Legendary cue master Efren “Bata” Reyes along with 10 other Filipinos made it to the main draw of the 2017 All Japan 10-Ball Championship being held in Hyogo, Japan.
The former World 9-Ball champion scored victories over Kanji Tokoro (9-5) and Keisuke Hanawa (9-7) in the group stage to secure a spot in the 64-man knockout phase.
Also earning seats in the next round were Johann Chua, Jefferey Ignacio, Warren Kiamco, Jundel Mazon, Carlo Biado, Lee Vann Corteza, Raymund Faraon, Jeffrey De Luna, Mark Mendoza and Antonio Lining who also dominated their respective groups.
Chua toppled Yi King Ling (9-1) and Masahiro Shimano (9-8), Ignacio blasted Atsushi Suzuki (9-5) and Kunihiko Takahashi (9-6), Kiamco outclassed Sanjin Pehilvanovic (9-7) and Masato Asano (9-4), Mazon defeated Lo Ho Sum (9-2) and Riyou Komada (9-2), Biado beat Ryoma Miyagi (9-7) and Kenichi Uchigaki (9-5) and Corteza clobbered Motoki Tsukimura (9-2) and Tomoo Takano (9-6).
Not to be outdone was Faraon who outclassed Kouji Miyatani (9-5) and Minh Phuc Luu (9-4), De Luna who overpowered Bahram Lotfy (9-6) and Sho Tsuken (9-0), Mendoza who ousted Toru Kuribayashi (9-6) and Ryu Seong Woo (9-6), and Lining who trounced Masayuki Kitagawa (9-4) and Masato Yoshioka (9-2).
In the main draw, Reyes takes on Hiroshi Takenaka of Japan while Chua battles Hsieh Chia-Chen of Taiwan, Ignacio faces Shosuke Hamada of Japan, Kiamco meets Yukio Akagariyama of Japan and Mazon tackles Katsuji Teruya of Japan.
The other scheduled matches are Biado versus Sou Oonishi of Japan, Corteza versus Bahram Lotfy of Sweden, Faraon versus Chu Bing Jie of China, De Luna versus Takashi Uraoka of Japan, Mendoza versus Ryu Seung Woo of South Korea, and Lining versus Kouhei Inoue of Japan.
Veteran campaigners Francisco Bustamante and Ramil Gallego as well as newbies Elvis Perez and Hushley Jusayan failed to advance to the knockout stage after suffering two losses in their respective groups.