• 3 Pinoys enter US Open 10-Ball QF

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    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.

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    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.

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