Pinoy cue masters shine in Derby City Classic

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Veteran campaigners Alex Pagulayan and Warren Kiamco led the charge of the Filipino cue masters in the 2015 Derby City Classic held at the Horseshoe Indiana Resort and Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana in US.

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Pagulayan topped the Derby City Classic One-Pocket Division over Americans Mike Dechaine and Justin Hall, and fellow Filipinos Francisco “Django” Bustamante and Efren “Bata” Reyes.

The 36-year-old Pagulayan pocketed the $12,000 top purse while Dechaine settled for $6,000 runner-up prize and Hall had $4,000 consolation. Bustamante and Reyes earned $2,600 each for reaching the semifinals.

Kiamco, on the other hand, dominated the Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division where he defeated Pagulayan in the finals via 9-7 decision.

Kiamco, a silver medalist in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, got the $16,000 champion’s prize while Pagulayan claimed the $8,000 second-place reward.

Dennis Orcollo placed fourth overall for $3,150, Reyes ended up ninth for $1,250, and Bustamante and Carlo Biado both finished 14th for $750 each.

Earlier, Lee Vann Corteza wound up second in the Derby City Classic Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge ruled by American Shane Van Boening.

Corteza, nonetheless, gained $8,000 for his runner-up finish.

Overall, Pagulayan was named Master of the Table to get the $20,000 bonus with Reyes placing second ($3,000) and American John Brumback getting the third spot ($2,000).

The winner of the Master of the Table was determined through points he earned in different events played in Derby City Classic.

Pagulayan was the third Filipino to win the Master of the Table, following the footsteps of Orcollo (2014), Bustamante (2013 and 2008) and Reyes (2010, 2007, 2005, 2004 and 1999).

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