Orcollo rules US 8-Ball Classic tilt

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Filipino cue master Dennis Orcollo survived American Shane Van Boening in the finals, 15-13, to pocket the 1st 8-Ball Classic held at the Break Room Pool and Billiards in Minnesota, US.

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The 37-year-old Orcollo took home the $8,000 top purse while Van Boening settled for $6,000 runner-up prize.

Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan wound up third for $4,000, and legendary cue master and former world champion Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante placed fourth, good for the $2,000 consolation prize.

Orcollo, 2011 WPA World Eight-Ball Championship winner, was undefeated in the tournament that employed a double-elimination format.

He scored victories over John Morra of Canada in the first round (15-7), Bustamante in the second round (15-9), Pagulayan in the quarterfinals (15-13) and Van Boening in the semifinals (15-5).

Van Boening, however, bounced back in the losers’ bracket as he defeated Pagulayan in the do-or-die semifinal match to arrange a showdown with Orcollo in the championship round.

It was Orcollo’s fifth title this year to raise his earnings to $44,225.

Orcollo earlier topped the 2016 Derby City Classic (DCC) 14.1 Challenge, 2016 Andy Mercer Memorial Championship, Sidepocket’s 9-Ball Open and the Orcollo vs Ko Challenge Match. He also had runner-up finishes in the 2016 DCC Master of the Table, 2nd Texas 10-Ball Championship and 4th Big Tyme 9-Ball Classic.

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