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Friday, September 13, 2013
ONLY two Filipinos -- Antonio "Gaga" Gabica and Carlo "The Prince" Biado -- remained standing after the quarter-finals round as seven other compatriots including Davao City's Lee Vann Corteza were booted out in the 2013 World 9-Ball Championship at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar Thursday evening.
The 41-year-old Gabica, who has been playing pool for over 15 years, escaped an 11-10 victory over Nick Van den Berg of The Netherlands while Biado breezed past Chris Melling of Great Britain, 11-3.
“That was too much pressure there. I was very lucky there not to scratch in the last rack. This is a big win for me, for the Philippines and for Qatar. I hope I can continue to win tomorrow,” Gabica told Ted Lerner of the World Pool Association after the match.
Gabica, who is based in Qatar, was set to face Karl Boyes of Great Britain while Biado was set to test the mettle with Thorsten Hohmann of Germany in the semi-finals as of Friday presstime. Boyes defeated Nick Ekonomopoulos of Greece, 11-8, while Hohmann beat Filipino Jeffrey de Luna, 11-7, in the quarters.
Ekonomopoulos was the one who ended Corteza's hopes via an 11-9 triumph in the Last 16.
Corteza's wife Gelea, in a Facebook chat conversation with Sun.Star Davao Friday, said her husband also lost to Ekonomopoulos in their last World 8-Ball encounter.
"Naunahan naman daw niya ng 9-6 ang kalaban pero pagkatapos nun, hindi na raw pumabor sa kanya ang bola," Gelea said.
Corteza, currently ranked World No 3 crushed Daryl Peach of Great Britain, 11-4, in the Last 32.
In other Last 16 matches, Gabica edged Ko Pin Yi of Chinese Taipei, 11-9, Van den Berg subdued Hsu Kai Lun of Chinese Taipei, 11-7, Boyes nipped Lo Li Wen of Chinese Taipei, De Luna overcame Vilmos Foldes of Hungray, Hohmann bested current World No. 2 Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines, 11-8, Melling turned back David Alcaide of Spain and Biado survived against Fabio Petroni of Italy, 11-10.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 14, 2013.