With the crowd behind them, Sepak is betting too


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Jason Huerte finished the 2017 South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur with a silver medal with his teammates in the men’s sepak takraw recurring event.

This year, Huerte has several chances to turn that second place into gold after the country’s main Sepak takraw player is entered in four events of the 30th edition.

In addition to renewing his partnership for the silver medal with Rheyjey Ortouste and Ronsited Gabayeron, Huerte will also seek victory in hoop shooting, team regu and team doubles.

“I just want to make the most of it, especially with the local crowd who should be clapping – for us,” Huerte said.

Best place

The event kicks off Sunday at the Subic Gymnasium, a venue hailed by Sepak Takraw Federation Inc. General Manager Abdul Kader as the most beautiful sports playground in SEAG history.

Also in the running to turn their silver finish in Kuala Lumpur into gold, the female trio of Mary Ann Lopez, Jean Marie Sucalit and Lheill Lhaina Mangubat hope this time to change their fortunes.

While the Philippines ended up with two silver medals, Thailand and Myanmar asserted their field mastery by compiling a gold-silver-bronze total of 6-1-0 and 4-2-1, respectively.

Emmanuel Escote, John Jeffrey Morcillos, John John Bobier, Metodio Suico Jr., Mark Joseph Gonzales, Joshu Gleen Bullo, Elly Jan Nituda, Christian George Encabo, Joeart Jumawan, Amiel Bardaje, Jonard Eringe and Vince Torno complete the male cast.

Deseree Autor, Josefina Maat, Sarah Jean Kalalo, Allysa Bandoy, Mary Melody Taming and Abegail Sinogbuhan will make up the women’s team.

A group of coaches led by Rodolfo Eco will kick off assistant coaches Gene Mark Saavedra, Esperidon Rodriguez, Romulo Ruedas Jr. and Juan Sioson Alonzo.

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