CV distaff cagers annihilate Zambo 5

CV distaff cagers annihilate Zambo 5
DOWN. A player from Zamboanga suffers a stomach injury after being accidentally hit by a player from Cebu during their match at the University of San Carlos North Campus Gymnasium on Thursday, July 11, 2024.Clarabelle Sanchez, Junior Journalist

THE Central Visayas girls’ basketball team made an auspicious debut in the 2024 Palarong Pambansa, blasting Zamboanga Peninsula off the map, 99-55, on Thursday, July 11, at the University of San Carlos-North gym in Cebu City.

Central Visayas, which finished second last year in Marikina, aggressively went to the offensive right after the tip-off and never let up all throughout the game.

The tandem of Nadine Labay and Jesrica Kitkat Tenebro led the attack, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Zamboanga tried to stage a series of mini rallies but to no avail.

It was a day of smooth sailing as the defending champion, the National Capital Region (NCR), and Eastern Visayas also scored easy wins.

The NCR basketbelles clobbered Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (Barmm), 103-60, to post their first victory in the Palaro.

It was actually a David-versus-Goliath match, but NCR was compassionate enough to allow Barmm to score after erecting an insurmountable lead in the third quarter.

The NCR cagebelles even cheered every time a Barmm player makes a shot, showing that kindness and camaraderie are also important in sports competitions.

The Eastern Visayas Golden Stingers, on the other hand, also pounced on the Southern Tagalog Calabarzon Heroes, 72-52.

In the only closely-battled game, Ilocos prevailed over Cagayan Valley, 67-64. / Jen Hershe Alterado, Junior Journo

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