Filipino teens star in Singapore basketball skills challenge

Miguel Joaquin Legaspi Artificio of Team Filo (left) and Lopez Aaron Absalon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

SINGAPORE — Filipino teens played a leading role in competitive basketball’s comeback in the form of the Singapore Basketball Association (BAS) Skills Challenge which saw more than 190 participants in action at the Center basketball court in Singapore.

During the skills challenge circuit, two-player teams completed stations that tested their various basketball skills.

After the preliminary rounds on December 11 and 12, the top eight teams qualified for the final, which took place on December 19 and was honored by Singapore’s Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Edwin Tong.

The tag team category was won by Reuben Amado, a member of Singapore’s national men’s basketball team, born to Filipino parents, and teammate Speedy Boyz Chan Qi Feng.

Lopez Aaron Absalon, 18, of Team Filo, dominated the individual category, while teammate Miguel Joaquin Legaspi Artificio won the men’s under-14 category. Both players are Filipinos residing in Singapore with their families.

Amanda Lim of Siglap Black was the top performing woman in the individual category while Shannon Lau Xuan Wen (U-14 woman) of Qian Xi 4, Tian Zhiyi (U-16 man) of the GT team and Alicia Lim (woman U-16) of the KA team declared the other top spots. With reports from Celest Flores-Colina,


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