Dribbling, rebounding, passing, and lay-up are some of the moves we need to learn in playing basketball. Filipinos are really hook on this sport. I think every street in the metro, there’s a basketball court. Is that right? Some of the players are dreaming to be part of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) or perhaps to be the next Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Yesterday (April 28), Pinoy Manila was invited to witness the much anticipated and most prestigious basketball program in the country- the 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines.
I’ve been a follower of this basketball program for the past 6 years. I saw the determination of those young hopefuls who want to be part of JR. NBA Philippines All -Star Team and to represent our country. I must say every participant who joined on this year’s NBA school clinics were very active and competitive. Each player have really the passion on this sport.
The goal of Jr. NBA because is to promote basketball participation, sportsmanship and teamwork, and an active lifestyle among children.
The event was held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. It was joined by members from the press and media, 2013 Jr. NBA participants, Jr. NBA’s All Star alumni, friends from program’s sponsors and others.
It was also attended by the shortest player ever to play in the NBA and also one of the best passer, ball-stealer and fastest on the court none other than NBA Legend Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues.”
From thousands of young hopefuls who joined the nationwide 2013 Jr. NBA School Clinics, the top 40 participants were selected during the Regional Selection Camps in NCR, Lucena, Dagupan and Davao. They had to go through a more intense development program at the National Training Camp where they were also joined by the top 10 players from the Alaska Power Camps.
Now, the 50 young cagers must give their best and show what they have learned from the series of clinics to be part of the coveted 10-member 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Star Team. This culmination event is the day they are waiting for if they In or Not.
The culmination event was became more exciting because of a special Jr. NBA PH Alumni All-Star game. The exhibition game was joined by All-Star alumni from 2007-2012. They were divided into two groups-Team Jolas which was headed by PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa and Team Muggsy which was headed by Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues.
Because of the super intense game, there’s a three-minute overtime match. In the end Team Muggsy won the fight. Here in the Philippines, we have a tradition that the losing team will do “lusot’ against the opponents, and that’s what Team Jolas did. You’re such a good sport guys.
After the exhibition match, the top 20 players, which divided into two groups joined into a powerful game. Each player really showed their skills and the knowledge they got from the training.
The players who standouts from all over the Philippines and made it to the top 10 of the 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines program were Anthony Sistoza, Gian Mamuyac, Mahloney Tarranza, Marvin Sario, Miguel Fortuna, Pawandeep Singh, Ricci Rivero, Samuel Abujileh, Tyler Tio, and Vince Ferrer.
As major sponsors of the prestigious annual event, Rexona and Master Facial Wash promoted proper grooming and hygiene among all participants. The two brands successfully provided the players with a program that not only focuses on skills and discipline, but also on having the confidence and winning look before and after each game, which will help them in their journey to becoming great athletes.
Grateful to be part of this year’s run, Rexona brand manager Anne Remulla said “We are very proud to be part of the 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines which helps build the future of young Filipino athletes. The program not only expands the child’s knowledge and ability about the sport, but also teaches him important values such as sportsmanship and teamwork that will be very beneficial to his overall growth and development.”
“Getting into sports is an effective avenue for the youth to gain good character and confidence. Master is here to give young men the winning look both on and off the court. Master allows young men to always put on their game face during and after playing a tough basketball game” adds Master brand manager Jonathan Pua.
The 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines was indeed a bigger and better program with the support of the two leading brands that provided more exciting experiences and prizes. Giving the participants the confidence and winning game face throughout the program were Rexona, a range of antiperspirants and deodorants developed with unique body-responsive technology that gives unbeatable protection against sweat and odor, and Master, a comprehensive range of face care products for men that helps them control oil for up to 8 hours.
Congrats again to the top 10 players who became part of 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Star Team. And to all the players who don’t make it, there’s another year to come. You’ll never know, you’ll be the next player to be part on 2014 Jr. NBA Philippines. Just continue what you are doing now and always remember ” Practice Right Makes Permanent.”
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