THE best young athletes from the TM Basketball Para sa Bayan clinics in Cavite, Bulacan, Cebu, and Davao will test their skills against each other in the National Basketball Association’s 3-on-3 competition in Manila from August 19 to 21, 2016.
Czarlo Lorenzo Salvador, Laurence Cyrel Nuenay, Tristan Maurice Coquilla, and Giero Velasquez comprise Team Davao while Adrian James Canales, Marc Gabriel Canales, and Kyle Clapis represent Team Cebu. Both teams will join the NBA 3X male 10-12 category.
For the male 13-15 division, all participants will come from Luzon. Two teams were chosen for Cavite, composed of Rexeus Raziel Moldez, John Christian Hernandez, Lee Rodney Kiofranz Marallag, Devon Dein Diez, Steven Kurt Grado, and Justin Jolo Santos while Sean Ashley Junio, Clarenz Camua, and Patrick Jasper Abuan will represent Bulacan.
All five teams were trained by Ginebra and Gilas Pilipinas guard LA Tenorio through TM Basketball Para sa Bayan clinics, which was developed by Globe Telecom in partnership with Tenorio´s Method Basketball Academy.
“If you have determination and will to succeed, you can overcome so many challenges and this is what we want the kids to learn,” said Fernando Esguerra, Director of Globe Citizenship.
“Even if they are from underprivileged background, even if they don’t play in the hard court, they still have a chance if they will work hard. That is why we bring the TM BPSB clinics to these kids to open opportunities for them such as the NBA3X,” he added.
Tenorio was more than a willing mentor as he shared the same advocacy.
“I’ve been to a lot of countries but I haven’t seen a place where the passion for basketball can rival those of the Filipinos. Anywhere you go, there are kids playing basketball in the streets or in their yards,” he said.
“So our plan is to go around the country to look for players who have the potential to play for professional teams or the national team. We teach them the basics, the proper techniques. We want these kids to experience the kind of training that only a basketball academy can give,” Tenorio added.