Sarawak youth, Abang Afiq Yazid of Malaysia, got off the block with a stunning 279 to lead compatriot, Brandon Ting by 18 pins after the latter rolled 261. Mohd Hafiz Zainuddin and Mohd Uzair Irsyad trailed in third and fourth with 242 and 230.
Mohd Hafiz added 215 in his second game to move into the lead as Abang Afiq suffered a low 171 to slip behind into second. 2017 MILO Masters first runner-up and a fifth Malaysian, Christiopher Tiong and Ting took up third and fourth.
Tiong conitnued his relentless pace to reel of 237 and 249 to end the block in the lead with 1132. 2017 Asian School Masters gold medallist, Tun Hakim stormed home with 224 and 256 to snatch second spot with 1106.
2016 Indonesia Open champion, Ahmad Muaz, who second behind Tiong before the fifth and final game, slipped down to third with 1101.