HANOI — Philippine billiards has gone previous profitable the golds medals within the thirty first Southeast Asian Games right here. It is now within the enterprise of placing up a present.
On Friday evening, its finest gamers led by legends Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante headlined exhibition matches after a deluge of requests from native followers right here.
And there’s completely nothing incorrect with the sideshow. The Philippine group can sleepwalk via its final two finals matches and nonetheless win the gold within the males’s and ladies’s 10-ball occasion after making the hunt for gold in each title matches an all-Filipino affair.
“We are really thrilled by our performance here,” mentioned group supervisor Roy Malinao after pool stars Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno breezed via their girls’s semifinals, and Carlo Biado and Johann Chua did the identical within the males’s bracket.
Amit and Centeno conflict at 10 a.m., Saturday whereas Biado and Chua sq. off in a rematch of their 9-ball remaining at 2 p.m. No matter what occurs in each matches, the Filipino pool sharks will go dwelling with 4 gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes.
The presence of the nation’s prime pool gamers heightened the game’s reputation right here as folks would replenish the Ha Dong Gymnasium, particularly each time Reyes took centerstage.
That made the choice to repay the adoring followers a no brainer, thus the pleasant matches.
Former world champion Reyes and Biado have been paired up whereas Bustamante, additionally an ex-world titlist, and Chua joined palms enjoying in opposition to totally different native tandems.
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