Mapua’s Estrella, Ateneo’s Mike Nieto banner 4th NBTC All-Stars
Rick Olivares (The Philippine Star) - February 25, 2015 - 3:20pm

MANILA, Philippines – The next generation of basketball stars will showcase their talents on Sunday, March 8, in the 4th National Basketball Training Center All-Star Game at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

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 participate in the highlight of the NBTC’s culminating weekend that also includes the Seaoil NBTC Championship, which pits the Manila league champions versus the best from the country.

Chiang Kai Shek College’s Fran Yu, National University’s Philip Manalang and Mark Dyke, Far Eastern University’s Marvin Lee and Brandrey Bienes, Adamson's Frederick Tungcab, San Beda College’s Andrei Caracut, 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 lists 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.

During the first ever NBTC All-Star Game in 2012, Mapua’s little known Ace Basas rose from the talented heap that included his teammate JJ Alejandro, Xavier’s Jeron Teng and San Beda’s Francis Abarcar among others.

The following edition, Letran’s Rey Nambatac stood tall among the cast of All-Stars. Then in last year’s match, Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena copped top honors.

The NBTC All-Star game will be played at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the National Finals at 1pm. The NBTC defending champions are the Chiang Kai Shek College Blue Dragons.

ACE BASAS ALL-STAR GAME ANDREI CARACUT ATENEO BLUE EAGLETS CHIANG KAI SHEK COLLEGE DARK TEAM DENNIEL AGUIRRE FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY MAPUA
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