Defending champion Francisco “Django” Bustamante posted two straight victories to advance to the semifinal of the 2014 Derby Classic Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge being held in Elizabeth, Indiana in US.
The 50-year-old Bustamante outclassed Darren Appleton of Great Britain in the last 16, 11-8, then ousted American Earl Strickland in the quarterfinals, 11-7, to secure a spot in the Final Four.
In the semifinal, Bustamante will be facing American Shane Van Boening, who defeated John Morra of Canada in the quarterfinals, 11-10. Van Boening also beat Filipino Dennis Orcollo in the last 16, 11-8.
Five-time champion Efren “Bata” Reyes failed to advance into the next round after absorbing an 8-11 loss to Neils Fiejen of the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
Reyes, who ruled the 2010, 2007, 2005, 2004 and 1999 editions, made it to the quarterfinals by thumping American Rodney Morrisin the last 16, 11-4, before bowing to Feijen.
Carlo Biado and Lee Vann Corteza likewise failed in their last 16 games. Biado succumbed to Ralf Souquet of Germany, 5-11, and Corteza was beaten by Morra, 10-11.
Seeing action in the other semifinal match are Soquet and Feijen.
Besides the 10-Ball event, the other events in the Derby City Classic are 9-Ball Mini, One Pocket Mini, One Handed One Pockey, Banko Pool Mini, Bank Pool Ring Game, Master of the Table, 9-Ball Banks Division, One Pocket Division, 9-Ball division and Straight Pool Challenge.