Monday, June 25, 2018

Marvel Run set for July

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The SM Mall of Asia Event Grounds will host the first-ever Marvel-themed run this coming July 7.

Organized by the number one fun-run company in ColorManila, the 2018 Philippines Marvel Run has three distance categories: 3K, 5K, and 10K.

According to ColorManila VP Justine Cordero, "We look forward to having the first Philippines MARVEL Run on July 7, and we would like to invite all MARVEL fans and ColorManila followers out there, to take part in this highly anticipated event. The runners will surely like the kits that we have designed and prepared for them, along with the other MARVEL items that come with the race packages."

There are three different kits available for interested runners to choose from.

The Deluxe Race Kit Package (PhP 1,500) contains a black drifit shirt that contains the logos of Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, and Spiderman. it also has a finisher's medal, a race bib, and a color packet.

The Premium Kit Package (PhP 2,050) comes with an option of choosing a drifit shirt from three different colors (green for the Hulk, grey for Thor, and blue for Captain America), as well as a race bib, matching sunglasses, a finisher's medal, a color packet, and a Marvel drawstring bag.

As for the VIP Race Kit Package (PhP 3,050) it will contain the Premium Kit Package, plus a towel and access to the VIP Lounge.

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Racasa leads Filipino chessers' title run at ASEAN+ tourney

On Sunday night, Antonella Berthe Racasa claimed the standard girls Under-12 title in the ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships that took place at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Racasa did her part by beating ertswhile co-leader Roilanne Marie Alonzo in the ninth and final round to finish with 6.5 points, whilst fellow co-leaders in Vietnamese pawn pushers Bui Ngoc Phuong Nghi, Nguyen Hoang Tha Ngoc, and Nguyen Phuc Yen Nhi were unable to match her win on the final round to give her the division and a Woman FIDE Master title.

Bui lost to compatriot Nguyen Thi Mai Lan, while Nguyen Hoang drew with Kimberly Colaste and Nguyen Phuc drew with Francesca Lagro.

The 11-year old from San Roque, Marikina finished half-a-point ahead of Nguyen Thi, Nguyen Hoang, and Nguyen Phoc in this event, which is organized by Chess Events International, sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, bankrolled by the Philippines Sports Commission, and backed by the Davao City local government.

To escape with the victory, she ended her tourney by snatching three wins and a draw in the last four rounds, which included an eight round win over the top-seeded Bui, bucking losses in two of the first four rounds.

Antonella, is the daughter of Robert, who is the father of memory sports in the Philippines, credits her father in helping her win the title, sharing that he "taught me to always never give up and always stand up when I fall."

Securing title wins as well as International Master Paulo Bersamina and WFM Shania Mendoza in their respective Under-20 divisions, Dale Bernardo in the Under-18 division, Ronald Canino in the Open Under-16 division and Kaye Lalaine Regidor in the Under-10 girls' division.

Bersamina drew with fellow IM John Marvin Miciano to end his campaign at 7.5 points, while the Olympiad-bound Mendoza bested Laila Camel Nadera to also end up at 7.5 points. Aside from the title, she also secures a WIM title and a WGM norm in the process.

Bernardo drew with Aeron Keife Charles Sinining to end his campaign with seven points, which matches the total of FEU standout John Merill Jacutina, who defeated Le Nguyen Khoi Nguyen in the final round. However, Jacutina lost to Bernardo in the second round to lose the tiebreaker.

Canino also ended up tied atop his division alongside Vietnamese pawn pushers Pham Phu Vinh and Bui Duc Huy, but had the superior tiebreaks to claim the win and the FM title.

Regidor beat Mecel Angela Gadut in the final round to claim her division with seven points.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bersamina, Mendoza at cusp of clinching ASEAN+ titles

Butch Pichay of the NCFP
International Master Paulo Bersamina and Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza secured contrasting results as they close in on their respective Under-20 division titles after the eighth round of play in the ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City yesterday.

Bersamina defeated Sarri Subahani to net his seventh point, one ahead of FIDE Master Azarya Jodi Setyaki of Indonesia.  He will need at least a draw against top seed IM John Marvin Miciano to clinch the title.

