• ‘Bata’ bags first title for 2016

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    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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