Corteza, Basas Settle for Silver in SEA Games Pool

DAVAO CITY bets Lee Vann Corteza and Mary-Ann Basas failed to deliver more golds in billiards in the 24th Southeast Asian Games at the Sima Thani Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday.

The 28-year-old Corteza, prize fighter of Jonathan Sy's Negros Billiard Stable (NBS) bowed to Indonesian Ricky Yang, 11-8, in the 9-ball pool finals while Basas yielded to Santhinee Jaisuekul of Thailand, 4-3, in the finals of Women's 6 Snooker Singles.

Antonio Gabica earlier bowed to Yang in the semis, 11-7, that averted what should have been an all-Filipino duel for gold.

Gabica, however, settled for the bronze after beating Chan Kwen Kang of Singapore, 11-7, in the battle for third.

Iris Ranola also bagged the bronze medal in the Women's 6 Snooker Singles after beating Ekmongkhon Nicha Pathom of Thailand, 4-3.

Jaisuekul earlier beat Ranola, 4-0, to arrange a titular showdown with Basas, who also posted a similar 4-0 victory over Pathom.

The Filipino poo players finished with three (3) golds, two (2) silvers and four (4) bronzes in Thailand.

The gold medals in billiards came from Gabica and Marlon Manalo in the Men's 9-Ball Pool Doubles, Ronato Alcano in the Men's 8-Ball Pool Singles and Rubilen Amit in the Women's 9-Ball Pool Singles.

The other bronzes came in the Men's Snooker Doubles and in the Women's 8-Ball Pool Singles.

Gold: Marlon Manalo and Antonio Gabica (Men's 9-Ball Pool Doubles)
Gold: Ronato Alcano (Men's 8-Ball Pool Singles)
Gold: Rubilen Amit (Women's 9-Ball Pool Singles)
Silver: Lee Vann Corteza (Men's 9-Ball Pool Singles)
Silver: Mary-Ann Basas (Women's 6 Snooker Singles)
Bronze: Antonio Gabica (Men's 9-ball Pool Singles)
Bronze: Iris Ranola (Women's 6 Snooker Singles)
Bronze: Benjie Guevarra and James Al Ortega (Men's Snooker Doubles)
Bronze: Rubilen Amit (Women's 8-Ball Pool Singles)