Setyaki drew with 14-year old prodigy Daniel Quizon in this round.

Mendoza drew with Marife dela Torre to hike her total to 6.5 points, which half-a-point ahead of hometown native Ella Grace Moulic, who beat Zsuzsa Grace Tabudlong to secure her sixth point. She will need to beat Laila Camel Nadera in the final round to clinch her division.

In the other divisions, Dale Bernardo beat Ernesto Canete to retain the Under-18 division lead at 7.5 points, half-a-point ahead of John Merill Jacutina, who beat Carl Zirex Sato.

As for the Under-16 category, Ronald Canino moved ahead of FM Alekhine Nouri with six points after the former defeated Vietnamese FIDE Master Pham Phu Vinh and the latter losing to Christin Marcelo Olaybal.

In the girls' Under-12 Antonella Berthe Racasa joined four other players for the lead at 5.5 points by stunning Bui Ngoc Phuong Ngi of Vietnam.

In addition, Ruelle Canino and Al-Basher Buto kept their division lead amidst suffering losses to compatriot Kaye Lalaine Regidor and Nguyen Khanh Lam of Vietnam, respectively. The former at 6.5 points still has a half-a-point lead over Regidor in the girls' Under-10 division, while the latter shares the lead alongside Vietnamese pawn pusher Nguyen Vuong Tung Lam, who beat Nambiar Aaray of India to move atop the Under-8 division.

The tournament is organized by Chess Events International and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. It is bankrolled by the Philippine Sports Commission and backed by the Davao City local government.

Meanwhile, yesterday also saw the election of NCFP president Butch Pichay as the new ASEAN Chess Federation president, with Filipino Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales being selected as one of the three vice presidents.

Pichay would then take the opportunity to secure support from all ten member nations to support current FIDE secretary-general Bambol Tolentino's re-election bid.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Collegiate Mythical Team revealed

Among the awards to be revealed by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps in the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards is the composition of the Mythical Team.

Leading the cast of said Mythical Team are Robert Bolick and Thirdy Ravena, who were key cogs for San Beda and Ateneo, respectively, in their successful runs to their championships.

The former was not duly recognized by the NCAA due to the Leyte native having to observe a one-game suspension, but his contributions for the Red Lions during the Finals against an undefeated Lyceum team were not about to go unnoticed.

The latter, on the other hand, stood out with his numbers and his leadership in helping the Blue Eagles end a five-year title drought. He was ably aided by the third man picked to be in the Mythical Team, floor general Matt Nieto.

Completing the squad are the Most Valuable Players of the UAAP and NCAA, Ben Mbala and CJ Perez.

The 2016 Player of the Year by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps was a man among boys once again in helping La Salle make a return trip to the Finals, while Perez anchored the rise of Lyceum from the depths of mediocrity to the first 18-0 record in the history of the NCAA, while also clinching the PCCL title.

Out of these five individuals, the Collegiate Player of the Year will be selected during the ceremony, which is backed by Chooks-to-Go, The Bayleaf Intramuros, and Cherrylume.

Pasaol, Bernardino to be cited in Collegiate Basketball Awards

A couple more ballers are set to be cited for their outstanding feats this past season at the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards.

Organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and supported by Chooks-to-Go and The Bayleaf Intramuros, the ceremony will have special Awards being bestown upon Alvin Pasaol of the University of the East and Afril Bernardino of National University.

Pasaol will receive the Breakout Player award, highlighting his emergence as one of the most prolific scorers currently in the collegiate scene. This was best illustrated by his 49-point explosion for the Red Warriors against then-defending champions La Salle back in October.

Bernardino, on the other hand, will receive the Award of Excellence for her contributions to women's college basketball. The three-time UAAP MVP helped the Lady Bulldogs in clinching three straight UAAP titles, and although she already maxed out her eligibility this past season, Afril helped NU claim the inaugural 3x3 title alongside Annick Tiky, Jack Animam, and Ria Nabalan this past March.

