TOP high school players from different leagues showcase their skills in one event as the 4th Seaoil-National Basketball Training Center All-Star Game is held on March 8 at the Meralco gym in Pasig.
Led by NCAA Juniors Most Valuable Player Darius Estrella of Jose Rizal University and UAAP counterpart Michael Nieto, 24 of the best high school players from all over the country will see action in the highlight of the NBTC’s culminating weekend.
Also set is the Seaoil NBTC Championship that pits the Manila league champions versus some of the best from other parts of the country. The NBTC All-Star game starts at 11 a.m. followed by the National Finals at 1 p.m.
Chiang Kai Shek College’s Fran Yu, National University’s Philip Manalang and Mark Dyke, Far Eastern University’s Marvin Lee and Brandrey Bienes, San Beda College’s Andrei Caracut, Adamson's Frederick Tungcab, Hope Christian High School’s Jollo Go, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Mapua’s Denniel Aguirre, La Salle Greenhills’ John Gob, and Ateneo’s Mike Nieto comprise the Dark Team that will be coach by Red Cubs’ coach JB Sison.
The Light squad that will be coached by Ateneo’s Joe Silva features Mapua’s Noah Lugo, SBC’s Marc Diputado, Kenneth Alas, and Nico Abatayo, CKSC’s JV Gallego and Jonas Tibayan, the Blue Eaglets’ Matt Nieto, FEU’s Wendell Comboy, St. Jude’s Renzel Yongco, DLSZ’s Quinito Banzon, HCHS’s Tzaddy Rangel, and Estrella.
“The NBTC All-Star Game is big for high school players because it gives everyone a chance to be scouted by college coaches from all over the country especially in Manila,” said NBTC Program founder Eric Altamirano.
“And for those who have not been recruited, this is a good venue for everyone to see what they are missing.”
Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu’s Henry Asilum played in the event before moving to University of the Philippines, while Dave Yu also saw action in the NBTC before joining NU last season.
During the first NBTC All-Star Game in 2012, Mapua’s Ace Basas played with teammate JJ Alejandro, Xavier’s Jeron Teng, and San Beda’s Francis Abarcar among others.
Letran’s Rey Nambatac won top individual honor in the next edition followed by Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena.
“I think this is a good opportunity for non-NCAA and UAAP players to be noticed by college coaches,” said Chiang Kai Shek’s JV Gallego, who was named Most Valuable Player of the recent Metro Manila Basketball League Finals where the Blue Dragons defeated NCAA champions San Beda.