Batang Gilas, the U18 Philippine National Team emerged as the champion in the very first NCAA Pacific Rim Championship 2016.
This invitational tournament pitted some of the top youth teams around Asia to inject more energy in the promotion of basketball n the region.
Held at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Bangkok from May 13-15 it featured competitions in 3 age groups - U14, U15 and U21. Teams from Taiwan, Japan, Iran, Indonesia and the Philippines have joined.
Main focus of the tournament was on the U21 group that saw the Batang Gilas U18 powerhouse playing against U21 teams in preparation for their participation in FIBA Asia U18 Championship later in July.
In his Facebook page Alain AJ Madrigal briefly describes for his Marinduque fans and Batang Gilas fans his experience competing in said Bangkok tournament: "Panalo kami U21 na sila Under 18 po kami physicalan po ang laban."
Photos by Kuk Thew (as watermarked). Check her facebook page "Kuk Thew" for more!
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|A promotional ad in Bangkok for the NCAA Pacific Rim Championship 2016|