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Team Albay dominates Palarong Bicol

NAGA CITY — Team Albay lorded over for the second year in a row the recently-concluded Palarong Bicol 2012, besting 12 other contingents from all over Region V.

Albay posted an impressive 569 points score, based on the Department of Education official tally.

Delighted by his province’s back-to-back victory, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said two wins in a row should “convince ourselves of the intrinsic strength of the Albayano team”.

The province last year bagged the championship after a medal drought of 24 years, when it hosted the Bicol sports meet at the Provincial Sports Complex in Guinobatan town.

Skeptics branded Albay’s 2011 championship as “nothing but a hometown victory.” This year, however, is clearly different.

“Physical superiority, intellectual superiority and their derivative strength that springs from unity in passion and pursuit of goals, pride of place, competitive spirit and inner character explain it all,” Salceda noted.

The governor had campaigned for a wider support for Albay’s sports program, and had lobbied for a bigger budget for the training, food allowance, incentives and the materials needed by the team to boost their morale.

“With better financial support, there was no doubt Team Albay can bag the championship,” he earlier pointed out.

Albay’s winning score of 569, was higher by 166.5 points over first runner up Camarines Sur with 402.5 points and 265.25 over that of host Naga City which posted 303.25 points and landed a poor third runner-up. Camarines Norte was second runner up with 400.5 points.

Based on the official tally, Team Albay’s highest scores were posted by boys’ elementary and high school players who scored 186 and 143, respectively.

Elementary level athletes, boys and girls, hauled in 310 points in all, and high players bagged 259, for a total of 569 points.

The 2012 Bicol Palaro points standing are as follows: Albay, 569 points; Camarines Sur, 402.5; Camarines Norte, 400.5; host Naga City, 303.25; Legazpi City, 292; Catanduanes, 167.5; Masbate province, 90.75; Sorsogon province, 91; Iriga City, 83.25; Masbate City, 79; Tabaco City, 74.25; Ligao City, 58; and Sorsogon City, 34 points.

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