PH’s Orcollo bags third title for 2017 (February 22, 2017)
EMIL C. NOGUERA [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Billiards

Former world champion Dennis Orcollo claimed his third title this year after topping the 2017 Virginia State 10-Ball Championship held at Midlothian in Virginia, US.

Orcollo banked on his vast experience to post a 10-6 come-from-behind win over American Shaun Wilkie in the championship round.

Wilkie actually had a hot start, nailing a 5-2 lead.

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Bustamante, Pagulayan compete in World Pool Masters (February 17, 2017)
EMIL C. NOGUERA [ Source: Manila Times ]

Billiards

Legendary cue master Francisco “Django” Bustamante and former world champion Alex Pagulayan face a topnotch competition when the prestigious 2017 World Pool Masters unfolds today at the Tercentenary Sports Hall Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

Bustamante, fresh from winning the Derby City Classic 9-Ball Banks Division in Indiana, tests the mettle of reigning World Pool 9-Ball champion Albin Ouschan of Austria in the first round of the knockout tournament.

Pagulayan, on the other hand, will be facing the winner in the Gibraltar qualifying tournament scheduled on Thursday night.

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Corteza, Biado crash in US 10-Ball semis (January 26, 2017)
EMIL C. NOGUERA [ Source: Manila Times ]

Billiards

Lee Vann Corteza and Carlo Biado failed to seal an all-Filipino finale after suffering similar setbacks in the semifinals of the 19th Derby City Classic – Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge being held in Elizabeth, Indiana in US.

Corteza absorbed a 10-11 loss to Jayson Shaw of Scotland while Biado also bowed to Alexander Kazakis of Greece via the same 10-11 decision.

Shaw retained the crown by blasting Kazakis in the championship round, 11-7.

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2 Pinoys in billiards’ Top 10 moneymakers (December 29, 2016)
EMIL C. NOGUERA [ Source: Manila Times ]

Billiards

Former world champions Alex Pagulayan and Dennis Orcollo are the only Filipino cue masters included in the Top 10 of the moneymaker world rankings released by the Az Billiards at the end of the 2016 season.

Pagulayan is ranked third with $112,233 total earnings while Orcollo occupied the No. 5 spot with $87,948 winnings this season.

The 38-year-old Pagulayan got $20,000 when he ruled the Derby City Classic 2016 Master of the Table held in January in Indiana, US the pocketed $12,000 for topping the Derby City Classic 2016 One-Pocket Division.

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PHL to join world 9-ball tournament in China (December 02, 2016)
Philippine News Agency [ Source: NorthBoundAsia ]

Billiards

MANILA — Three women, led by many-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Rubilen Amit, are scheduled to compete in the Women’s World 9-ball Championship in Chengdu, China next week.

Joining the trip are fellow national athletes Irish Ranola and Chezka Centeno, both hoping to gain more experience in the tournament which is expected to draw the cream-of-the-crop in the sport.

Amit and Centeno will be leaving early as they will compete in the CBSA 9-ball tournament in Jiaxing from Dec. 7-9.

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 (From left) Chang Yuan of Taiwan (semi-finalist), Ko Pin-yi of Taiwan (Champion), Jeffrey de Luna of the Philippines (second Place), Thorsten Hohmann of Germany (semi-finalist)

MANILA -- Filipino cue artist Jeffrey de Luna lost to Taiwanese Ko Pin-yi, 3-11, in the finals of the 49th annual All Japan 9-Ball Championship 2016 Wednesday night at the Archaic Hall in Amagasaki-city, Hyogo, Japan.

De Luna, who settled for the runner-up trophy, marched to the finals after beating Chang Yuan of Taiwan, 11-7, in the semifinals. Ko, meanwhile, advanced by edging Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, 11-8.

"Masayang-masaya po ako nakapasok ako sa finals kasi walang tumimbang na Pinoy sa world event sa taong ito," said De Luna.

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Billiards

MANILA, Philippines – Taiwanese Cheng Yuhsuan showed the last Filipino standing, Jeffrey Ignacio, the door, hacking out an 11-10 squeaker in their quarterfinal duel in the China Open 9-Ball tourney Saturday night in Shanghai.

Yuhsuan, the top-ranked player in the world, beat Ignacio in a hill-hill encounter a few hours after giving Carlo Biado the boot in the Last-16 via the same scoreline.

Ignacio became the lone Pinoy in the hunt after the defeats of Biado and Jeffrey de Luna in the Round-of-16.  While Ignacio disposed of Japanese Naoyuki Oi, 11-9, Biado suffered the numbing loss to Yuhsuan and de Luna absorbed a 3-11 shellacking from Ko Pin Yi.

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