'Bata,' Orcollo continue winning ways in US Open
Pagulayan, Parica and Alcano victorious, too
MANILA, Philippines – Billiards Hall of Famer Efren "Bata" Reyes and Dennis "Robocop" Orcollo continue to sizzle in the 37th Annual US Open 9-Ball Championship on Thursday (Friday in Manila Time) at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Convention Center in Virginia, USA.
The 58-year-old Reyes, top player of Puyat Sports, toppled Darren Appleton of Great Britain (11-10) and Wang Can of China (11-7), respectively, to remain in the winner’s bracket.
Orcollo, Bugsy Promotions’ top gun, had successive victories over Mike Davis of the US (11-5), and Niels Feijen of the Netherlands (11-8).
Thus, Reyes and Orcollo will meet each other in the sixth round of winner's brackets on Friday (Saturday in Manila Time).
"Magandang bakbakan ang pagtatapat nina Efren (Reyes) at Dennis (Orcollo). Isa't-isa ang labanan kung sino ang buwenas ay y'un ang mananalo kasi 9-ball ang event," said Orcollo's long-time manager Ceferino "Perry" Mariano.
"Panalangin lamang natin na Pilipino ang mag-uwi ng US Open 9-ball crown," said billiards patron Aristeo "Putch" Puyat.
Three other Filipino players also stamped their class in the $170,000-tournament.
Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan, Jose "Amang" Parica and Ronato "Volcano" Alcano registered wins against their respective foes.
Pagulayan dismantled Daryl Peach of Great Britain (11-10) and Chang Jung-lin of Chinese-Taipei (11-60 to set a faceoff against Johnny "The Scorpion" Archer of the US.
The 63-year-old Parica, the leader of the Pinoy invasion to the US pool circuit in the mid 80's, edged Raj Hundal of India (11-10) and Earl "The Pearl" Strickland of the US (11-5). He will square off with America’s Jayson Shaw.
Alcano smashed Mika Immonen of Finland (11-4) and Li He-wen of China (11-4). He will slug it out against Shane Van Boening of the US in the next round.
The Filipino US Open 9-Ball Campaign is supported by Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP), Puyat Sports, Bugsy Promotions, Negros Billiards Stable, Hermes Sports Bar and Malungai Life Oil. By Marlon Bernardino