• Corteza, Orcollo join early Filipino winners in World 9-Ball Championships

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    Veteran campaigners Lee Van Corteza and Dennis Orcollo won their opening games in the World 9-Ball Championships in Doha, Qatar.
    Corteza outclassed Mohd Ali Berjawi of Lebanon while Orcollo blasted Majid Gharehgozlou of Iran.
    Corteza and Orcollo joined opening-game winners Marlon Villamor, Antonio Gabica, Ramil Gallego, Jeff de Luna, Israel Rota, Francisco Bustamante and Raymund Faraon.
    Villamor won over Kong Bu Hong of Hong Kong, 9-4; Gabico over Sniegocki Mateusz of Poland, 9-7; Gallego over Khamis Obaidly of Qatar, 9-3; de Luna over Radoslaw Babica of Poland, 9-5; Rota over Han Hao Xiang of China, 9-5; Bustamante over Mario Morra of Canada, 9-5; and Faraon over Mohd Buainain of Qatar, 9-4.
    Legendary cue master Efrec Reyes and Carlo Biado, on the other hand, are in a must-win situation in the losers’ bracket.
    Reyes lost to Hsu Kai Lun of Taiwan, 5-9, but bounced back with a 9-4 beating of American Shawn Wilke.

    Biado lost to Chris Melling of Great Britain then thumped Saleh Ameen of Qatar,
    9-4.
    The first Filipino casualty was Recky Boy Puro who bowed to Phil Burford of Great
    Britain (9-6) and Mario He of Austria (9-6).

    The tournament, sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association, offers $36,000
    to the champion and $18,000 to the runner-up.

    EMIL C. NOGUERA

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