• ‘Bata’ batters foes in Jersey tilt

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    Efren “Bata” Reyes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Efren “Bata” Reyes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Legendary cue master Efren “Bata” Reyes ruled the 2015 Accu-Stats Make It Happen One-Pocket Championship held in Edison in New Jersey.

    Reyes outclassed American Danny Smith, 3-1, in their best-of-five championship series.

    The 60-year-old Reyes got off to a hot start, winning Game 1 (8-7) and Game 2 (8-1) until Smith bounced back with an 8-0 victory in Game 3.

    Reyes, however, retaliated with his own 8-0 win in Game 4 to seal the win.

    He pocketed the $5,000 top purse while Smith settled for the $4,000 colsolation prize.

    Reyes advanced to the finals after finishing 4-1 in the round-robin elimination round.

    The Filipino champion defeated Scott Frost (3-2), Justin Hall (3-0), compatriot Alex Pagulayan (3-0), and Shane Van Boening (3-2).

    It was Reyes’ first title this year following his second-place effort in the 2015 Derby City Classic (DCC) Master of the Table and third-place trophy in the DCC 9-Ball Banks Division.

    Recently, he won a bronze medal in the men’s individual cushion carom of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore.

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