Showing splendid performance at the court, St. Robert’s International Academy Panda Rockets emerged victorious in the 15-Under boys category of the 2022 Iloilo Schools Development Basketball Tournament at the Ateneo de Iloilo covered gym.

The John Guanco-mentored Panda Rockets delivered the killer blows down the stretch as they outlasted Hua Siong College of Iloilo Red Phoenix, 80-67.

Steeping up his game, Gian Carlo Gamala contributed to the team’s victory and was named Most Valuable Player. Kyle Nino Sardon, moreover, was included in the Mythical 12.

It was not an easy win for the Panda Rockets as they faced powerhouse teams before the finale. They eliminated Integros, while the Red Phoenix overpowered Iloilo Sun Yat Sen High School in the semis.

But with good momentum, the Panda Rockets swept all their group matches against Sun Yat Sen, Central Philippine University Golden Lions, University of San Agustin and PAREF Westbridge.

The championed team was composed of Kenjie Caro, Shuya Constantino, Jester Dula-ogon, Fernando Gadong, Skylze Gadong, Shaun Gumela, Samuel Madison, Michsan Onate, Patrick Pacheco, Jimuel Paredes, Lorenzo Robles, Paul Santome, and Carl Suganob.

According to sportsman Bayani Ladrido who also organized the event, collaboration and cooperation among the teams, officials and coaches are the keys for the successful event.

“All wanted a school games run by the schools so we gave it to them. We’re happy to note that it was orderly done and sportsmanlike behavior was observed by all teams. We are looking forward to the 17U division,” he added.IMT Sports