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Pinoys sweep Asian Tour after Malicdem brushed aside Lim in the final event

Noel Malicdem capped off his magnificent Asian Tour by making it an clean Filipino sweep in the event 12 final. Kevin Estrada/Dugout Philippines
By Kevin Estrada

PASIG -- Pinoy darts ruled supreme once again to cap off the final stop of the inaugural PDC Asian Tour, after Noel Malicdem brushed aside Singaporean legend Paul Lim, 5-2 in the event 12 title match Sunday evening here at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom.

Set to debut in his first-ever World Championship in two month's time, the 40-year-old completed the Filipino sweep by hitting six 140s and 3 maximums en route to average 99.7 in the final match of the tour, after starting it by hitting the first nine-darter in the very first final last March.

Earlier in the last 16, Malicdem broke Seigo Asada's three-dart average record in the tour by hitting 110.5 to whitewash Ryan Ocampo 5-0.

The Slinger prevented another all-Filipino final after getting his revenge on Lourence Ilagan with an identical 5-3 score in the other semifinal, after getting the job done on the eighth leg after seeing his 4-1 lead evaporate after the Gunner fired back with two legs to mount a comeback.

Lim also came from 0-2 down to level the match at 2-2 against Malicdem, but the Gentle Giant of Marikina will not be denied by winning the final three legs, including a title-clinching 104 much to the delight of the Filipino crowd.

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