5 AGS boys help Batang Alaska Aces team win Batang PBA championship

May 14, 2019
By: 
Len Marallag

(L-R) Andrew Bryce Sanchez, Francis Castro, Gadiel Eric Castro, Siegfrid Sieggy Cajucom, and Juaquin Enzo Gallardo

The Batang Alaska Aces team emerged as champion of the Batang PBA 2019 tournament held last May 10, 2019 at the Araneta Coliseum. Five members of the team are Ateneans, namely (from left) Andrew Bryce Sanchez, Francis Castro, Gadiel Eric Castro, Siegfrid Sieggy Cajucom, and Juaquin Enzo Gallardo. In addition, Andrew Bryce Sanchez was named to the Mythical Five for his exceptional performance in pushing the Batang Alaska Aces to win the championship. Each member of the team was awarded a gold medal during the halftime break of the Game 5 final between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia Hotshots. Gadiel Eric Castro, Siegfrid Sieggy Cajucom, Juaquin Enzo Gallardo and Andrew Bryce Sanchez are incoming Grade 5 pupils while Francis Castro is an incoming Grade 4 student.

The annual Batang PBA tournament is sponsored by the Philippine Basketball Association and is held every summer from April to May. It is participated in by hundreds of boys aged 8 to 11 who train and compete to become part of the kiddie versions of actual PBA teams. One perk of participants is that they get to wear the jerseys of actual PBA players.