5 players shine in Jr. NBA/WNBA regional selection

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Monday, March 30, 2015


FIVE teenagers, four from Davao City and one from Cagayan de Oro City, booked tickets to the national training camp of the Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines 2015 slated April 24 to 26 in Manila.

Qualified players are 11-year-old Rozie Amatong of Modern International Learning Center-Davao, 14-year-old Rhea Ville Bausin of Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (Dranhs), 14-year-old Paolo Emanuel Antonio of Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad), 14-year-old Christopher Gonzaga of the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) and 13-year-old Jeffy Malilim of Corpus Christi School in Cagayan de Oro City outshone some 250 other applicants in the Alaska-presented two-day regional boot camp held at the UIC-Bajada Gym over the weekend.

The five teenagers received Alaska gift packs, Spalding Ball and Gatorade.

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M2M project manager Yam Maramba, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao at the sidelines of the basketball camp, said that the five teenagers who qualified for the national training camp will be given an all-expenses paid trip for the whole duration of the training camp.

Bausin, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao, said: "Happy ako nung tinawag ako pero nagulat din ako kasi hindi ko ini-expect na makukuha ako."

"First time ko nagsali sa training camp ng Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines. Gusto ko kasing ipakita ang aking skills sa paglalaro ng basketball and para makakuha din ako ng iba at bagong tricks sa paglalaro," said the second child of Marites and Rodel.

She also expects a more rigid training in Manila, adding, "Basta ang gagawin ko lang po is ipakita ko yung best ko sa national training camp. Gusto ko kasing sundan yung mga ibang bata na nakapunta abroad at nakalaro ng ibang teams."

The James Yap and Lebron James fan said she will give her best to make her parents and siblings proud of her.

The two-day Jr. NBA/WNBA was backed up by Gatorade, Globe Telecom, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Spalding and Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP).

Official media partners were Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV and ABS-CBN Sports+Action. (KRP)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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