended hand that helps him get up. Such were the games to reap the cream of the crop.

Girls aged 1-14 years old go through a strict basketball training during the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp held at Benguet State University on February 20-21, 2016.

Each skills station focuses on improving the basketball handling skills of the participants at the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp held at Benguet State University on February 20-21, 2016.

The selection process has always been a tough job for the coaches as there could be more high potential athletes and only a few can advance to the next phase of the program. The only two criteria that the players need to satisfy are their ball handling skills and the STAR values.

The Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska RSC Baguio NTC qualifiers with coaches.

After two days of on and off-court hard work, the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska coaches have made their final decision. A total of eight campers have qualified for the National Training Camp. The top two girls who qualified for the National Training Camp are Rae Jemima Caba (St. Louis University High School) and Treena Areola (Berkeley School). The top six boys advancing to the National Training Camp are Jan Zyrus de Ayre (Berkeley School), Ric Ozner Joshua Gatuz (Cherished Moment School), Wrench Mason Roquid (University of Perpetual Help System – Laguna), Vincent Madiwo (University of the Cordilleras), Emmanuel Macaranas (Bayambang National High School), and Sergz Quitaleg (St. Louis University High School).


Determination and Hard work

Determination and hard work are strong values that Alaska believe in perfectly compliment the Jr. NBA-WNBA STAR values. These are the values that Jan Zyrus de Ayre stood by to qualify for the National Training Camp.

Jazy, who plays varsity for Berkeley School in Baguio, made it to the National Training Camp in 2015, but did not make the final cut. For any player who did his best, not being chosen for the All Star Team can be totally frustrating. In Jazy’s case, he considered it as a motivation to train more and work harder to improve his shooting and left-hand dibbling skills.

Jan Zyrus de Ayre makes a come back in this year’s Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp – Baguio held at Benguet State University on February 20-21, 2016. Catch him play his best at the National Training Camp!

“I told myself that I will join again next year because there’s really an opportunity. I focused more on my basketball practices,” Jazy shared.

“During my basketball training and on my free time, I practice my shooting and left-hand dribbling. I train three times a week, and each training day lasts for two and a half hours.” This was proven when he was awarded as Best in Lay Up and Best in Hotshot.

Jazy is proud to say that his parents are supporting him 100%. “My parents are always present during my games because their presence motivate me to play better.”

During the scrimmage, Jazy was plagued with unfortunate muscle cramps. His determination did not deter him to do what he’s good at. He kept his spirits high and never lost his focus on the game.

It was a weekend of triumph for the comebacking baller when his name was called first from among the roster of 45 boys in the camp. Jazy will definitely be one of the guys to be reckon with at the National Training Camp.


Special Awards

Best in Lay Up:
Kristina Bianca Valimento
Jan Zyrus de Ayre

Sergz Quitaleg

Best in Hotshot:
Shanea Laajon
Jan Zyrus de Ayre

Best in Passing:
Cristel Gawisan
Celvin Ilaw

Best in Dribbling:
Treena Areola
Sergz Quitaleg

Best in Footwork:
Kyla Esteban
Sergz Quitaleg

Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines is presented by Alaska. The National Training Camp will be held on April 22-24 in Don Bosco Technical Institute and SM MOA Music Hall. For more updates, log on to www.jrnba.asia/philippines.
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