Sunday crowd at the Harrison Plaza in Manila was treated to not only competitive matches in the 2018 SBP U16 Pambansang Tatluhan buta lso to a dunk-off and a dribbling exhibition.
The latter featured two 10-year old boys who put on a scintillating display of dribbling and handles while event host Mike Swift sang an original rap number. They showed uncanny dexterity and a flair that was impressive for such young kids.
Even the Under-16 participants were impressed. Said John Rey Pasaol of
the Davao team that placed second in the boys’ division, “Magaling mga
bata. Mas magaling pa sila sa akin mag-dribble.”
High praise considering Pasaol, the younger brother of UE star Alvin,
was very impressive despite his young age.
The boys were Yohann Solano and Dan Andre Ingco who both share a
common basketball idol in the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving.
“I like Kyrie because with his dribbling skill, he can go anywhere he
wants on the court,” said Solano.
Added Ingco, “I think Kyrie’s dribbling is a weapon and no one can stop him.”
Although young for their years, the boys did bare a modicum of
ambition. “I love the game,” said Solano. “If I become good enough, it
will help me in school.”
Solano hopes to play for Far Eastern University in the UAAP when he is
Ingco on the other hand said that he isn’t looking that far yet. “I
want to get better and if I have a chance, I will play anywhere.”