Basketball

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

THE Philippine national men’s basketball team will take on Italy when it begins its campaign at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China in August.

Drawn together in Group D of the tournament, number 31-ranked Gilas Pilipinas takes on number 13 Italy on Game Day 1 of the World Cup on Aug. 31 in a still-to-be announced venue. The Philippines will also take on Serbia (#4) and Angola (#39) in the grouping.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

WITH their spots in the playoffs of the PBA Philippine Cup still anything but assured, the Columbian Dyip and Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok enter their 4:30 p.m. encounter today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with much urgency.

Currently sporting middling cards of 4-5 and 2-4, respectively, Columbian and Magnolia try to go for that important win against one another that would give their push in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association tournament a huge boost.

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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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