Carlo Biado officially ended the Philippines’ 27-year winless streak in the US Open Pool Championship in New Jersey after beating Singaporean Aloysius Yapp, 13-8, on Sunday (PH Time).

Although he was down 3-8, the former world champion and SEA Games medalist managed to win 10 straight racks and secured the esteemed title all for himself. 

“I am lost for words. I feel grateful to be in the final and all the fans have been awesome so thank you. I know I can do it; I am coming back stronger next year,” Biado said after clinching this year’s coveted pool crown and receiving a $50,000 cash prize. 

With this win, the 27-year-old, who is a native of La Union, becomes the first Filipino to claim the tournament’s top spot after Efren “Bata” Reyes in 1994. 

Before facing off with Yapp, Biado battled and overcame Japan’s Naoyuki Oi, 11-9. 

Meanwhile, fellow Filipino aspirant Dennis Orcollo failed to reach the finale after succumbing to Yapp, 11-6, in the semis. 

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