Taiwanese Ko Pin-Yi survived Filipino Carlo Biado’s comeback to post an 11-9 victory and topped the 2015 World 10-Ball Championships in General Santos City.
The 26-year-old Ko built a 9-2 lead, exploited every miscue by the Filipino ace early on, only to find Biado clawing back to close the gap at 9-8.
“I was very nervous. I had to keep my composure if I had to win the title,” said Ko, who took the $40,000 top prize bankrolled by Sarangani Representative, boxing champion and billiards player Manny Pacquiao.
Ko made it 10-8 on a runout but Biado kept on punching back, winning the next game after Ko missed on an easy shot on the “6” ball. With Biado breathing down his neck, Ko unleashed all his might on the break and sank three balls.
Ko, a former world junior champion, let out a loud yell after he sank the final 10-ball on a runout to the dismay of a highly-partisan crowd that anticipated a monumental comeback.
Ko beat his younger brother Ko Ping-Chung, 11-2, in the semifinals, good for a post-Chinese New Year celebration.
It was a different Biado who showed up in the finals. Biado punished every little mistake David Alcaide committed in the semifinals and won easily, 11-2.
Soft-spoken but deadly on the pool table, the 31-year-old Biado turned on the heat when Alcaide built a 2-1 lead, tied the match on a runout and never looked back. The world No. 10 Biado earlier beat world No. 11 Liu Haitao, 11-7, in an unforgiving brand of game, almost perfect that spectators likened him to some of the Philippines’ all-time greats.