TEAM Philippines exploded for four goals in the second chukker to score a 13-9 win over Dubai in the Belo Polo Cup 2015 “Battle of the Titans” before on Sunday in Makati.
Though already down a goal before the start of the tournament for carrying a handicap of 17 against only 15 for the visitors, Team Philippines tied the match right away as Argentinean 7-goaler Niño Obregon lived up to his lofty billing in the five-chukker match and came through with a brilliant maneuver for an easy goal.
Team Philippines produced four more goals in the next frame, with Obregon picking up another and also had a hand in one of two goals made by Fil-Am Anthony Garcia to rip the game wide open, 5-1.
Dubai, led by team patron Sam Instone, rallied behind Matthias Zabaleta but the lead was too much to overcome.
Mikee Romero, whose company Globalport helped organize the first 17-goal match in the country in 20 years, capped Team Philippines’ breakaway with a huge shot of his own.
“In a high-level game like this, it is important to have a teamwork and it showed,” said Romero, who finished with three goals. “It was a tough win.”
While it was Obregon who started it all for Team PH, it was Garcia who emerged as the MVP with six goals in the match presented by Belo Medical Group.
Obregon and Miguel Diaz, playing in the country for the second time, had two goals each while Zabaleta paced Dubai with four goals.
In the side event, Sonny Borromeo delivered three goals to power Team Yellow to an 8-2 victory over Team Blue.
Santi Juban and Stuart Tomlinson also shone for the Yellows by chipping in two goals each while Coco Garcia had one but he anchored his team’s solid defense that limited their rivals to only two goals in the four-chukker match.