SIBOL’s Alexandre Gabrielle “AK” Laverez lost to Thailand’s Nopparut “Book” Hempamorn in the fight for the Gold Medal in Tekken 7 of the Esports Event in the 30th SEA Games held at the FilOil Arena in San Juan City. Laverez endured grueling matches in the upper and lower brackets before reaching the finals. He defeated fellow SIBOL teammate Andreij Hosea “Doujin” Albar in the lower bracket finals.
Both players used Akuma in Set 1. Hempamorn made quick work on Laverez with a perfect match at first but the SIBOL athlete was able to bounce back in the next game. It was a see-saw battle with Laverez finding his groove clinching the first set.
Hempamorn won the second set in a breeze, while the third set became a grudge match between the two players until Thailand won 3 games to 2. Laverez switched to Shaheen and started the fourth set with a perfect game. The game was tied at 2-2 but Laverez did not give up. Time expired with Laverez leading, giving the Philippines hope for a Gold medal at 2 sets all.
The fifth set saw Hempamorn breezing to 2 games to none, until Laverez won the third game. Unfortunately for the SIBOL athlete, the player from Thailand was just too consistent, clinching the match and the Gold Medal.
It was a heartbreaking loss in Tekken 7 for Laverez, but he was all smiles as he received his Silver Medal along with teammate Albar who got the Bronze. The Medal tally for SIBOL is at 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.