Filipino sepak takraw team win hoops event at 2019 Southeast Asian Games
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine sepak takraw team opened their campaign with a double gold medal in the men’s and women’s hoops event of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Sunday, December 1 at the Subic Gym .
The men’s team of Metodio Suico, Jason Huerte, John Bobier, Emmanuel Escote and John Jeffrey Morcillos dominated the competition with a record 670 points.
Cambodia followed with 450 points to secure the silver medal while Laos came third with 430 points.
The Philippines, led by player-coach Deseree Autor, banked on a narrow 670-660 win over Indonesia before crossing their fingers that Myanmar fight for their first-ever gold in the history of the hoop tournament.
Myanmar dominated Laos, 640-420, but fell to 30 points from the hosts’ total score to settle for bronze in the 30-minute sepak takraw hoop category.
Autor was joined by Josefina Maat, Sara Jean Kalalo, Jean Marie Sucalit, Mary Ann Lopez and Abigail Sinugbohan.
The Nationals are vying for at least 3 gold medals out of 6 events for the Sepak Takraw Global Championship after a fifth place at the 2017 games in Kuala Lumpur.
Autor and the rest of her team shoot for another gold in the women’s regular event, where the Philippines settled for bronze in the last edition. – Rappler.com