MALAYSIA’S erratic form in the men’s snooker team final enabled Thailand to pot the gold medal with an easy 3-0 win at the Sima Thani Hotel in Korat yesterday.
After stunning defending champions the Philippines 3-0 in the semi-finals, the Malaysians failed to rise to the occasion against the Thais and manager Melvin Chia See Onn said that the team just froze against their more composed opponents.
“They played well in the earlier rounds but nothing seemed to go right for our boys in the final. The Thais were better and deserved the gold,” he said.
Moh Keen Hoo started off badly, going down 38-61 to Janthad Pramual in the opening frame. Thailand’s seasoned hand Phaithoon Phonbun increased the lead for his side with a 78-51 win over Yong Kien Foot.
The Thais clinched the tie with Phaithoon pairing up with Noppadol Sangnil to beat Keen Hoo and Kien Foot 61-2.
Singapore took the bronze medal.