PAMPANGA and Bulacan led opening day winners in the juniors division of the Region 3 Basketball Association (R3BA) at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
Rafael Pagalinan and Miko Santos had 16 points each as Pampanga defeated Olongapo, 106-76, as Angelito Oraye had 11 points, and Bulacan defeated Tarlac City, 74-69.
Miguel Pangilinan had 12 points, while Ren Canlas and Vince Icban chipped in 10 points each for Pampanga.
In the seniors division, Tarlac City defeated Meycauayan City, 79-77.
Eight local government units in Malolos City, Bulacan, City of San Jose Del Monte, Meycauayan City, Tarlac City, Olongapo City, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga are participating in the juniors and seniors division of the tournament organized by Malolos mayor Christian Natividad with support from Pampanga vice governor Dennis Pineda.
The juniors division is an 18-under tournament, while the seniors division is for players under-23.