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‘Team PH’ outplays ‘Team Panama’ in Bronx basketball meet

/ 12:17 AM July 01, 2016
Ballin in the Bronx - Jordan Bartlett

Leading scorer of the tournament, Jordan Bartlett (in blue), captured flying high against Team Panama. CONTRIBUTED

BRONX, New York – A basketball club that promotes intercultural understanding hosted its inaugural international competition Saturday, June 18 at St. Raymond’s Gym, Bronx, New York, with “Team Philippines” players beating their taller adversaries.

World Basketball Ambassadors Club (WBAC) serves as a platform to promote global acceptance of cultures through the sport. Six countries, the Philippines, Panama, Dominican Republic, China, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, were invited to bring teams (with players under 18 years old) to compete in the event.

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Coach Simeon “Bong” Ulep, co-founder of Fil-Am Sports New Jersey, reached out to various Filipino American organizations for players to represent Team Philippines.

Team Philippines played against Team Panama, whose players were taller than the Filipinos. However, Team Philippines made up for the height difference with hustle and intensity.

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Ballin in the Bronx - Team

From right to left (standing) Trainer Ivan Lingat, Andre Deocampo, Gabe Mandanas, Jethro Moll, Gian Navas, Ron Harper Jr, Jordan Harper, LJ Bollosa, Alec Araula, Coach Bong
(front row) Coach Artu Ceniza, AJ Ceniza, Jordan Bartlett, Carson Francisco, Isaiah Ulep, Kevin Vallejos. CONTRIBUTED

Both teams played an even first half, tied at 50-50. Adjusting to the game, the Filipino players showed versatility by implementing new defensive strategies. This ultimately helped them gain the offensive momentum, leading to an upset victory over Panama, 125 to 111.

Both teams displayed great sportsmanship.

After the game, Jordan Bartlett, leading scorer of the day with 47 points, commented, “The WBAC was one of the best experiences I’ve had playing Filipino basketball. Not only was I able to compete with players from all over the globe, but we were able to bring together a group of selected athletes that have never played together to showcase our talents.”

He said further: “The event was well organized and it was even cooler playing in front of former NBA stars. It’s always a great experience when you are blessed enough to represent your country!”

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