Former world champion Dennis Orcollo continued his impressive showing in US circuit, as he ruled the Annual Cole Dickson 10-Ball Championship for the second straight year at the Family Billiards in San Francisco, California.
The 38-year old Orcollo outclassed veteran campaigner Mika Immonen of Finland in championship round via an 11-8 decision.
Orcollo took home the $2,500 top purse while Immonen settled for the $1,600 consolation prize.
The Filipino cue master was actually relegated to the one-loss side in the tournament that employed a double-elimination format.
He lost to American Rodney Morris in the quarterfinals of the winner’s column.
But Orcollo came out firing in the loser’s bracket, scoring successive victories including against compatriot and legendary Francisco “Django” Bustamante and unheralded Foldes Wong.
Orcollo then met Morris again in the semifinals where the Filipino bet posted a 7-6 revenge against the American player.
It was Orcollo’s eighth title this year.
He topped the 2017 Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo Pro One-Pocket Championship, Derby City Classic Master of the Table, Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division, Inaugural Scotty Townsend Memorial 9-Ball Championship, Inaugural Scotty Townsend Memorial 10-Ball Ring, Virginia 10-Ball Championship and West Coast Challenge One-Pocket.
So far, Orcollo has a total earning of $77,085 to take the No. 4 spot in the Az Billiards World Money Leader Board.
Orcollo is revving up for his men’s 9-ball pool singles title defense in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games scheduled on August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After the SEA Games, he will be competing in the World 8-Ball Championships on September 13 to 16 at the Jinan Olympic Staidum in China as well as the World 10-Ball Championship and the World 9-Ball Championships later this year.
EMIL C. NOGUERA