Also set to be awarded are the Lyceum Pirates, who will be receiving a Special Citation for their inspiring turnaround in NCAA Season 93. Perceived as league cellar-dwellers in the past few seasons, Lyceum under head coach Topex Robinson would pull off an unprecedented sweep in the eliminations, completing the first 18-0 record in the current iteration of the league. Although they fell short of clinching the championship against San Beda, Lyceum ruled the subsequent Philippine Collegiate Champions League, which brought together the outstanding schools from the different collegiate leagues around the country.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitiational concludes, eight picked for AJFC

(From Left to Right) Ms. Amor Datinguinoo, Head of Legal, Allianz PNB Life Insurance; Mr. Danny Moran, Chairman of Henry V. Moran Foundation; Mr. John Mar Barsanilla; Mr. Mariano Araneta, President of Philippine Football Federation; Ms. Melona Rafil; Ms. Justine Marie Mamon; Mr. Thorsten Gottfried, Cultural Attache to the Philippines, German Embassy; Mr. Richard Jacob Ernest Songalia II; Dr. Olaf Kliesow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allianz PNB Life Insurance; Ms. Catherine Angelica Bradborn; Ms. Miyuki Tsukamoto; Ms. Ivy Paster Tapiz; Mr. Juan Miguel Basmayor.

The Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational concluded earlier this month at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, with the champions in the Under-14 and Under-16 divisions being determined for both boys and girls.

Kicking things off were the semifinal matches for each of the divisions.

Hosts Laguna FA claimed the Under-14 boys title over Dipolog FC, while a selection from USPF in Cebu took the girls' title over the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation. In the Under-16 division, Global FC / Pilipinas Dragons defeated a selection from Jaro, Iloilo for the boys' title, while Calvary-Pontevedra of Negros Occidental defeated Cordillera Binnadang FC for the girls' title.

The ANYFI also served as an opportunity to discover new talent, and eight were selected to represent Team Philippines in the Allianz Junior Football Camp set to take place next month in Thailand.

Juan Miguel Basmayor, Global FC / Pilipinas Dragons  - Manila
John Mar Barsanilla, Cam Sur Sports Academy  - Camarines Sur
Jacob Ernest Songalia II, Don Bosco Technical Center - Cebu
Catherine Angelica Bradborn, Luenthai Charity Football School - Pampanga
Miyuki Tsukamoto, Penafrancia United FC - Camarines Sur
Justine Marie Mamon, Calvary Pontevedra FC (NOFA) - Negros Occidental
Ivy Paster Tapiz, ZANDIFA Watashi - Zamboanga Peninsula
Melona Rafil, Calvary Pontevedra FC (NOFA) - Negros Occidental

Monday, June 18, 2018

Chess Olympiad vets lead Pinoy cast in ASEAN Age Group Chess

The Philippines will be relying on Olympiad veterans to lead the way in the 19th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships set to take place at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City from June 19-28.

The men's side will feature two-time Olympiad participant International Master Paulo Bersamina in the under-20 division.

The 19-year old pawn pusher, who was part of the Philippine team in the 2014 edition in Tromso and the 2016 edition in Baku, just missed out on a berth to this year's edition after an unsuccessful bid at the Olympiad qualifier dubbed as the "Road to Batumi" earlier this month.

Also carrying the flag for the Filipinos in this quest are International Master John Marvin Miciano and Daniel Quizon, who finished 1-2 in the Asian Age Group tile held in Chiang Mai, Thailand last April, as well as Jeth Romy Morado, John Merill Jacutina, and Rhenzki Kyle Sevillano from Far Eastern University.

On the women's side, Shaina Mae Mendoza leads the Filipinas in the under-20 division after topping their version of the "Road to Batumi,"with Kylen Joy Mordido also set to participate.

The hosts are seeking to at least replicate last year's feat at Kuantan, Malaysia, where they finished with 83 gold medals, 37 silver medals, and 29 bronze medals en route to the overall championship.

According to James Infiesto of Chess Events International, which serves as the organizers, the tournament field is expected to be tougher and more exciting, with about 300 players from ten countries (Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, South Korea. Denmark, Switzerland) taking part.

He adds, "We will be fielding in our best of the best to make the country proud."

Aside from regional bragging rights, the ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships has IM and FIDE Master titles at stake.

