Balingaoan dribblers defeated Darapidap 86- 82 to snare this year’s crown of the city basketball youth tourney held at the Civic Center recently.

It was a see-saw battle until the last two minutes when Balingaoan led by tournament Most Valuable Player Jeamel Custodio proved to be steadier in the end.

Darapidap lost was mainly due to injuries of their key players.

Patpata 2nd came in third place after defeating Bugnay.

The two month long tournament was sponsored by the city government headed by City Mayor Ericson Singson which was participated in by all 42 barangays of the city.

“This annual grassroot basketball youth tournament is to give opportunities to our youth to showcase their skills and part of our anti-drug  and anti- vice strategy,” City Mayor Singson said.

City’s Basketball coordinator Michael Casiño said that the tournament created positive impact to the youth.

“Boys as young as 12 are now beginning to aspire to be also in their barangay team,” Casiño said.

For the outstanding players, he said that it is their chance to be selected as varsity players or to solidify their current standing in their respective varsity teams.

Joining Custudio in the mythical 10 selection is his team mate Jordan Custudio, Mark Alexis Gazo (Darapidap), Henson Aquino (Bugnay), Paul Jayson Gironella (San Juan), Mark Brillo (Tablac), Allen Valdez (Langlangca Segundo), Gem Roy Longos (San Isidro), Gerold Galano (Patpata Primero) and Jester Toquero  (Patpata Segundo).

Bugnay was also adjudged as most behaved and disciplined team

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