Dennis Orcollo squeaks past Vietnamese foe to win 10 ball gold

Dennis Orcollo added to his Southeast Asian Games gold medal collection as he ruled the Men's Singles 10-Ball event with a 9-8 victory against Do The Kien of Vietnam, Monday night at the Manila Hotel Tent.

The veteran Orcollo was the steadier competitor in the end even as he was pushed to the limit by Do. The match was at hill-hill with Orcollo breaking in Rack 17. The Filipino had an opening with the 1-ball but decided to play it safe. Do responded with a two-rail kick but Orcollo had another easy safety to give back to his opponent. The Vietnamese had a legal hit on the 1-ball but he left the upper right pocket wide open.

With the table wide open, Orcollo took full advantage as he sank ball after ball, celebrating after making the 9 as he knew the shot to the 10 was elementary. It was a great bounce back for Orcollo after being eliminated from the Men's Singles 9-ball event earlier in the day.

It was not an easy win by any means for Orcollo as he found himself in some trouble in Rack 11 with the score tied at 5-5. The 40-year-old Filipino cue artist fluked in the 1-ball to the side pocket but he did not call it, which is a requirement in 10-ball, allowing Do to take the lead.

However, being the veteran that he is, Orcollo called a timeout as he stepped away from the table to gather his wits. This ploy worked as the Filipino won the next two racks, capitalizing on a Do missing an easy 3-ball in Rack 12 and scratching on a 1-ball in Rack 13.

Do managed to stay in the game as he capitalized on Orcollo's struggles with his breaks but the Filipino simply had more tricks left in the bag as he outmaneuvered the Vietnamese to add another gold to the tally of the host country.

The gold was Orcollo's fifth overall in the SEA Games and first in 10 ball. He now has gold medals in 8 ball, 9 ball and 10 ball singles events.