• Orcollo rules California 9-Ball Championship

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    Filipino cue master Dennis Orcollo claimed his second title this year after topping the Sidepocket’s Open 9-Ball Championship held at the Sidepocket Billiards Shreveport in Los Angeles, California.

    The 37-year-old Surigao del Sur native posted a 7-5 win over two-time World Pool-Billiard Association World 9-Ball champion Johnny Archer of US in the finals.

    Orcollo, fresh from a runner-up finish in the 2nd Texas 10-Ball Championship, pocketed the $3,200 top purse while Archer, who ruled the 1992 and 1997 editions of the World 9-Ball meet, settled for $1,800 runner-up purse.

    Orcollo was undefeated in the tournament to automatically advance to the finals.

    He ousted Archer in the quarterfinals (7-4) and another American in Skyler Woodward in the semifinals (7-5).

    In the losers’ bracket, Woodward defeated Filipino Robert Gomez, 7-4, and American Joey Barnes, 7-3.

    Archer, however, ousted Woodward in their do-or-die match, 7-3, to arrange a championship showdown with Orcollo.

    Woodward finished third for $900 while Warren Kiamco ended up fourth for $500.

    Last month, Orcollo dominated the Derby City Classic 2016 14.1 Challenge.

    He also placed second in the DCC 2016 Master of the Table, and third in the DCC 9-Ball Division and DCC 10-Ball Challenge.

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