Kiamco, Biado contribute to PHI gold collection in 9-ball doubles
Mark Escarlote on Jun 07, 2015 08:01 PM
Warren Kiamco and Carlo Biado add another gold medal to Philippines' coffer.
SINGAPORE --- Lady Luck smiled on Warren Kiamco and Carlo Biado in the crucial 14th rack and the Filipinos ran away with the gold medal defeating the Vietnamese duo of Hoang Quan Do and Anh Tuan Nguyen, 9-6, Sunday in the 28th Southeast Asian Games men’s 9-ball doubles finals at the OCBC Arena Hall 4 here.
The Vietnamese missed the No. 1 ball in the corner pocket after eating through the Filipinos’ three rack lead to close the gap at 6-7.
Kiamco and Biado, who will also compete in the singles 9-ball Monday, cleaned the rack before finally escaping with the country’s fifth gold overall.
“Malaking error sa kanila yun. Kasi kung nakuha nila yun magsi-7 all talagang dikdikan na ang magiging laban kasi kapag kami ang nag-break kailangang may mahulog sa break naming. At saka kung may mahulog man kailangang naka-benta yung uno,” said the 45-year-old Kiamco.
The Filipinos went up, 2-0, but Biado missed sinking the No. 3 ball to the side pocket and gave the Vietnamese the chance to clean up and threaten at 2-1 and level at 2-2.
But Biado made up for that miscue and pocketed No. 5 off the break for the fifth rack which they took for a 3-2 lead. The Vietnamese, however, were stubborn. They took rack No. 6 to tie the match anew at 3-3.
The seventh rack was a complicated battle of safety shots which the Filipinos won but the Vietnamese fought back with a 1-9 combination in the 10th rack for a 6-4 count.
After Kiamco sank Nos. 1, 4 and 5 on the break, Biado fouled the No. 2 ball giving Vietnam the opportunity to threaten at 6-5.
The Vietnamese scratched and gave the Philippines a 7-5 edge, only to walk the tightrope anew after a dry break by Biado, 7-6.
“Kanina na-dry break ako kasi pine-perfect ko yung break,” Biado, the world no. 1 ranked cue artist, told reporters.
“Importante talaga yung break. talagang yun ang (susi) sa panalo. Kasi kapag nag-dry break ka mahirap lalo na’t alternate break,” Kiamco added.
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