Former world champion Carlo Biado and his partner Johann Chua easily dispatched their quarterfinal rivals from Indonesia — Zen Jefry and Nasution Irsal Afrinneza — with a convincing 9-3 win and moved on to the medal round of the 9-Ball Pool Doubles event for men of the Southeast Asian Games on a rainy Tuesday night at the Manila Hotel.
A veteran campaigner in the world pool circuit, Biado, ranked fourth in the world, stamped his class easily.
On crest of winning his third gold medal in the SEA Games, the man who won the World 9-Ball Championship two years ago is now joining forces with Chua, who is trying to make his mark for the Philippines.
The Filipinos raced to a 5-1 lead and didn’t allow the Indonesians to win back-to-back racks and set the tone in the match.
Another duo from the Philippines — Warren Kiamco and Jeffrey Ignacio — went through the wringer before pulling the rug from under their counterparts from Brunei, M. Murni Ahmad Taufiq and Abu Bakar Muhammad Azim.
The Pinoy tandem was forced to a hill-hill encounter before preserving a tense 9-8 triumph.
Photo from Carlo Biado Facebook