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    'Bisdak' tennis pair Alcantara, Patrombon strike gold in doubles

    Dec 7, 2019
    PHOTO: Freddie Dionisio

    FRANCIS Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon beat Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey, 7-6 (6-2), 7-5, to win the men's doubles gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games tennis competitions on Saturday.

    The unseeded pair of Alcantara and Patrombon outlasted their top-ranked compatriots in a close match before a capacity crowd at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center that featured exciting exchanges and a thrilling finish.

    Both teams exchanged breaks in the second set before Alcantara and Patrombon, known in the tennis circuit as 'Bisdak' due to their Mindanao roots, pulled ahead, 6-5, and got to matchpoint at 0-40, only to see Gonzales and Huey forced deuce.

    Alcantara fell to the hardcourt in glee as Patrombon hugged him when Gonzales netted a forehand volley return at matchpoint.

    It was the first gold medal for Alcantara and Patrombon in the SEA Games.

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      “Sobrang happy and thankful. Kudos to Treat and Ruben, they played really well, too. Alam naman natin sa finals, isa lang mananalo and luckily we won,” said Alcantara.

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      “Sa umpisa, nape-pressure din kami,” Patrombon said. “Maski teammates namin kalaban namin, nakaka-pressure pa rin. First time namin mag-finals."

      Alcantara and Patrombon were already up, 3-1, in the second set after a break but Huey and Gonzales responded with a break of their own to set up the tight finish.

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