2012 WORLD 9-BALL IN QATAR: REYES, BUSTAMANTE, ORCOLLO, ALCANO, CORTEZA IN GOOD START
By Marlon Bernardino
Mon, 25 Jun 2012
FILIPINO billiards master Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Dennis "Robocop" Orcollo, Ronato "Volcano" Alcano and Lee Vann "The Slayer" Corteza won their opening matches to lead the charge of the Pinoy favorites of the 2012 World 9-ball Championship at the beautiful Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar on Monday.
Reyes beat Phillip Stajanovic of Croatia, 9-3, in Group 1; Bustamante waylaid Lo Li-wen of China, 9-7, in Group 9; Orcollo trounced Ali Saeed Alsuwaidi of UAE, 9-6, in Group 15, Alcano nipped Toh Lian Han of Singapore in Group 13 and Corteza subdued Ivica Putnik of Coatia, 9-0, in Group 14.
Other notable cue artists who also won their firts round matches are Ramil Gallego who beat Sundee Gulati of UAE, 9-6, in Group 2; Jundel Mazon dealt Chris Melling of Great Britain, 9-7, in Group 3; Carlo Biado blasted Rajandra Nair of India, 9-1, in Group 4; Roberto Gomez whacked Takht Zarekani of UAE, 9-6, in Group 10 and Antonio Gabica clobbered Andrea Klasovic of Croatia, 9-4.
Meanwhile, Elvis Calasang stay alive in the loser's side by whipping Kuo Yi Pe of Chinese-Taipei, 9-8, as well Joven Alba prevailed over Henrique Correia of Portugal, 9-4, and Israel Rota smashed Lee Wan Su of Korea, 9-4.
Oliver Medenilla was booted out in this tournament after losing to Lo Li-wen, 9-3, in the loser's side while Raymond Faraon and Joven Alba still kicking.
A total of 128 of the best pool players from over 50 countries, who are vying for $300,000 in prize money, with $40,000 going to the eventual winner.
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