Dennis Orcullo defends 9-Ball singles title for another SEAG gold


SINGAPORE – In search of his first major title this year, Dennis Orcullo finally got one in the men’s singles 9-Ball billiards competition in the Southeast Asian Games.

The former World 8-Ball champion and reigning titlist in the men’s singles billiards event had to overcome a slow start before pulling off a come-from-behind victory over Maung Maung of Myanmar, 9-4, at the OCBC Arena Hall 4 here.

The competitor from Myanmar surprised the veteran Orcullo when he raced to a 3-0 lead in the match, which used an alternate break format.

By the fourth rack, Orcullo finally got his rhythm, taking advantage of a good break then won another rack to move closer at 3-2.

Orcullo, ranked No. 10 in the world, then started to flex his muscles, winning seven of the last eight racks to finally put away his less heralded rivals.

It was the fourth gold medal for Orcullo in the SEA Games billiards event.

Billiards was also a big source of medals in this year’s edition of the Games.

The duo of Carlo Biado and Warren Kiamco won the doubles title a few days ago, then rising star Chezka Centeno followed it up with a gold medat feat by ending the reign of compatriot and pool idol Rubilen Amit, who settled for silver.

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