THE Philippines, represented by the YBC Elite Selection, lived up to its high billing with a smashing
opening-day performance in the Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament 2017 in Guam, United States.
Led by the trio of Raven Gio Charles Bajar, Andre Gedang and Jared Dylan Salazar, YBC Elite
overwhelmed Guam Chief Warriors, 50 -31, to serve notice of its title aspirations in this prestigious
16 years old and under tournament.
Bajar, a student of Diliman Preparatory School and son of Globalport Batang Pier first
assistant coach Rensy Bajar, mocked all defenders to topscore with 21 points.
Gedang, a student of FEU FERN, and Salazar, a student of Santo Niño de Novaliches School,
ably supported Bajar with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Bajar said the team, which is being handled by coach Eric Salazar, is one of the favorites in
the annual Guam competition.
“This ia a good start for our Youth Basketball Cup-trained selection. The victory over their
Guam counterparts will give the players the confidence they need,” said Bajar, who is set to join
Globalport Batang Pier as part of the coaching staff of veteran coach Pido Jarencio in the PBA.
“It is really a good exposure for these young and talented players to represent our country in
this prestigious basketball tournament in Guam. Hopefully, we can bring the championship back to our
country,” added Bajar, also the founding president of the YBC.
Aside from Bajar, Gedang and Salazar, the other members of the team are Adam Ibrahim Yarkhan,
Earl Nathaniel Garra, Mark Go, Mico Chua, Ken Charles Soliman, Rein Jericho Santiago, Stephen Louis
Panganiban, Kian Jules Cruz, Kurt Juan Del Rosario and Lorenz Gio Dionisio.
The YBC-RP Elite team is supported by Diliman College, led by president Nikki Coseteng,
Gerry’s Grill thru businessman-sportsman Jerome Ngo and Wilson Sia and RB Sports Apparel.