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines-sanctioned tournament has drawn support from the government, namely President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Mayor "Inday" Sara Duterte, and the Department of Education.

Go, Tankoua tipped as Pivotal Players

Ateneo de Manila's Isaac Go and San Beda's Donald Tankoua are set to be honored for their clutch achievements at the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards this Thursday night at The Bayleaf Hotel inside Intramuros.

The two big men are this year's recipients of the Pivotal Player award, which goes to the player that was crucial in their team's drive to the championship.

Go made all of those big shots for the Blue Eagles in their run to the UAAP Season 80 title, ending a five-season drought. Tankoua, on the other hand, was a dominating presence inside the paint for the Red Lions for their successful title defense in NCAA Season 93.

Aside from the Pivotal Player award, the Collegiate Basketball Awards will also hand out other awards on that evening, like the Chooks-To-Go Player of the Year, Mythical Five, and Breakout Player.

Handled by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps. the ceremony is supported by Chooks-To-Go and The Bayleaf Intramuros.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Collegiate Basketball Awards set this week

With the start of the 2018-19 sporting schoolyear looming in the horizon, the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps looks back at the previous season by honoring its outstanding basketball players with the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards.

This year's edition of the ceremony will take place on June 21 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, with the scribes expected to honor standouts from the UAAP and NCAA champions, Ateneo de Manila and San Beda.

The Blue Eagles captured the men's collegiate crown over rivals La Salle, with Thirdy Ravena and coach Tab Baldwin leading the charge, while the Red Lions of Robert Bolick and coach Boyet Fernandez overcame Lyceum to claim the league's tenth title in the last twelve seasons.

In addition, the Press Corps will also hand out special awards to breakout performers from this past season.

The ceremony is sponsored by Chooks-to-Go and The Bayleaf Intramuros.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

MPBL referees set to officiate NCAA Season 94

The continued rise of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League continues to be felt in basketball circles locally, as the NCAA is set to tap the league's referees to handle its 94th Season next month.

According to NCAA Management Committee chairman Frank Gusi of host school Perpetual Help, the MPBL's pool of officials will replace the Basketball Referees Association for Schools, Colleges, and Universities, which took care of officiating last season.

League Commissioner Arturo "Bai" Cristobal confirmed this development, but noted that the league through its board will only finalize this decision this coming week.

If things hold, the league will open with these referees on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena, with defending champions San Beda facing Perpetual at 2pm, followed by San Sebastian against Lyceum at 4pm.

Before the games, the NCAA will have its Opening Ceremonies at 12nn.

Gusi also affirmed the continuation of the #NCAAOnTour that was launched last season, with matches to take place at five venues, Perpetual Help, Letran-Calamba, Jose Rizal University, Arellano University, and either La Salle-Greenhills or San Sebastian-Cavite. All of these matches will take place during the first round.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Gatorade introduces Scottie Thompson as latest brand ambassador

Scottie as Gatorade Ambassador
Earlier this week, the world's number one sports drink welcomed a new member to its family, as Barangay Ginebra guard Earl Scottie Thompson was introduced as the latest Gatorade Ambassador, joining his teammate LA Tenorio.

On bestowing the honor to Thompson, Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Irvin Sta. Maria shares, "Since the beginning of his pro basketball career, Scottie has shown remarkable skill and exemplified grit and passion. As a global brand that has fueled the world’s best athletes, Gatorade has always been at the forefront of supporting up and coming talents like Scottie who are ready to take their games to the next level." He adds, "We’re excited to see Scottie inspire more people, especially aspiring athletes, to always put in the hard work and understand the value of proper hydration in fueling sports greatness."

From L-R: Pepsico Philippines Marketing Director Mikey Rosales, Gatorade Ambassadors Ricci Rivero, Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio, and Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Gatorade IC Santa Maria

Thompson was a former NCAA MVP during his stint at Perpetual Help System DALTA back in 2014, and helped Hapee claim their only PBA D-League title the following year. Picked fifth overall by Barangay Ginebra, he has impressed PBA fans, pundits, and most importantly, his teammates and coaches with his tenacity on the court. That effort reflects the Gin Kings' "never say die" mantra.

