NMRAA defeated Western Visayas, 63 – 52 in the elementary basketball boys competition played at the Paleco Basketball Court.
Sharing the limelight were Northern Mindanao batters who blanked Ilocos Region, 11 – 0.
Zamboanga Peninsula Region also started its title campaign on a bright note by beating Ilocos Region, 27 – 29, 26 – 24, 25 – 11 in the opening of the elementary volleyball boys competition.
After dropping the first set, Zamboanga spikers came out strong in the second and final frames to put their team in the winning column.
Davao Region joined Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula in the winning column by besting Caraga Region, 79 – 68 in the secondary boys basketball. But its elementary baseball team lost to Cotabato Region, 1 – 11.
In softball, Northern Mindanao blanked Ilocos Region, 11 – 0, to cop its first victory in elementary softball boys.
Host region MIMAROPA bested Caraga, 13 – 1 in the other match.
The opening day hostilities were frustrating for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as its secondary boys softball and basketball teams dropped their matches.
The dribblers lost to powerhouse National Capital Region, 39 – 91 while the batters bowed to CALABARZON Region, 0 – 10. (Rico Biliran/MindaNews)