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2017 SEA Games

Powerhouse Singapore shakes off gallant Philippine stand

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Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Powerhouse Singapore shakes off gallant Philippine stand 2017 SEA Games News Water Polo  Reynaldo Salonga Reynaldo Galang Mummar Alamara Mark Valdez 2017 SEA Games - Water Polo

Twenty-six-time champions Singapore survived the upset-seeking Philippines, as it narrowly won 7-5 in men’s waterpolo tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games, at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

A spirited Philippine squad raced to a 2-0 lead early in the opening period behind goals from Mark Valdez and Reynaldo Salonga to shock mighty Singapore. Valdez connected again as the second period began to put the Philippines ahead at 3-1.

From there, the championship experience of the Singaporeans took over, as they capitalized on their counterattack offense to quickly score four goals and give themselves a 5-3 lead at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Mummar Alamara and Salonga each scored a goal to keep the Philippines within one, with Singapore still up 6-5. However, confusion between the referees stopped the momentum of the rampaging Filipinos, as a visibly upset coach Reynaldo Galang was calling for fair play.

Singapore eventually scored a goal to silence the Filipinos and deal them their second loss in three games.

The Philippines still has a shot at its podium-finish goal, but will have to wait for the results of the games tomorrow. They are set to play their final match against Indonesia in the single round-robin tournament this August 20, 9:00am.

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Aldo is an ultimate sports enthusiast who watches and plays a multitude of sports like basketball, volleyball, swimming and water polo. His heart bleeds blue as he graduated in Jesuit institutions and is currently employed in one. Purefoods (or whatever name they call it now) in the PBA and the LA Lakers in the NBA are his favorite basketball teams.

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