Pagulayan rules Quebec 9-ball

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Former world champion Alex Pagulayan reigned supreme in the 9-Ball event of the 2016 Canadian Pool Championships held at the Le Tapis Vert Ste-Foy in Quebec City, Canada.

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Pagulayan, the 2004 World 9-Ball Championship titlist, stamped his class over Canadian John Morra by scoring an impressive 15-6 win in their championship showdown.

The Filipino cue master pocketed the $2,100 top purse while Morra earned $1,600 consolation prize.

Pagulayan was undefeated in all his six matches including his 9-5 semifinal win against Alain Martel in the double-elimination tournament.

He also defeated Morra (9-4), Jeff Balis (9-6), Danny Hewit (9-2) and Sylvain Grenier (9-4) in the early rounds.

Morra arranged a final showdown with Pagulayan after scoring victories over Mario Morra (9-4), Hewit (9-2) and Martel (9-3) in the losers’ bracket.

However, Pagulayan failed to sustain his momentum as he wound up second in the 8-Ball and 10-Ball categories.

In 8-Ball, he suffered a heartbreaking 10-11 loss to Canadian Jason Klatt in the final round.

In the early rounds, Pagulayan outclassed Grenier (9-5), Kevin McGee (9-0), Andrey Variat (9-1) and Luc Salvas (9-0) before relegating to the one-loss side following his 5-9 defeat to Klatt.

Pagulayan bounced back in the losers’ column, ousting Morra (9-3), Guillaume McNicoll (9-4), and Francis Crevier (9-5) to set up a final duel with Klatt.

Pagulayan got $1,300 runner-up prize while Klatt received the $1,800 top purse.

In 10-Ball, Morra exacted revenge over Pagulayan with a 13-3 win in the championship round.

Pagulayan claimed the $850 second-place prize while Morra took home the $1,100 champion’s purse.

EMIL C. NOGUERA

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