Guangzhou Asian Games silver medalist Warren Kiamco finally nailed his first title this year after dominating the 2016 New Orleans 8-Ball Open held at the Buffalos Billiards in Louisiana, US.
Kiamco, however, needed to dig deep to his vast experience before pulling off a thrilling 7-6 win over American Daniel McKenney in the championship round.
McKenney was actually one rack away of claiming the crown after scoring a 6-4 lead.
But Kiamco unleashed powerful breaks and flawless ball placing to clear the next three racks and complete a come-from-behind win.
Kiamco pocketed the $2,375 top purse while McKenney settled for the $1,425 runner-up prize.
The Filipino cue master reached the final by thumping American Ronnie Wiseman in the first semifinal match of the tournament that employed a double-elimination format.
McKenney, on the other hand, sealed a title showdown with Kiamco following his victories over Wiseman and Jeremy Jones in the losers’ bracket.
Kiamco halted a five-month title drought.
So far, Kiamco has competed in 10 tournaments this year. He finished third in the 2016 Andy Mercer Memorial Championship in March and fourth in the Sidepocket’s 9-Ball Open in February with former world champion Dennis Orcollo winning both events.
Meanwhile, Orcollo along with fellow world champions Alex Pagulayan and Efren “Bata” Reyes will be seeing action in the Professional One-Pocket Invitational Championship to be held at the Buffalos Billiards this week.
A total of 16 professional billiards players are invited in the tournament which offers a whopping $16,000 to the champion and $10,000 to the runner-up.