NO SUPRISE Davao City keeps stronghold of DAVRAA

No surprises here. Davao City is the region’s hotbed of sports again.

CHAMPS. The Davao City Durians boys secondary basketball team take a team pose after winning the gold medal. KOI CANARIAS

In fact, it seems that no one has ever remembered the last time this city slumped from the top of the table of the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet.

A decade or two, or more? It doesn’t even matter anymore.

Hauling a huge total of 170 gold medals that goes with 125 silver and 59 bronze medals in the 2019 DAVRAA which officially closed on Saturday at the University of Philippines (UP) Mindanao Davao Sports Complex, nothing could go wrong with the Durians.

From the get-go, the powerhouse Durians have been touted to retain the championship. That’s even before the first whistle was blown.

And in just two days of action, the Durians have lived up to expectations soaring way ahead in the overall medal tally.

While the elementary division collected a total of 75-52-24, gold-silver-bronze, the secondary division finished with a remarkable 95-73-35 haul.

Apart from dominating the medal-rich athletics and swimming, Davao City also got more medals from other individual events with the likes of taekwondo, wushu and arnis among others.

The Durians also won several team sports including elementary and secondary basketball, football and volleyball events.

Will this impressive conquest pave the way for the Davraa Eagles to improve its overall ranking in the national level of the same competition? It will be figured out when Davao City hosts the 2019 Palarong Pambansa this April.

Meanwhile, Tagum City finished second with 56-59-47, followed by Panabo City at third with 45-40-51, Digos City at fourth with 26-26-43, Davao del Norte at fifth with 14-21-56, Davao Occidental at sixth with 14-10-27, Compostela Valley at seventh with 10-31-55, Davao del Sur at eighth with 10-19-39, Mati City at ninth with 8-10-15, Davao Oriental at 10th with 7-8-37, and Island Garden City of Samal at 11th with 0-3-13.