|Dasmarinas takes home the boys basketball gold. PSC|
By Dugout Philippines
PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan—Dasmarinas salvaged some measure of pride as it topped the sport that mattered most for the Filipinos—basketball—while capping its domination of chess with two more gold medals even as Baguio officially crowned itself back-to-back overall champion at the conclusion of the Batang Pinoy National Finals here on Saturday.
The Monarchs overcame a slow start with a strong finish as they downed the Mariveles, Bataan cagers, 101-85, while Jerlyn Mae San Diego and Mark Jay Bacojo topped the blitz section for 13 to 15 years old girls and boys at the Palawan State U campus.
It was a three-gold sweep by the 14-year-old San Diego, who also reigned supreme in the rapid and premier standard events going into Saturday’s finale, while Dasmarinas as a team went home with a total of six out of the 12 golds staked in this weeklong meet organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and backed by Milo.
Dasmarinas’ other chess golds came from Bacojo (rapid) and Michael Concio (standard).
Dasmarinas didn’t figure in the top five but should be contented with its impressive showing in basketball and chess.
Allan Gabriel Hilario of Pulilan, Bulacan copped the boys’ 12-under blitz mint while Ruelle Canino of Cagayan de Oro claimed her second gold in the girls’ 12-under blitz.
Cagayan de Oro overpowered Iloilo, 108-66, to cap an amazing eight-game sweep of girls’ basketball at Palawan National School.
In the overall team race, it was Baguio which won it all after harvesting a total of 61 gold, 45 silver and 66 bronze medals to crown itself champion for the second straight year.
The Baguio bets, who also topped last year’s Finals in Baguio, sourced most their golds in the martial arts events including 14 in wushu and 10 in Muay Thai.
Cebu City, which was headed by Aldrener Igot, Jr.’s eight-gold sweep of archery, finished second with a 34-34-29 (gold-silver-bronze) haul followed by Davao City (31-24-37), Laguna (27-24-18) and Quezon City (25-25-23), which ended up third to fifth places.
Baguio thus went home with PHP3 million worth of sports equipment from the PSC while No. 2 to No. 5 teams will be given PHP2.5m, PHP2m, PHP1.5m and PHP1m in the form of equipment.
In duathlon, Talisay snared three of the four golds in the run-bike-run event courtesy of James Carlo Flores (boys’ 11-12), Matthew Hermosa (boys’ 13-15) and Moira Eredanio (girls’ 13-15).
Sheika Carpio of Pangasinan took the gold that slipped Talisay’s grasp by ruling the girls’ 11-12 division.
In badminton, Andrea Princess Hernandez of Laguna pocketed two golds in the girls’ 12-under singles and the doubles where she partnered with Rosheila Quitez.
Other winners in the sport were Mandaue’s Gian Arante and Lloyd Erynz Rosema (boys’ 12-under doubles), Jamal Rahmat Pandi of Cagayan de Oro (boys’ 12-under singles), Ethan Josh Dupet and Jhon Carlo Sanchez of Quezon City (boys’ 13-15 doubles), Mikaea Dorega and Kimberly Lao of Malolos City (girls’ 13-15 doubles), Lady Zashca Tuario of Kidapawan (girls’ 13-15 singles) and Allen Penute of Mandaue (boys’ 13-15 singles).
In lawn tennis, Exequiel Mari Jucutan of Pangasinan smashed John Roddick Litang of Davao City, 6-4, 6-1, to capture the boys’ singles gold and then made it a double victory after he teamed up with Kirk Dion Agustin in slamming Miguel Iglupas and Vaughn Tano, 6-1, 6-3, for the doubles gold.
General Santos captured four golds in boxing that came from Jay Larie Lagazo (light bantamweight), Micoh Cholo Alvarez (light paper), Shane Francis Vicente (paper) and Rainer John Antiporna (light pin).
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