Bacolodnon heads to Jr. NBA nat’l camp

BY ADRIAN STEWART CO

Friday, March 17, 2017

MANILA – A Bacolod City-based student is one of the 14 chosen to advance to the National Training Camp in Manila during the Visayas leg of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 2016 Regional Selection Camp at the Don Bosco Technology Center in Cebu City.

“I am glad to be given the opportunity to join the National Training Camp in Manila,” said the 14-year-old Joshua Benedict Baldonado, a varsity player of St. John Institute. “And I will do everything to reach the next level.”

The 2017 National Training Camp will be held from May 12 to 14.

Also representing Visayas in the Jr. NBA camp are Ateneo de Cebu’s Nicael Cabanero, University of San Carlos (USC) North’s Reinard Jumamoy, Cebu Eastern College’s Jericho Diloria, St. Anthony High School’s Rolando Abad, USC South’s Jessray Enriquez, and Xavier University’s (Cagayan de Oro) Zhan Moreno.

Representing the Jr. WNBA are Ynna Juanne Abella of Sotero Cabahug Forum for Literacy, Princess Delig of Abellana National High School, Aishe Solis of Marymount Academy, Chinnsai Deanna of University of the Visayas-Mandaue, Tara Sabalones of Montessori Academy of Southern Cebu, Inc., Frenzie Tagalog of University of Southern Philippines Foundation, and Maybelle Retubado of Bulacao Community High School.

The young athletes showed their talent during the drills and scrimmages while demonstrating the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect throughout the camp.

This is the third Regional Selection Camp of the NBA’s youth development program this year. The two-day camp was run by Jr. NBA coach Chris Summers together with Alaska Aces assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso.

The National Training Camp will host the kids from Visayas who will compete against other top players chosen from Regional Selection Camps in Cagayan de Oro and Lucena, as well as the upcoming camp in Manila.

The players will have the opportunity to be among the eight Jr. NBA and eight Jr. WNBA Philippines All-Stars who will participate in an overseas NBA experience later in the year./PN