Pagulayan wins Carolina one pocket meet

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Former world champion Alex Pagulayan ruled the 2016 Don Coates Memorial One-Pocket Championship held at the Brass Tap and Billiards in Raleigh, North Carolina in US.

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Pagulayan, who dominated the prestigious World Pool 9-Ball Championship in 2004, posted a come-from-behind 5-4 win over American cue master Justin Bergman in the championship round to pocket the $2,345 top purse.

Bergman was actually leading 4-1 against Pagulayan and needed just one more rack to claim the crown.

But Pagulayan displayed flawless shots and powerful breaks to take the next four frames en route to winning his third title this year.

Bergman, nonetheless, will be going home with a $1,230 consolation prize.

The 37-year-old Pagulayan made it to the final round by beating American Corey Deuel in the semifinals via a 3-2 close decision while Bergman defeated his compatriot Brian White in the other game, 3-2.

Early this year, Pagulayan won a couple of titles as he topped the 2016 Derby City Classic Master of the Table and Derby City Classic One-Pocket Division.

The 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games triple gold medalist also had a runner-up finish in the Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division.

By winning the Don Coates tournament, Pagulayan improved to second place in the Az Billiards Money-Maker List with a total haul of $42,987.

Chinese Yang Fan took the top spot with $45,567 winnings.

Dennis Orcollo is in fifth with $20,725, Francisco Bustamante in eighth with $10,250, Efren Reyes in 12th with $7,675 and Jeffrey Ignacio in 19th with $4,490.

EMIL C. NOGUERA

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