Huey, Gonzales dethrone Alcantara, Patrombon for SEAG men's doubles gold

Published May 21, 2022, 1:07 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales dethroned teammates Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon, 6-4, 6-1, in the tennis men’s doubles of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

File photo from Treat Huey’s Instagram

Huey and Gonzales dictated the pace throughout the match, pulling away from a 3-1 lead in the first set and a 4-2 advantage in the second frame en route to the gold medal.

It was a revenge of sorts for Huey and Gonzales, who settled for the silver medal in the 2019 edition at the expense of Alcantara and Patrombon.

Playing as top seeds in the biennial meet, Huey and Gonzales earned a bye before crushing Malaysians Koay Hao Shen and S Naguib, 6-2, 6-2, and Vietnam’s Pham Minh Tuan and Trinh Linh Giang, 6-4, 6-2.

Alcantara and Patrombon, for their parts, were unseeded in the tournament despite having won the gold in 2019.

They pounced on Cambodians M Krusling and Samneang Long, 6-2, 6-1, stunned third pick Muhammad Fitriadi and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia, 6-1, 7-5, and downed Vietnamese Le Quoc Khanh and Nguyen Van Phuong, 6-4, 6-2, to arrange a finals matchup with Huey and Gonzales.

The PH tennis team capped off its campaign with one gold, one silver and four bronze medals to slightly improve its one-gold, one-silver, two-bronze haul in the 2019 edition.