|Region 5’s Paolo Isidoro against Melbert Icoy of Region 11 during the sepak takraw finals of the PRISAA Collegiate National Games held at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sport Complex Zamboanga City on Thursday.
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Central Visayas bets held off a late rally by Davao to come out as the winning contingent at the close of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Collegiate National Games at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex here Thursday.
Although no overall championship was at stake, Central Visayas (Region 7) athletes were the best among the 16 delegations that participated in PRISAA with a medal haul of 70 golds, 53 silvers, and 67 bronzes.
In a 2-way battle between the two regions that wasn’t decided until the last competition – men’s basketball – Davao (Region 11) performers settled for runner-up honors with a medal haul of 66 golds, 59 silvers, and 42 bronzes.
Region 4-A spoiled Davao’s bid to rule the Games with a 82-75 win over Region 11 dribblers to bag the championship.
Had the Davaoeños won, the 5 golds awarded for the event would have put them one up over Region 7 since team event golds are determined by the number of players on the court.
Region 6 took third (58-59-79), Region 4-A fourth (58-43-47) and Region 5 fifth (13-12-23).
PRISAA national chairman Dr. Emmanuel Angeles was not present at the final day of the Games but issued a statement thanking Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat and the athletes and officials who took part the 6-day sports showcase.
“Once again, on behalf of the PRISAA national board, we would like to thank Mayor Lobregat and the city of Zamboanga for being gracious and hospitable hosts once again of the Games for the past six days,” Angeles said.