The first half of the game was characterized by intense defense and safety plays from both players. Neither one wanted to give the other an ounce of advantage during game play. Thus, spectators, including The AnitoKid, were in for the treat of their lives. Safety plays that billiards enthusiasts could only dream of doing were the order of the day! Dangerously accurate kick shots and bank shots from Leonardo wowed the audience too! And oh! Bert Pasay’s legendary strong break could be heard a mile away! He really breaks that hard!
In the latter half, each rack was decided by either a run-out by the player breaking or by a miscue, in which the opposing player grabbed the opportunity to finish out the rack. When the score was tied at 9-9, the play began to take a twist. Indeed, the Rattlesnake was all about focus that night. However, a rare miss on the 8 ball got the audience seeing Bert capitalizing on Dodong’s mistake. The pool player from
Bert Pasay was unmindful of his victory, treating it as just a win that needed to be bagged like any other. Dodong, in his three-striped blue polo, maong pants, and Fila rubber shoes, looked stunned. He was silent. Really silent. He briefly glanced at me with a confused and bewildered look. All I could do in return was tap my hand against my chest and point to him in a gesture of triumph. He had nothing to be ashamed of. It was just an unlucky break for him on that 8 ball. And everyone knew that it has been more than a year since he last played a match because of his illness. Dodong really put on a great show that night, reminding everyone why he is billed as The Rattlesnake! And I kid you not!
Leonardo "Dodong" Andam
aka The Rattlesnake
Birthdate: August 15, 1958
Current Residence: Taguig City
7th-24th Place, 2007 BSCP National Pool Championships
33rd-48th Place, 2006 BSCP National Pool Championships
65th-96th Place, 2006 World Pool Championship
1st Runner-up, 2005 Philippine International Open
Champion, 2000 SMB Match of the Masters