Three Filipino cue masters barged into the quarterfinals of the 2017 US Open 10-Ball Championship being held at the Griff’s Activity Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Veteran international campaigners Lee Vann Corteza, Alex Pagulayan and Warren Kiamco posted two more victories to keep their title bid alive in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Corteza halted the bid of unheralded Singaporean player Sharik Sayed (9-5) in the third round then cruised to an easy 9-2 win over American Justin Bergman in the fourth round.
Pagulayan also sizzled in his next assignments, blanking American Billy Thorpe in the third round (9-0) and routing Karl Boyes of Great Britain in the fourth round (9-3).
The Guangzhou Asian Games silver medalist Kiamco, on the other hand, banked on his experience to survive Vilmos Foldes of Hungary in the third (9-8) and Mario He of Austria in the fourth (9-8).
However, Kiamco and Pagulayan will be facing each other in the quarterfinals of the tournament which offers a total prize fund of $84,000 with the champion getting $15,000 and the runner-up receiving $8,000.
Corteza, for his part, battles seasoned player Shane Van Boening of the United States.
Van Boening toppled his compatriot Skyler Woodward in the third round (9-6) and former world champion Ralf Souquet of Germany in the fourth (9-6).
Roberto Gomez was relegated to the loser’s bracket after losing to Bergman in the third round (6-9).
But Gomez is still in contention following his victories over American Donny Mills (9-4) and Sayed (9-8) in their do-or-die games.
Gomez will face He in another rubber match.
Legendary cue master Francisco Bustamante and Dennis Orcollo were booted out of the tourney after suffering two consecutive defeats.