Richard Smith (24) of the Detroit team is double-teamed by players of the Montreal team as he tries to post up under the basket.
Richard Smith (24) of the Detroit team is double-teamed by players of the Montreal team as he tries to post up under the basket.
Two outstanding Filipino-American players have disclosed their plan to travel soon to Manila to try out with teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The two players – Justin Melton and Richard Smith – were members of the Michigan team (Synergy) that competed in the Philippine Inter-City Basketball of North America (PIBNA) tournament held last Labor Day weekend at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Melton and Smith demonstrated remarkable basketball talents when they played against teams in the open division of the PIBNA tournament.

Melton, who stands six feet and two inches, impressed the spectators with his blinding speed, sneaky moves and excellent dribbling skills. He spearheaded the offense of the Michigan team coached by Jonas Pozon.

Smith, 24 years old, stands six feet and seven inches and weighs 260 pounds. A professional basketball player who played last year in Indonesia, Smith is an efficient, behemoth center who uses his heft and height to the hilt to control the shaded area.

Melton resides in Hampton, Virginia, US. His father is an American, while his mother is Cecilia Fortez, a Filipina who is from Pampanga, Philippines.

Smith, who was born in Subic town, Zambales, Philippines, resides in Seattle, Washington. His father is an American, and her mother is Beth Pilorin, a Filipina.

Both Melton and Smith dream of becoming members of the Philippine national team in the near future.
Coach Pozon is helping the two top Filipino-American players in pushing their bid to try out with PBA teams.