For 13th year in a row, NCR is champion in Palarong Pambansa

For 13th year in a row, NCR is champion in Palarong Pambansa
WINNING TRADITION. Western Visayas capped off its hosting duties with a third-place finish in the overall tally - right behind second-placer CALABARZON, but well behind still dominant NCR.

SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE – At the end of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa, the National Capital Region will be bringing home fewer gold medals than it did last year.

Still, their haul through one week of competition left everybody else in the dust.

A total of 209 medals, 98 golden, will be going back to Metro Manila as this year’s national meet came to a close.

The final numbers are down by a bit from last year when NCR seized a whopping 104 golds.

Still, this marks the 13th year in a row that Metro Manila has finished atop the leaderboard.

NCR’s last day featured big wins by its secondary boys basketball, secondary girls basketball, and secondary football teams.

Their boys basketball squad made up of players from Chiang Kai Shek College and Adamson High School gave a 27-point whopping, 75-48, to host region Western Visayas.

However, Metro Manila’s secondary girls volleyball team wasn’t as lucky as they were at the wrong end of a come-from-behind win by CALABARZON.

The pride of De La Salle Lipa dropped the first two sets, but then dug deep and rallied to take the gold in five sets.

The secondary girls volleyball win – as well as a secondary boys volleyball win – was part of another successful run for CALABARZON which wound up second-place in the medal count with 41 gold medals and 155 total medals.

Meanwhile, Region VI capped off its hosting duties with a third-place finish in the overall tally.

Western Visayas went farther than expected in secondary boys basketball and secondary girls volleyball as they claimed silver and bronze medals, respectively. Both were part of a total of 107, including 38 gold.

Also in the top 10 are Negros Island (26-27-36), SOCKSKSARGEN (26-22-35), CAR (26-21-21), Davao (22-25-24), Northern Mindanao (20-20-42), Central Visayas (20-18-29), and Central Luzon (15-18-28).

All 18 regions will be bringing home at least one gold now at the end of the 60th annual national meet.

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