Luckless Aloysius Yapp crashes out of pool quarter-finals

Singapore's Aloysius Yapp, the reigning world Under-19 pool champion, crashed out of the SEA Games 9-ball event after losing in the quarter-finals on June 9, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Singapore's Aloysius Yapp, the reigning world Under-19 pool champion, crashed out of the SEA Games 9-ball event after losing in the quarter-finals on June 9, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Aloysius Yapp, the reigning world Under-19 pool champion, crashed out of the 9-ball event at the SEA Games on Tuesday morning.

The 19-year-old could not find a way past Myanmar's Maung Maung at the OCBC Arena, losing 9-4 after giving away a 4-3 lead.

Yapp started strongly but he would then drop the next six consecutive frames to lose the match.

"I felt like I lost on luck," Yapp said. "I only made two safety mistakes and the balls were in his favour. I couldn't do much even if he made a mistake."

While the youngster's involvement at this Games had ended, the dominance of Peter Gilchrist in billiards continued on Tuesday morning.

After winning two gold medals in early events, the 47-year-old partnered Chan Keng Kwang in the billiards doubles to defeat the Philippines in the quarter-finals.

The Singaporean pair put their foot on the pedal and raced right out of the gates from the start, winning the first frame 101-9. However, their opponents, Reynaldo Grandea and Jefrey Roda, replied by winning the next frame 101-81.

The Filipinos' recovery was short-lived however, as Gilchrist and Chan ended the next two frames at 102-44 and 101-15.

Singapore will now meet Thai duo Praput Chaithanasakun and Thawat Sujaritturakarn in the semi-finals on Tuesday afternoon.

marcusl@sph.com.sg

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