Roldan Sara has proven his worth to be a member of the Philippine U16 National Team which finished 4th place in the just concluded FIBA Asia U16 Championships in Johor Baru, Malaysia.

The 5’9 guard out of Cagayan de Oro now playing for the San Beda Red Cubs in the NCAA is among the consistent performers for the Nokia-backed U16 national team.

Of course, the team’s heart and soul remains to be Keifer Isaac Ravena, the 5’11 guard and son of former PBA player Ferdinand “Bong” Ravena. Ravena is the team leader but Sara along with Von Pessumal, Cris Tolomia and Jeron Teng has provided able support for the team’s leader.

Sara (standing) with Keifer Ravena (left) and Cedric Labing-isa (right)

Dan Sara started slow in the tournament but began to find his rhythym as the games went on. His 3-point shooting is his main asset. Below are the scores of the teeam with Sara’s numbers in bold.

FOR 3RD PLACE:

Iran 83 – Soheil 18, Fattahi 17, Faghihparvar 16, Mashayekhi 13, Sedighi 12, Ojaghi 7, Abediaraei 0, Khademnamdari 0, Taherikoladooz 0, Monji 0, Behzadi 0, Zangeneh 0

Philippines 73 – Ravena 18, Pessumal 13, Sara 11, Alolino 10, Teng 8, Javillonar 7, Ferrer 2, Pate 2, Tolomia 2, Bantayan 0, Romero 0

QS: 12-15, 37-31, 56-53, 70-70, 83-73 

SEMIFINALS

China 85 – Ju 18, Zhai 15, Wang 13, Guo 11, Zhu 9, Xu 8, Luo 7, Shi 4, Bi 0, Gao 0, Ding 0, Wei 0

Philippines 66 – Teng 18, Ravena 17, Sara 13, Ferrer 6, Tolomia 4, Pessumal 4, Alolino 2, Romero 2, Pate 0, Bantayan 0, Javillonar 0

QS: 15-19, 36-32, 55-47, 85-66

SECOND ROUND

Philippines 60 – Ravena 13, Pessumal 10, Sara 10, Tolomia 8, Teng 7, Pate 4, Romero 4, Ferrer 2, Javillonar 2, Bantayan 0, Alolino 0

Jordan 45 – Al-Ghzawi 18, Kanaan 10, Altaweel 7, Alshami 6, Al Dwairi 2, Al-Syouri 0, Alabbadi 0, Aljarar’ah 0, Abu Ali 0, Jabai 0, Alnaser 0

QS: 17-8, 31-18, 48-29, 60-45

Iran 76 – Fattahi 20, Yousefi 15, Zangeneh 11, Ogaghi 10, Sedishi, 9, Mashayekhi 8, Khademnamdari 2, Faghihparvar 1, Abediaraei 0, Taherikolahdooz 0, Monji 0, Behzadi 0

Philippines 70 – Ravena 26, Pessumal 13, Pate 8, Tolomia 6, Teng 5, Alolino 5, Romero 4, Ferrer 2, Sara 1, Javillonar 0, Bantayan 0

QS: 15-19, 38-26, 59-55, 76-70

Philippines 71 – Teng 16, Sara 14, Ravena 11, Ferrer 10, Pate 7, Pessumal 5, Romero 4, Javillonar 2, Tolomia 1, Alolino 1, Bantayan 0

Syria 57 – Otabachi 20, Rahal 14, Trub 9, Beirakdar 5, Sijjieh 3, Obaysi 2, Baghajati 2, Basel 2, Abfouk 0, Tarakji 0, Al Zain 0, Akksahl 0

QS: 16-16, 29-30, 45-44, 71-57

PRELIMINARIES

RP 76 – Ravena 23, Pessumal 12, Pate 9, Romero 8, Sara 7, Ferrer 5, Teng 5, Alolino 5, Tolomia 2, Bantayan0, Javillonar 0

Kazakhstan 50 – Kurochka 16, Zhigulin 11, Orazov 9, Raguyev 5, Morozov 4, Muxotov 3, Marchuk 2, Chshebak 0, Kalliulin 0, Potapov 0, Remkhen 0

QS: 16-14, 25-24, 49-37, 76-50

RP 62 – Tolomia 27, Teng 9, Ravena 8, Pate 4, Romero 4, Sara 4, Javillonar 3, Alolino 2, Pessumal 1, Ferrer 0, Bantayan 0

Bahrain 45 – Mohammed 15, Hussain Mansoor 14, Subah Husain 7, Ahmed Jamal 7, Hasan Ali, 2, Jasim 0, Sayed Ahmed 0, Mohsen 0, Hussain Salman 0, Naser Yousif 0, Abdulla Jaber 0, Ali Hassan 0

QS: 9-17, 31-28, 44-37, 62-45

Philippines 64 – Ravena 25, Romero 9, Teng 7, Tolomia 5, Sara 5, Ferrer 5, Pessumal 4, Alolino 4, Labing-isa 0, Javillonar 0, Bantayan 0, Pate 0

Japan 59 – Uehara 15, Tawatari 15, Hareyama 14, Tanaka 6, Tano 6, Yamamoto 2, Fujii 1, Hashimoto 0, Aratani 0, Komatsu 0, Kamiyama 0, Shishikura 0.

QS: 5-10, 19-23, 36-38, 50-50, 64-59

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