(News Feature)Nike Rise's star shares wisdom to team mates in Dagupan

August 29, 2015 5:27 am 

By Hilda Martin Austria

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 27 (PNA)–Thirteen year-old Kristine Cayabyab, one of two girls who made it to the top 14 of Nike Rise's finals last Aug. 23 at Mall of Asia, now trains her team mates at Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School (JJDVMNHS) here.

With the blessing of her coach Crisanto Aquino, Ms. Cayabyab now imparts her learning in the six- week training program sponsored by sports shoe Nike to other 12 members of their school's women basketball team.

Cayabyab, 5'7" in height, second of five siblings and a native of barangay Herrero Perez in Dagupan City, became a sensation when she impressed no less than NBA superstar Lebron James with her three-point shooting during one of Rise's game in Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

She was the only Rise's player who received a signed basketball from James aside from a minute of close encounter as they play basketball.

"I am so happy because Lebron is a superstar in basketball and I got to play even for just a minute with him", said Cayabyab.

She admitted a lot has changed since she became part of Rise.

"People take pictures with me now and even my family's treatment also changed, I feel so special", said Cayabyab.

Although this is not the case within their basketball team.

"But in our team at JJDVMNHS, it is still the same, there is no special treatment", said Cayabyab.

"We need to be strict to them for their own good", said Aquino.

Aquino said Cayabyab now shares the training to her team mates.

"Before Rise I was not so eager for trainings but I learned its importance especially the discipline for me to become a very good athlete and I am privileged to share it now to my team mates", said Cayabyab.

JJDVMNHS has been the champion in the women's division for four consecutive years in the school leagues in Dagupan City.

"Our trainings focus on running as women tend to lose strength in the game after so much running which became our edge over other teams in the city", said Aquino.

Cayabyab disclosed that after Rise, well- known universities in the country were offering her and her sister Mary Ann, also a basketball player, scholarships.

"I haven't decided yet as I still have four years in high school", said Cayabyab.

Cayabyab, whose mother is a housewife and her father a butcher, started playing basketball at the age of eight in their community's basketball court.

Since then she became a member of her school's team and compete in city level leagues, regional leagues and recently in Junior NBA and Nike Rise.

Aquino said the Cayabyab sisters got free miscellaneous expenses for being part of the championship won by their school team.

"She will be recognized in our forthcoming intramurals", said Aquino.

Cayabyab is an achiever in basketball with awards such as Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year, Rising Star Award in Junior NBA and usual part of the Mythical Five.

"I advised her to be always humble and never let stardome get into her head for her to rise more in this sports", said Aquino. (PNA)

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