The best thing about Ateneo Basketball is that they all start young. I remember the time when star point guard Jun Reyes was out to make a name for himself with the grade school teams together with other big names that followed him like Joseph Canlas and Danny Francisco. Basketball then was so simple and Coach Chickoy Alvarez only had one play but was difficult to stop. The tradition has been carried on for ages with Jai Reyes being the last person to graduate in college who went the full distance of Ateneo Basketball, playing from grade school to college and making it to the Philipppine Basketball Association. Ateneo Grade School Basketball has been blessed the past four years as Head Coach PJ Navarro has brought back respect to Grade School basketball by capturing its fourth Small Basketeers of the Philippines title.
The past years were bannered by Jay Javelosa, Sheik Cariño, Aaron Black, Matt and Michael Nieto and now its Jolo Mendoza who has come out to be the next scoring sensation. The young Eagles beat the Xavier Stallions 59 -57 to win its fourth title under Coach PJ Navarro. Now that the grade school hoops has been resolved, its time for the Juniors and the Seniors to follow suit!
(Thanks to Raymond Santiago for posting the pics in FB)