The Philippine Men’s Water Polo team downed Thailand 7-4 to secure it’s first win in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Thursday evening.
Roy Canete was unstoppable at the NCC Aquatic Center, delivering three of the seven goals of the evening.
Aljon Salonga, Vincent Sicat, Mummar Almara, and Juan Paolo Serrano pinched in a goal each to secure the victory.
Tied at one point after the first quarter, the Filipinos strung together three goals in the second then added two more in the third to go up 6-3 and never look back.
The win over the Thais means Philippines is still in contention for the SEA Games gold medal in the men’s water polo event.
Indonesia, who delivered Singapore first loss in SEA Games history, currently tops the leaderboard with 2 wins and a draw, followed by Philippines with 1-1-0 tally.
They will face Malaysia tomorrow for their last match; while Philippines will still have to face Singapore and Malaysia tomorrow and on Sunday.
Since Indonesia is favored to win over Malaysia, Philippines will have to beat Singapore and Malaysia by a higher margin in order to secure the gold.
Meanwhile, in the women’s division, the Philippine women’s water polo team suffered their second loss in the games, losing to Singapore 5-32.
Our women’s team will have to win their second round games to at least secure a silver. They are assured of a bronze already though since there are only three participating nations in the women’s division.