'Bata' Reyes exits World 9-Ball; 8 Pinoys advance
MANILA, Philippines – Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo and Marlon Manalo stayed alive in the World 9-Ball Championship, but Hall-of-Famer Efren “Bata” Reyes ended his campaign in the competition last Wednesday at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.
Reyes bowed to Nick van den Berg of the Netherlands, 5-11, and failed to advance to the final 32.
“I had an answer on almost every safety he played,” van den Berg told World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) officer Ted Lerner regarding his game against Reyes. “For the rest, I played solid and my break is getting better.”
Orcollo, meanwhile, used his vast experience to beat Cheng Yu Hsuan of Chinese-Taipei, 11-10, in the round of 64. His next opponent is John Morra of Canada, who defeated Nick Malaj of Albania, 11-9.
“At the beginning, he got lucky and I had a few dry breaks. But I just stayed calm and I just waited for my chance,” said Orcollo. “When he missed the seven ball, I knew right there that that was my chance.”
Manalo, on the other hand, defeated Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait, 11-5, to forge a Final 32 encounter against Fabio Petroni of Italy, who advanced after beating Dmitri Jungo of Switzerland, 11-6.
Six more Filipinos advanced to the round of 32 and kept their hopes of earning the $36,000 prize alive.
Lee Vann Corteza defeated Manuel Gama of Portugal, 11-7; Israel Rota beat countryman Mark Antony, 11-8; Antonio Gabica defeated Nguyen Anh Tuan of Vietnam, 11-8; Jeffrey de Luna nipped Niels Feijen of the Netherlands, 11-9; Carlo Biado routed Ralf Souquet of Germany, 11-5; and Ramil Gallego outplayed Enrique Rojas of Chile, 11-8.
Meanwhile, Raymond Faraon bowed to Lo Li Wen of Chinese-Taipei, 4-11, while Alex Pagulayan – who is representing Canada in the tournament – lost to Mika Immonen of Finland, 6-11. -- By Marlon Bernardino