SEA Games: PHI forces Singapore to 6-6 draw in men’s water polo
Mark Escarlote on Nov 29, 2019 11:05 PM
The Philippine men's water polo team boosted its chances of claiming a silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (Photo courtesy of Evan Grabador)
Almost but not quite.
The Philippines got powerhouse Singapore on the ropes in the first two quarters only to see the defending champions rally in the next two to force a 6-6 draw Friday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s water polo at the New Clark City Aquatics Center.
With the stalemate, the Filipinos now sport a 1-2-0 win-draw-loss record and boosted its chances of claiming a silver medal if it wins convincingly against winless Malaysia on Sunday at the close of the competition.
Coming off a big win the night before, the Filipinos played an inspired first half, building a 4-2 lead after three goals in the second canto.
But the Singaporeans, who has been dominating the sport in the biennial meet with 27 titles, fought back with pairs of goals in the third and fourth periods.
Singapore tied it at 5-5 in the fourth quarter before the Philippines slotted in a goal to regain the lead.
But a late goal by the determined Singaporeans broke the hearts of the upset-conscious home team.
Singapore improved to 1-1-1 card heading into its final match against Thailand on Sunday.
Indonesia, which defeated Malaysia, 14-7, already has the gold medal in the bag after closing its campaign with a commanding 3-1-0 slate. The Indonesians' lone draw came at the hands of the Filipinos after their opening day game resulted in a 6-6 deadlock.
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