On March 17-18, 2018, the North Luzon Regional Selection Camp of the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska took place in Benguet State University. Out of the 1,120 campers, 15 teenage ballers from Baguio City, Benguet, Dagupan, Pangasinan, Ilocos, Manila, Bukidnon, Davao and Puerto Princesa were selected and they are set to travel to Metro Manila to represent North Luzon.
In the boys division, North Luzon will be represented by eight boys. They are Javier Luis R. Jugo, 13, of La Salle Green Hills. Czarlo Lorenzo V. Salvador, 12, of Ateneo de Davao University, Adrian Chu Tan, 13, of Cherished Moments School, Asher M. Vidal, 13, of Wonderland School, Rodge Aldrich Balbao, 13, and Alejandro A. Melecio III, 13, of Bukidnon Faith Christian School, and Alvin T. Collado Jr., 13, and Carl Emmanuel Velasquez, 14, of Berkeley School.
In the girls division, seven ballers will represent North Luzon. They are Crisciona Ann Bagasani, 12, of Immaculate Concepcion Academy, Aretha Belgira, 12, of Saint Joseph College Olongapo City, Tiffany Jolie Lacsamana, 12, of Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School, Jhulliana Francesca Pagteilan, 12, of San Jose School of La Trinidad, Sarah Abigail Sacayanan, 13, of Saint Louis School Center – High School Department, and Silcia Lee Fuscalbo, 14, and Christine Nicole Venterez, 12, of Baguio City National High School.
The players did not only exhibit their all-around basketball skills. They also exemplified the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect throughout the camp.
“The kids here are very special as reflected in their passion and commitment to the game,” Jr. NBA Coach Carlos Barroca said. “We hope these boys and girls continue working on their craft and look forward to their growth as individuals on and off the court.”
All roads will lead to Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati, Metro Manila, which will host the final Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camp on April 21-22 and the National Training Camp (NTC) on May 18-20. The top-performing athletes from the Regional Selection Camps in Bacolod, Benguet, Butuan, and Metro Manila will vie for 16 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Star slots that will reward them with an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later in the year.
Boys and girls aged 10-14 can still register to the free youth basketball program at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.
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