• ‘Bata’ bags first title for 2016

    Efren “Bata” Reyes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Efren “Bata” Reyes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Former world champion Efren “Bata” Reyes copped his first title this year after topping the Accu-Stats One Pocket Invitational Tournament held at the Simonis Arena in Edison, New Jersey in US.

    The 1999 World Pool 9-Ball Championship winner posted a thrilling 4-3 win over American Shane Van Boening in the best-of-seven championship showdown.

    Reyes, also known as The Magician, unleashed his old deadly form in the early goings to grab a commanding 3-1 lead.

    The Filipino legendary cue master, however, made crucial errors in the succeeding games, allowing the American bet to tie the series at 3-3.

    But Reyes regained his composure with powerful break and impressive ball placing in the deciding Game 7 to win the match.

    The 61-year-old Reyes pocketed the $5,000 champion’s purse while Van Boening earned the $4,000 consolation prize.

    Reyes secured a spot in the finals as he finished with a 4-1 card in the elimination round.

    He defeated Reyes Americans Danny Smith (4-2), Tony Chohan (3-1), Jeremy Jones (3-0) and Van Boening (4-2). His lone defeat was delivered by compatriot Alex Pagulayan (3-4).

    Pagulayan, for his part, wound up fifth overall for $2,000 consolation.

    Early this year, Reyes placed third in the Derby City Classic (DCC) 10-Ball Challenge then sixth in the DCC One-Pocket Division, 11th in the DCC 9-Ball Division and 12thi n the DCC 9-Banks Division.


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