Basketball

South Luzon to showcase eight young ballers at the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska National Training Camp

 Nearly 1,000 young basketball players participated in the first Regional Selection Camp of Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska at the Manuel Enverga University Foundation in Lucena City on March 9-10.

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Win no. 3 will be at stake when Cignal-Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas clash on Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The UAAP rivals have been nothing short of impressive in the early goings of the tourney, making this Aspirants Group duel at 2 p.m. the must-see attraction in this loaded triple-header game day.

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Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska staged its first open clinic for 2019 at the Sisters of Mary Boystown and Girlstown in Silang, Cavite on Feb. 23-24, teaching over three thousand boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball and Jr. NBA core values.

As part of the league’s efforts to promote inclusion, Jr. NBA Philippines provided opportunities for young girls of Sisters of Mary Girlstown from Grades 7-10 to participate in basketball drills and skills development exercises on Feb. 23, with a total of 2,248 female athletes experiencing world class basketball instruction from Jr. NBA Coaches Natalia Dos Santos and Jeffrey Cariaso with the Alaska coaches.

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Zion Williamson’s shoe blowout on Wednesday night is the most high-profile incident of shoe failure ever. Here you had the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, playing in the biggest game of his college career, in a contest hyped for weeks as being the must-watch game of the college basketball season — then, just 33 seconds into the game, this happened.

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Gilas Pilipinas defeated Qatar, 84-46 on the road to stay alive for a slot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Andray Blatche led Philippines with 17 points along with 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in his return to Gilas after his suspension due to the Gilas-Australia brawl.

Marcio Lassiter with 14 points and was perfect 4/4 from 3. Paul Lee scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and was 3 out of 4 from the three-point line. Jayson Castro with 11 points while Japeth Aguilar contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds.

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DILIMAN College continues to fill its needs in all major positions and strengthen its line-up in time for the opening of the PBA D League on Feb. 14 at the Ynares Center.

To be handled by multi-titled coach Rensy Bajar and manager former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, the Gerry’s Grill-backed Blue Dragons will make their debut in the 12-team developmental tournament serving as a stepping ground to the PBA.

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