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24 players stand out in record-breaking Jr. NBA Manila camp

The 50 boys and 30 girls who topped the drills and challenges of the first day were divided into teams that underwent team challenges on the second day. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines – Sixteen boys and eight girls stood out over the rest in the record-breaking Manila Regional Selection Camp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016, held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute last weekend.

The 24 players will represent the National Capital Region in the National Training Camp on April 22-24.

Fourteen of the 16 Jr. NBA finalists are from Metro Manila, while the remaining two players are from Batangas City and Bacolod City. These players are:

· Mark Glenn Gabon, 14, of National University
· Luis Gabriel Aguila, 13, of Nazareth School of National University
· Johndhel Austria, 13, of Escuela de Sophia
· Jearico Nunez, 13, of University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta
· Kai Zachary Sotto, 13, of St. Francis of Assisi School
· Jericho Ross Paglinawan, 14, of St. Francis of Assisi School
· Mark Nicole Lucban, 13, of St. Francis of Assisi School
· Reich Randell Villegas, 13, of Ateneo de Manila
· Prince Junnell de Belen, 13, of San Isidro Catholic School
· Pauloh Villarin, 13, of De La Salle Zobel
· Patrick Lance Inting, 14, of Our Lady of Pillar Catholic School
· Miguel Rey Luis, 13, of Xavier School
· Anjelo Raphael Argente, 14, of De La Salle Lipa
· Andrei Philip Lechoncito, 13, of St. John’s Institute of Bacolod

Meanwhile, eight girls were selected as the Jr. WNBA representatives of Metro Manila:

· Dianne Camille Nolasco, 11, of Miriam College
· Lalaine Gonzales, 13, of Escuela de Sophia
· Carly Monreal, 13, of De La Salle Zobel
· Princess Marie Villarin, 10, of De La Salle Zobel
· Jonalyn Bongalos of University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta
· Lindsey Nacional, 12 of Baptist Bible Seminary Institute, Taytay
· Magda Lioui Flores, 13, of Christian Grace School of Cavite
· Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino of Dalig National High School of Antipolo

The fourth and final Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 Regional Selection Camp drew a record number of 1,114 participants – the highest attendance in a camp to date since the grassroots program was established in 2007.

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The young athletes experienced tests and skills challenges, with key participants advancing to Day 2, wherein they competed with their peers in scrimmages.

The 24 standouts, who were selected by Jr. NBA coach Craig Brown and Alaska Aces assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso, will move on to the National Training Camp after showing all-around skills and exhibiting the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitude and respect.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines National Training Camp, which will feature an NBA or WNBA player or legend, will gather regional picks from Baguio, Cebu, Davao, and Manila, and the top performers will vie for ten Jr. NBA slots and five Jr. WNBA slots that will make them part of the 2016 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

The selected All-Stars will then get to go on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later this year.

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.)

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