MANILA, Philippines—The Filipino cue artists made an early statement in the billiards competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Carlo Biado and Johann Chua of the Philippines opened their bid in the men’s 9-ball doubles competition on a bright note Tuesday, scoring a 9-2 victory over Malaysians Kok Jken Yung and Muhammad Almie at the Manila Hotel Tent.
After a slow start, Biado and Chua settled down and easily put the Malaysians away, launching the home bid to improve on its two-gold, one-silver, two-bronze medal showing in the 2017 SEA Games.
Biado said the hosts can’t take their rivals for granted, adding that he and his teammates need to focus on the job at hand.
He will also see action in the 10-ball singles. He won the 9-ball singles event two years back but he won’t defend the title, with Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcollo earning the right to see action in the event.
“I lost in the eliminations (for the 9-ball) but that’s OK. Our other players can take care of business,” Biado said.
A few hours later, Jeffrey Ignacio and Warren Kiamco beat Malaysia’s Darryl Chia Soo Yew and Ibrahim Bin Amir 9-3 to join Biado and Chua in the winning column.
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