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SEA Games: Sibol claims first gold in eSports

By Waylon Galvez

Sibol national team made history in esports competition when the Filipino gamers scored a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Indonesia in the gold medal match in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the 30th Southeast Asian Games late Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.

Sibol gamers Kenneth Villa, Karl Nepomuceno, Jeniel Bata-anon, Carlito Ribo, Angelo Arcangel, Jason Torculas and Allan Castromayor with members of the national team and officials of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union led by co-chairman Jane Jimenez Basas. (Waylon Galvez)

Sibol gamers Kenneth Villa, Karl Nepomuceno, Jeniel Bata-anon, Carlito Ribo, Angelo Arcangel, Jason Torculas and Allan Castromayor with members of the national team and officials of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union led by co-chairman Jane Jimenez Basas. (Waylon Galvez)

Down 2-1 in the best-of-five championship showdown, the team of Kenneth Villa, Karl Nepomuceno, Jeniel Bata-anon, Carlito Ribo, Angelo Arcangel, Jason Torculas and Allan Castromayor came through by winning the next two matches to stun the world champion Indonesians.

“We’re all very happy of course that the Philippines made history, and we’re very proud of Sibol,” said Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union co-chairman Jane Jimenez Basas.

“It was an intense game, the Sibol team was trailing against Indonesia, which has won in the world championship. But our players, they didn’t give up… lumaban sila talaga. Very happy for the athletes.”

Sibol national team celebrates its 3-2 win against Indonesia in the gold medal match of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (Waylon Galvez)

Sibol national team celebrates its 3-2 win against Indonesia in the gold medal match of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (Waylon Galvez)

As a result, the Sibol athletes for MLBB stand to receive cash reward of P2 million from telecommunications backer Smart Communications via the “Get Gold!” project for the SEA Games.

Esports action is ongoing at press time with Sibol aiming for their second gold medal in Dota 2 event with the national team facing Thailand in the best-of-five title series Monday night.

Also in the gold medal round is Hearthstone between Thailand and Malaysia, while Indonesia and Thailand fight for the gold in Arena of Valor.

The finals in Starcraft will be played Tuesday, as well as the single round elimination and medal matches in Tekken 7.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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