SEA Games: Ice cold drink helped calm Orcollo’s nerves in tense 10-ball final

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Dec 10, 2019 01:01 PM
Ice cold drink helped calm Orcollo’s nerves in tense final
“Buti kamo, may Pocari at malamig pa. So tuwing umiinit yung katawan ko, yung batok ko ginaganun ko ng tubig na malamig para maging kalmado ako at magawa ko yung ginagawa ko.” — Dennis Orcollo. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

MANILA — With an intense final against his Vietnamese opponent for the 10-ball singles gold medal, Dennis Orcollo was feeling the nerves.

In a a freezing Manila Hotel Tent, Orcollo started to feel warm, the high stakes slowly overwhelming him.

But as he tried to keep his focus, Orcollo found help in the two bottles he had in his table. One is a mineral water and one a SEA Games sponsored Pocari Sweat. Both drinks were ice cold.

Orcollo started to put one bottle on his nape, keeping him cool and calm against the mounting pressure.

“Sa experience ko, kapag kinakabahan ka umiinit kasi yung katawan,” Orcollo said.

“Buti kamo, may Pocari at malamig pa. So tuwing umiinit yung katawan ko, yung batok ko ginaganun ko ng tubig na malamig para maging kalmado ako at magawa ko yung ginagawa ko,” he added, putting the bottle of Pocari Sweat on his neck even during the interview.

Earlier in the day, Orcollo lost in the quarterfinals of 9-ball singles.

As he recovered for the 10-ball final, it was a test for him on how he can quickly move on. Before he pocketed the final ball against Vietnam, Orcollo let out a final scream.

The 9-8 win for the gold medal was complete.

“Accept lang ng talo, move on. Look forward sa next game di ba?” Orcollo said.

“Kinalimutan ko na yun, meron pa naman akong last match. So nag-practice ako,” he added.

 

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