Tenorio and Rivero "Gatorade Dunk" Thompson

To celebrate his entry as the newest Gatorade Ambassador, Thompson was doused with Gatorade by fellow ambassadors Ricci Rivero and Tenorio.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

International Paralympic Committee head to grace ASEAN Para Sports Federation meeting

The Paralympic Movement in the Philippines gets a timely boost as current International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons is set to arrive in the country.

Among the things Parsons is set to do during his visit here is amplify the vision of the movement, which is to enable para athletes to achieve sporting excellence, while also inspiring and exciting the world. Leading the charge to do that in the Philippines is the Philippines Paralympic Committee under the auspices of its president, Michael Barredo.

Parsons is also set to observe the meeting of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) on June 8-9 at the Bonifacio Global City, which will be attended by the National Paralympic Committee heads of all 11 member nations of the region.

The meeting is a continuation of the preparations the Philippines is conducting in the runup to the 10th ASEAN Para Games (APG), which will take place in January 2020, weeks after the conclusion of the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the country is also hosting.

Among the items on the meeting's agenda is the composition of events for said competition. The last iteration of the APG had sixteen sports: Boccia, Chess, Cerebral Palsy Football, Football five-a-side, Goalball, Para Archery, Para Athletics, Para Badminton, Para Cycling, Para Powerlifting, Para Swimming, Para Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Tenpin Bowling, Wheelchair Basketball, and Wheelchair Tennis.

Preparations for the 10th ASEAN Para Games that will be hosted by the Philippines in January 2020 goes full swing this June with the meeting of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) that will be attended by Heads of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from the 11 member countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines.

The APG is the top paralympic event in the region, held every other year and traditionally hosted by the nation set to host the SEAG. This is the second time the Philippines has hosted the tourney, after 2005. Its participants are composed of athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities. The APSF regulates the tournament, with assistance from both the IPC and the Asian Paralympic Committee if deemed as necessary.

According to Barredo, Parsons' presence basically puts into motion the preparations for the APG, with ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano noting that the games will be held in three separates hubs like their SEAG counterparts: Metro Manila, Clark, and Subic. An international sports complex is already being constructed in Clark, with a twenty-thousand seat stadium and an aquatic center also in the works.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Recapping Day 4 of BWB Asia 2018

BWB Asia Camp 2018
The fourth and final day of the 2018 edition of the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp concluded this past weekend in the NBA Academy India in Delhi, with the 66 campers participating in their respective championship and All-Star Games.

The day started with the girls' championship game, with Paige Price of Australia scoring seven points to lead the Minnesota Lynx over the New York Liberty, 20-13.

It was the boys' turn up next, with Samuel Jenkins of New Zealand scoring eight points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Brooklyn Nets, 22-18.

Afterwards, the All-Star teams were named, with the following campers being split up into two teams for the boys and girls:

Girls All-Star Team:
Team Red - Rajvi Desai (India), Suniskha Karthik (India), Sreekala Rani (India), Indiah Bowyer (Australia), Pushpa Senthil Kumar (India), Jianjun Gao (China), Dan Zhao (China)

Team White - Siya Deodhar (India), Grishma Niranjan (India), Khushi Dongre (India), Sanjana Ramesh (India), Priyanka Behal (India), Paige Price (Australia), Guanpeng Liu (China)

Boys All-Star Team:
Team Red - Kaiga Matsuo (Japan), Rence Padrigao (Philippines), Joshua James Giddey (Australia), Chien-Hao Ma (China), Amir Hossein Aliyari Dehkordi (Iran), Kian Jamie Dennis (Australia), Matin Aghajanpour (Iran), Clancy Bird (Australia), Mac Stodart (New Zealand)

Team White - Chiang-Shuang Chen (Chinese Taipei), Mohammed Sina Vahedi (Iran), Samuel Jenkins (New Zealand), Shintaro Ehara (Japan), Daniel Foster (Australia), Andre Tannoury (Lebanon), Lachlan Joseph Bofinger (Australia), Chao Wu (China), Harshwardhan Tomar (India), Princepal Singh (India)

For the girls, Red beat White, 27-18, with Dan Zhao scoring eight points to be named as the All-Star Game MVP. For the boys, Red also won, 39-37, with eight points each from Clancey Bird and Mac Stodart, while Chen Chiang-Shuan was selected as the All-Star Game MVP.

