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By ADRIAN STEWART CO
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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Six-foot-four Ilonggo cager Ryan Calama-an (14) heads straight for the basket during the 2016 National Batang PBA tournament.PBA
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MANILA – Ilonggo cager Ryan Calama-an is close to landing a spot with the NCAA junior basketball team De La Salle-Greenhills Greenies after his impressive performance during the tryouts on Monday.
According to Iloilo sportsman Ruding Villaruz, who accompanied Calama-an to his tryout in Manila, the coaching staff of the Greenies have already pitched an offer for the Sta. Clarita International School varsity star.
“Ryan has a good chance to make it to the La Salle Greenhills team,” Villaruz told Panay News. “They have already offered him his benefits. Mag-uusap pa kami and let’s see it from there.”
The 6-foot-4 Calama-an played a pivotal role in his team’s championship bids in the 2016 Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) and 2017 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) meets.
The 17-year-old forward was also a member of the Iloilo squad that took home the championship in the Visayas leg and silver in the national level of the 2016 Batang PBA tournament.
“Ryan showed greatness in the tryouts and I am glad that isa siya sa mga napupusuan sa dami ng mga nag-tryout dun kahapon (Monday). Hopefully lang he really gets a spot. He deserves it,” said Sta. Clarita coach Rodel Camacho.
The Leon, Iloilo-native Calama-an was discovered and recruited by Camacho in 2015. The lanky forward has since developed his three-point shooting, his ability to drive past defenders, as well as ball handling skills and passing.
Calama-an is set to lead Team Iloilo, which will be representing WVRAA in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique later this month./PN