NCR’s Ramiro reigns supreme in men’s single table tennis

Aliss Conol
NCR’s Ramiro reigns supreme in men’s single table tennis
NCR successfully defends their championship in men's singles table tennis as Romualdo Ramiro captures a 3-1 victory against Calabarzon

ANTIQUE, Philippines – And the crown still goes to the National Capital Region (NCR).

Proving once again that they are the powerhouse in table tennis, NCR captured a back-to-back championship in men’s single secondary level 3-1 (12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4) against Calabarzon on Thursday, April 27.

Like a predator hunting for its prey, the 3-time Palarong Pambansa qualifier Romualdo Ramiro had no holds barred in unleashing the beast as he dropped a 7-0 run, sealing the deal with an 11-4 domination during the last set.

Para po sa parents ko, kasi sila po ‘yung inspirasyon ko dito,” the National University student said after the game. (This is for my parents because they are my inspiration here at the Palaro.) 

Tying in a 1-1 set, the 17-year-old athlete fired multiple smashes to force the Batangas-based Alvin Sevilla to commit unforced errors, thereby marking the third set at 11-7.

Sevilla attempted to catch up as he registered two consecutive smashes to set 8-6, finishing up in 11-8 to tie up a 1-1 set. 

GAME FACE. Calabarzon athlete gets ready to set the game as Ramiro of the National Capital Region waits to outrun the former's score during the second set of the finals for secondary boys table tennis singles at the 2017 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

NCR continues its second-streak in men’s single and is looking forward to maintain it. 

Before the finals, Romualdo assured his semis berth as he kicked Region 10’s top gunner with an 11-5, 11-3, and 14-12.

Following his semifinals game, NU’s pride secured his ticket to finals, outlasting Negros Island Region’s (NIR) Niel John Lauren in an 11-6, 11-9, and 11-9 triumph. –

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