Filipino cue masters Carlo Biado and Johann Chua faltered in the prestigious 2017 World Cup of Pool held at the York Hall in London, England.
Biado and Chua suffered a 2-9 loss to Wu Jiaqing and Dang Jinhu of China in the quarterfinals of the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
The Filipino pair, nonetheless, will be going home with $9,000 consolation prize.
Reigning WPA World Pool 9-Ball champion Albin Ouschan and Mario He of Austria topped the event after beating American duo Shane Van Boening and Skyler Woodward in the finals via a 10-6 score.
Ouschan and He ousted Imran Majid and Daryl Peach of England-B (9-7) in the quarterfinals and Wu and Dang in the semifinals (9-1).
The Austrians pocketed the $60,000 top purse while Van Boening and Woodward earned $30,000 runner-up prize.
The Filipino players will shift their focus on the prestigious 2017 World Pool Series – Rack Classic Championship on July 12 to 15 at the Steinway Cafe Billiards in Astoria Queens in New York City.
Lee Vann Corteza copped the 2017 World Pool Series – Kamui Challenge 8-Ball Championship in April while Biado took the runner-up trophy in the World Pool Series – Aramith Masters Championship also in April.
After the World Pool Series, the team will plunge into action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where Biado and Chua are members of the 12-player national team.
Also in the squad are Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes, Francisco Dela Cruz, Dennis Orcollo, Warren Kiamco, Jeffrey Roda, Basir Al Shajar and Alvin Barbero (men’s division; and former World Women’s 10-Ball Championship titlist Rubilen Amit and 2016 Amway eSpring International Women 9-Ball Championship winner Chezka Centeno (women’s category). EMIL C. NOGUERA