BARANGAY Leon Garcia Agdao were declared champions after routing barangay Lapu-Lapu Agdao, 41-36 in the championship round of the 1st Davao City Midnight Basketball Cup held Saturday evening at the Davao City Recreation Center-Almendras Gym.

Leon Garcia emerged champion through Marlo Pepito who scored 14 points and MicoDela Peña who drilled in eight points for the team, in the cagefest organized by the Davao City Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO).

The Mark Anthony Luperma-coached Barangay Lapu-Lapu meanwhile settled for the second spot behind Joshua Atis and Mark Viola who scored 13 points and nine points, respectively.

In an interview with Sun.Star Davao, coach Roderick Mahinay of Leon Garcia said that they won because they dedicated a lot of training time to prepare themselves in the tournament.

In vernacular, coach Mahinay said, “We expected to win because we really worked hard for this. The players practiced almost every day for the prestige of our barangay. Everything paid off.”

Coach Luperma of Lapu-Lapu meanwhile said that they were at a disadvantage because of their lack of players but still considered themselves champions for making into the finals.

Trophies and cash prizes were awarded to the winning teams through Ronnel Abrenica of SDD-CMO.

The Mythical Five were Hingo of 21-C, Gildore of 13-B, Abata of Lapu-Lapu and Leon Garcia’s Pepito and Dela Peña. The most valuable player (MVP) award was given to Dela Peña.

Barangay 13-B meanwhile took the third spot after defeating Barangay 21-C in the battle for third, 63-57.