SEA Games: Orcollo outlasts Vietnam’s Do for 10-ball gold
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Dec 09, 2019 07:19 PM
Orcollo outlasted Vietnam’s The Kien Do in a marathon 10-ball singles final Monday at the Manila Hotel Tent, pulling off a dramatic 9-8 victory. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
MANILA — Hours after his 9-ball stint ended in the quarterfinals, Dennis Orcollo made sure his 2019 Southeast Asian Games stint was ending with a medal.
The medal he got was gold.
Orcollo outlasted Vietnam’s The Kien Do in a marathon 10-ball singles final Monday at the Manila Hotel Tent, pulling off a dramatic 9-8 victory.
"Masayang-masaya. Talagang di ko akalain na manalo ako," Orcollo said.
"Yung kalaban ko napaka-galing, talagang deserving din siya manalo. Wala ako ginawa kung hindi lang yung experience ko na nagco-compete ako sa ibang bansa. Yun lang, patient lang," he added.
In a back-and-forth that lasted for almost three hours, Orcollo slowly cleaned up rack 15 to take a crucial 8-7 lead.
However, Do took the win back rather quickly, forcing a decider.
In rack 17, Orcollo and Do engaged in an early safetly battle but when the Filipino finally got a favorable layout, it was all over.
Orcollo let out a primal scream before sinking the last 10-ball, securing his gold medal in men’s 10-ball. It was the third gold medal for the Philippine in Billiards in this SEA Games.
"Alam ko na mananalo ako," he said.
"Almost straight din naman eh, mahuhulog ko na yung bola na yun. Sumigaw na ako dahil masayang-masaya ako na panalo na ako," Orcollo added.
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