One of the biggest hoops events in the country will kick off this morning at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena – no less than the 2017 SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League National Championships—a grand showcase of the Philippines’ best high school ballers. This mega event will give us a glimpse of the country’s future basketball stars as the very best young talents from Luzon to Mindanao strut their stuff in this four-day competition, from March 13 to 16. The NBTC has been organizing competitions in the high school level for years, and many of its products are now making waves in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) like Arthur Dela Cruz, Kevin Alas, LA Revilla, Kevin Ferrer and Baser Amer to name a few. Some of the best basketball minds in the country have collaborated to stage the NBTC events, led by former PBA and National University (NU) coach Eric Altamirano, Alaska Aces chief tactician Alex Compton, and legendary high school mentor Edmundo “Ato” Badolato. Last year, NU took the NBTC League crown by trouncing NCAA giant San Beda in the finals. The tournament had 24 participating teams including guest squads from Canada and Thailand. This 2017 version promises… Read full this story
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