RP Youth Team is SEABA champ; AHS soph Jolo Mendoza is MVP!

July 19, 2013
Paul Daza; Photos by Girlie Martinez Nieto and Jig Mendoza

SEABA 2013 MVP Jolo Mendoza (right) with his dad, coach Jig Mendoza
The Philippines’ Under 16 Youth Team is champion of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament, after defeating the winless team from Singapore, 88-44 on the night of July 18. In addition, Ateneo High School sophomore Jolo Mendoza (2-L) was also named MVP (most valuable player) of the tournament.  

In the first game of the SEABA tournament last July 15, the RP team beat Indonesia, 87-52. On Tuesday, July 16, they beat Malaysia, 76-72. Wednesday saw the Philippines nabbing their third win, demolishing Thailand, 82-58. Of the Philippines’ 82 points, Jolo Mendoza contributed 15.  

Three members of the RP Youth Team are varsity players from the Ateneo de Manila High School’s Blue Eaglets roster: Jolo Mendoza, Matthew Nieto (3-F) and Mike Nieto (3-E).

The RP U-16 Youth Team was coached by Jamike Jarin.      

Going back to the hotel after winning the championship SEABA .... LABAN PILIPINAS! Photo and caption by Girlie Martinez Nieto.