SINGAPORE — Dennis Orcollo is happy to again win a gold medal, and pleased to get back at the player that prevented the Philippines from taking a 1-2 finish in the 9-ball singles in the Southeast Asian Games.
The 36-year-old Orcollo defeated Maung Maung of Myanmar, 9-4, recovering from a 3-0 deficit to win the gold medal against a 17-player field in the 9-ball event.
Maung was the one who dashed the Philippines’ hopes for a gold-silver haul, beating Carlo Biado, 9-6, in the semifinals.
A Biado win in that match would have duplicated what Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit accomplished in the women’s 9-ball.
“Of course, gusto ko finals (kaming dalawa) para sure,” Orcollo said on Thursday.
Biado, who earlier won gold in the men’s 9-ball doubles with Warren Kiamco, failed to reach the singles finals after Maung took the final three racks.
“Ginawa niya ’yung makakaya niya pero minalas din siya sa bola,” Orcollo said. “Nasa kuwarto nga kami sabi ko expected ko na pareho kami nasa finals para at least sure gold win na. Nalulungkot nga rin ako dahil instead na sweep natin ‘yung tournament, nasilat pa. Maganda rin naging pocketing ng bata.”
Nevertheless, Orcollo is glad that the Philippines will go home with three gold medals in billiards and snooker.
“Masaya ang team para sa bansa,” said Orcollo.