The Philippines continued its Cinderella run in the Southeast Asian Games Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament after upending favorite Malaysia at FilOil Flying V Centre on Sunday to reach the finals.
Kenneth Jiane “Kenji” Villa, Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno, Carlito “Ribo” Ribo, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castromayor, and Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas are thus assured of at least a silver medal.
Malaysia gave the home side a scare in Game 2 after its Tank-Fighter Masha tried to split-push through the bottom lane, but the Filipinos got back on track as its mage hero X.Borg returned to base.
Malaysia secured the top seed in the group stages but was relegated to the lower bracket after a sweep by Indonesia 2-0 in the upper bracket finals.
The Philippines battles Indonesia in the grand finals at 7 p.m. also on Sunday.
Indonesia is parading a group of players who won the M1 World Championship, the flagship ML:BB tournament organized by game developer Moonton.
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