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PH squash team succumbs to Singapore, takes silver

KUALA LUMPUR – The Philippines pressed fancied Singapore more than what was expected before going down, 1-2, in the finals of men’s team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games squash tournament late Tuesday at the National Squash Center in Bukit Jalil.

After a stunning upset of top seed and hometown favorite Malaysia in the semifinals the night before, the Filipinos just didn’t have enough gas in the tank in their battle against title-hungry Singaporeans, who feasted on the errors of Reymark Begornia and David Pelino in the best-of-3 finale.

The Phippine men's squash team. Camille Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Playing in the opening set, Begornia, the country’s top player, was stale, falling prey often to Singapore Pang Kha Hoe’s drop shots and yielded meekly in straight sets, 1-11, 3-11, 6-11, in under 30 minutes.

“Reymark was tentative and was playing only at 40 percent. That is not his game. I guess he was pressured,” said Filipino-Malaysian coach Bong Valentino.

But the Pinoy racket-wielders kept their hopes up, thanks to the heroics of veteran Robert Garcia, who fashioned a gripping 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 win over Ben Chan in a match that lasted for nearly an hour, paving the way for a winner-take-all rubber match.

Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/30/17/sea-games-ph-squash-team-succumbs-to-singapore-takes-silver

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