Top guns fall Biado, Hohman sent to losers' side; other Pinoys advance-A A +A
Thursday, September 4, 2014
BIG names like Carlo Biado of the Philippines and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany were sent to the losers' side as top Filipino favorites Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante and Davao City's Lee Vann Corteza kept their fiery form to stay alive in the Sarangani Cong. Manny Pacquiao-sponsored MP Cup GenSan Tuna Festival International Open 10-Ball Tournament Wednesday night.
Biado, currently men's World No. 5 in the World Pool Association (WPA) ranking, succumbed to Laguna bet Michael Feleciano, 3-9, while 2013 World 9-Ball champion Hohmann lost to Davao City's Lauro Bongay, 7-9, at the jampacked Pacman Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Tambler Village, General Santos City.
World No. 9 Hohmann, however, bounced back by escaping past former Sun.StarSuperbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge titlist Val Pajuay of Davao City, 9-7, in the losers' bracket of the alternate-break format $30,000-rich 10-Ball singles event sanctioned by WPA.
Feleciano, thus, set up a third round clash against Johann Chua, a 9-4 winner over Cheska Centeno while Bongay arranged a match-up with 2007 World 9-Ball runner-up Roberto "Superman" Gomez of Zamboanga City who edged Horace Angor, 9-7.
Defending champion Corteza, ranked World No. 6, outclassed Raul Cabilin, 9-7, to next play against Cebu City native Warren Kiamco who tormented Abdullah Alaneri, 9-4.
Reyes whipped Ken Jen Tuboso, 9-3, while Bustamante also won on the same note over Rolly Tullao. Reyes' next assignment is Jundel Mazon who survived Tommy Dato-on, 9-7, while Bustamante takes on Jordan Legaspi, a 9-6 victor over Digos City's Oliver Villafuerte.
Surigaodel Sur's Dennis Orcollo, who joint efforts with Corteza, Biado and Rubilen Amit to annex the silver medal in the World Pool Team Championship in Beijing, China last month, breezed past veteran Rodolfo Luat, 9-3, to collide with Patrick Gonzales who overwhelmed Bernardo Jastillana, 9-4.
South Korean Ga Young Kim edged Edwin Gamas, 9-8, to meet Jerico Banares.
German Ralf Souquet thrashed RuelitoF ajardo, 9-0, to next battle Romeo Silvano who bested I. Sumundong, 9-6.
Dabawenyo Christopher Alanunay, however, fell at the hands of Manila's William Millares who arranged a face-off with Resty Labastida who defeated Ruben Cuna of Davao City, 9-6. The latter upset former World 9-Ball champion Fil-Canadian Alex Pagulayan in the opener, 9-5.Pagulayan recovered yesterday by beating Raymund Faraon.
Canadian John Morra also shared the limelight via a 9-4 triumph over Reynaldo Lariba, Jr. of Davao City to test the mettle of Roberto Ancheta.
Cagayan de Oro City's Demosthenes Pulpul also stayed alive after subduing Warren Nenguito, 9-7, to go up against Jeffrey Ignacio who downed Arnulfo Ejida, 9-5.
Tournament manager Edgar Acaba, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said the gym is packed from morning to evening.
"Masaya dito, andaming tao. Libre lang kasi ang admission," Acaba said.
He, however, added that more spectators will crowd the venue when the Open 10-Ball Doubles opens on Sept. 10 as Cong. Pacquiao and partner Marlon Manalo will compete against the best pairs of the country and other parts of the globe. The doubles event offers a total purse of $100,000 with the champion pair winning $40,000.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 05, 2014.