NCR shoots up to the top

Thrilling victory. Players from Central Visayas in blue and yellow jersey and Bicol Region (Blue and red uniform) were jockeying for position while waiting for the ball to drop in this bit of action of the Secondary Boys Basketball game in Palarong Pambansa 2018. Central Visayas went to win a the game via 87-85 decision. (Photo by Rommel C. Manlosa)

By Rommel C. Manlosa

 

DAVAO City —  Powerhouse National Capital Region skyrocketed to the top of the team standings after winning 24 gold medals on the second day of competition and improved to 25-19-10 golds, silvers and bronzes tally in the Palarong Pambansa 2019 at the UP Mindanao Sports Complex in Mintal.

Ten golds were won in swimming, nine in Gymnastics, four in taekwondo and two in athletics that put them 13 gold medals ahead of the second running team – Western Visayas Region which had 12 gold medals, seven silvers and nine bronze medals.

Placing third was Southern Tagalog Region-A or CALABARZON region which had 11 gold medals, 11 silvers and 17 bronze medals; placing fourth was Central Luzon which had 10-12-4; Socksargen Region  which won six gold medals in Arnis were at fifth place

With nine golds, five silvers and four bronze, Cordillera Administrative Region which won all its seven gold medals in Taekwondo were at sixth place with 7-4-8 gold-silver-bronze count.

Host Davao Region was yet to win a gold medal but already had five silver medals and 10 bronze medals as well as Zamboanga Peninsula which only won one silver and four bronze medals after two days of competition.

Central Visayas Region is at the 13th place with a gold medal, four silvers and nine bronze medals.

A Central Visayas officials told iNews.Ph that there’s nothing new to their bad start as they have tasted being third, and being at ninth place. But he hoped that their standing would improve as the tournament wears on.

Meanwhile, Algin Gomez of Cagayan Valley won his second gold in the competition after ruling the Triple Jump Competition following a 14.62 meters record.

Alhryan Labita of CALABARZON also won two golds after ruling the 400-meters run and 400-meter hurdles.

Decerie Jane Niala of Eastern Visayas Region became the fastest girl in the meet after winning the 100-meter run for Secondary Girls in 11.98 seconds while Bernalyn Bejoy of Western Visayas pocketed two gold medals after winning the 400-meter run and the 400-meter hurdles.

Meanwhile, Central Visayas secondary Boys basketball team lost a 10-point lead in the second quarter climbed back from a 15-point pit on the third and survived the end game push of Bicol Region to log its first win after losing its debut match following an 87-85 decision at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym.

In the other matches, Western Visayas defeated Northern Mindanao 85-64; and Cagayan Valley trounced Cordillera Autonomous Region

84-62.

In the secondary girls competition’ Central Luzon defeated Eastern Visayas, 74-35, Ilocos Region showed no love for BangsaMoro Region following a 95-20 beatings, National Capital Region whipped Bicol Region 95-36, Central Visayas defeated Caraga Region 70-58, Western Visayas buried Cordillera Autonomous Region with a 66-16 whipping, Cagayan Valley denied Davao Region win a 74-67 decision, CALABARZON beat Zamboanga Peninsula 87-50, Socksargen defeated MIMAROPA 63-47 and Central Luzon scored its second win of the day following a 78-73 win against Northern Mindanao.