‘Bata’ out as 5 compatriots enter World 9-Ball KO stage


Five more Filipinos have secured places in the knockout stage while legendary cue master Efren “Bata” Reyes got booted out in the prestigious 2014 World 9-Ball Championships being held at the Al Saad Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

Ramil Gallego, Warren Kiamco, Francisco Felicilda, Alex Pagula–yan and Lee Vann Corteza survived their respective matches in the losers’ bracket.

Gallego toppled Michel Bartol of Croatia, 9-3, in Group 4; Kiamco outplayed Frailin Guanipa of Venezuela, 9-8, in Group 6; Felicilda ousted Ali Obaidly of Qatar, 9-6 in Group 12; Pagulayan trounced Ivica Putnik of Croatia, 9-8, in Group 15; and Corteza beat Emran Salem of United Arab Emirates, 9-4, in Group 16.

They will join early qualifiers 2014 runner-up Antonio Gabica, reigning World 10-Ball champion Dennis Orcollo, Carlo Biado, Raymund Faraon, Johann Chua, Jeffrey De Luna and Elmer Haya in the 64-man knockout stage.

Reyes, the 1999 World 9-Ball champion, absorbed the day’s biggest upset after a nerve-wracking 8-9 decision to Karl Boyes of England in their do-or-die match in Group 9.

Elvis Calasang and Israel Rota were the other casualties.

Calasang lost to Albin Ouschan of Austria, 0-9, in Group 10 and Rota bowed to Manuel Gama of Portugal, 7-9, in Group 14.

In the knockouts stage, a race-to-11 format will be employed until the semifinals. The final is a race-to-13 affair with the champion getting $30,000 and the runner-up receiving $15,000.

The first round of the knockout stage was scheduled on Wednesday night.


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