Francisco “Django” Bustamante settled for the bronze medal in the men’s 9-ball singles event of the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia after he bowed to hometown bet Ricky Yang, 9-3, in the semifinal round at the Jakabaring Billiards Arena in Palembang.
Yang took the final four racks to pull away from a 5-3 lead to take the win to advance to the finals of the event.
It was a redemption of sorts for Yang after he lost the 8-ball gold medal to Dennis Orcullo, 7-2, last Monday.
Bustamante, who also sits as the national team head coach, duplicated Orcullo’s bronze medal victory in the 2009 Laos SEA Games in the 9-ball event.
Nevertheless, Bustamante’s loss ended an impressive campaign by the Philippine billiards and snooker team that saw them won three golds, two silvers and four bronze medals.
Iris Ranola swept the women’s event by bagging the eight-ball and nine-ball singles gold while Orcullo took the eight-ball singles crown.
The silver medalist were Rubilen Amit in the women’s 8-ball singles and Francisco Dela Cruz in the men’s carom 1 singles.
Efren “Bata” Reyes captured two bronze medals in the carom 1 and 3 singles while Reynaldo Grandea also took a bronze in the carom 3 singles.