By Erma Edera
The pins didn’t fall the Philippines’ way as the men’s local bets came up short in the bowling men’s doubles competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday.
Partners Kenneth Chua and Patrick Nuqui crashed to fifth place in the 15-team for a combined total of 2420 pinfalls with the former rolling 1176 and the latter tallying 1244.
The tandem opened the six-game series on top with a combined 477 pinfalls but slowed down in the next five games.
Other Filipino tandem Merwin Tan and Frederick Ong ended up at 9th spot with 2, 384 pins. Ong had 1183 pinfalls while Tan had 1201 pinfalls.
Indonesian bets Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian struck gold after scoring a total of 2592 pinfalls.
Thailand Atchariya Cheng and Surasak Manuwong took the silver with 2564 pinfalls while Tunk Hakim and Rafiq Ismael of Malaysia bagged the bronze medal with 2556 pinfalls.
The Philippine team will try their luck again at the mixed events on Thursday.