The National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League is now in Roxas and it had its game opening last January 7, 2016 with special guests: Vice Mayor Nonoy Sicad, Provincial SBP Dir. Ronnie Degala, and NBTC Comm. Michael John Abad. A parade followed after with the basketball players and their supportive mothers holding respective school banners. After the program, the game proper began at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center.
A series of games were held on Saturdays and Sundays with different teams competing to cave their way to the finals. The College of St. John Roxas Junior Knights was able to qualify to the semi finals and lost Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion with a score of 95-85.
The finals eventually came, CSJ-R Junior Knights defeated 86-85 to the Hercor Jaguars last January 28, 2016 at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center and was declared as the first champion of NBTC League in Roxas City sponsored by SM.
The Lasallian nation was alive the entire game with their spirits lifted up and voices aloud. The game started to heat up in the third quarter. All eyes followed every bounce of the ball and move of the players. Banners were raised, cheers and stomps grew louder and louder as moments passed by. The score was a tie until Camus from the Hercor Jaguars was able to shoot at the last second of the fourth quarter. The Jaguars were leading 2 points but the Knights believed that they would be able to make it in 5 minutes – an overtime. A foul occurred which gave Rheyje Buencamino a chance to aim right at his clutch free throws and he did it – the winning shots which lead the CSJ-R Junior Knights to an 86-85 victory over the Hercor Jaguars.
The CSJ-R Junior Knights was given the spotlight to rejoice their sweet victory. They gathered altogether as a team at the center and draped their arms around in each other. The players were awarded by the NBTC Comm. Michael John Abad with a medal according to their jersey numbers. Dan Earel Arches was declared as the Most Outstanding Player.
Congratulations CSJ-R Junior Knights! Congratulations also to Coach Junery Cortel and his assistant Stephen Nalica! Good luck for the upcoming NBTC Regionals to be held in Antique! Let the Animo reign!
“Sorry, I can’t miss my free throw.” – Rheyje Buencamino, #10
Photo Source: Hansel Angon Glendelyn Delfin