During the All-Star Games, there was a special event where the outstanding shooters from the camp got to challenge their guests in a shootout.

Boys 3-point champion Amir Hossein of Iran faced Caris LeVert, while his female counterpart Indiah Bowyer of Australia competed against Ebony Hoffman.

Capping off the event is an awarding ceremony, with the MVPs being Filipino camper Rence Forthsky Padrigao and Sanjana Ramesh of India highlighting the winners.

Padrigao shares, "I have not only improved as a basketball player but also as an individual. The focus here was on your overall development at the personal and professional level, and I am glad to have won MVP at the end of all of it."

For Ramesh, she says, "Whatever I have learnt here playing with international players and coaches I am going to take that back and share the knowledge with my fellow players. Basketball is my life and these four days at the camp were the best I have had in my life."

Completing the list of awardees are Taine Murray and Vaishnavi Yadav for the Grit Award and Lachlan Joseph Bofinger for the High-Flyer Award.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Recapping Day 3 of BWB Asia 2018

BWB Asia Camp
Day Three of the tenth Basketball Without Borders Asia camp kicked off yesterday after Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The morning session centered on warm-ups followed by skills development drills and workouts with the coaches. Afterwards, the campers were split into teams to proceed with individual practices in order to refine their offensive and defensive schemes. They then played scrimmages against each other.

Concluding the day is a coaching clinic with sixty local coaches, with NBA assistants Bret Brielmaier, Darvin Ham, Ryan Saunders, and Mike Wells sharing their knowhow.

Here are some thoughts from those who were at Day 3:

Dwight Powell: The campers have been great, they are competitive, playing hard, and are listening learning all the time. From the day they came here till today, there is a lot of improvement in their skills and drill work and there is an overall development visible. They know better how to move without the ball, where they need to be on the floor and transition, now that they are playing as a team.

Ham: The camp has been great, some strong talent here. We have conducted a number of workouts to improve not just player skills, but also their decision-making during in-game situations. Most of the games played have also been close which is a testament to the level of players here.

Wells: The campers are all great and they are trying to learn and listen and playing hard so it’s been a great time. Most of them are trying to figure out the game because it’s fast but they are all coachable.

Today marks the last day of the camp, with one of participants set to be named as its MVP.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Recapping Day 2 of BWB Asia 2018

BWB Asia

The second day of the tenth edition of the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp took place yesterday at the NBA Academy India in Delhi, centering on life skills sessions, drills, and five-on-five scrimmages.

First thing on yesterday's agenda was having NBA assistant coaches Ryan Saunders (Minnesota) and Darvin Ham (Atlanta), as well as NBA Academies Women's Program Global Technical Director Ruth Riley address the campers, emphasizing on the importance of teamwork and communication.

Afterwards, the campers were subdivided into teams for practice drills, which eventually then led to the scrimmages that league and team personnel would then observe.

Aside from those, there was a NBA Cares event involving youth from the NBA Basketball Schools, where the NBA players conducted a clinic. The NBA Basketball Schools allow for the basketball talent to be development in the way the NBA does, while also highlighting positive NBA values of integrity, teamwork, respect, and innovation.

Here are some quotes from Day 2:

Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Bret Breilmaier: The talent level, the kids, how hard they play and the way they play together is impressive. The talent of kids from all the countries is very good. We are lucky to work with these kids and trying help them to improve their skills so hopefully they can take that back to their teams.

BWB Asia camper Princepal Singh (NBA Academy India): It’s a great feeling to have the camp here in India. At home, there is always an extra motivation to do your best. But having said that, this camp also is a great opportunity for Indian campers to learn from the best and see where they stand.

BWB Asia camper Amaan Sandhu (NBA Academy India): You don’t get to play alongside the best in Asia everyday, and also train under the best in the world. Basketball Without Borders is a great platform for all campers to showcase their talent and take in as much as possible from the best in the business.