Corteza stays alive at U.S. Open-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
DAVAO City pool shark Lee Vann Corteza hacked out five straight wins at the losers' bracket to keep his hopes alive in the 38th U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S.A.
The China Open 2013 champion Corteza, who along with Dennis Orcollo brought home the gold medal of the World Cup of Pool held recently in London, demolished American player Oscar Dominguez, 11-6, yesterday afternoon.
The Dabawenyo grabbed a 4-2 lead then stretched it, 8-4. With Corteza on the hill, Dominguez won two frames but succumb to a costly error allowing the latter to wrap up the match.
Corteza toyed with American Jeremy Sossei, 11-1, after escaped with two hair-raising victories over Imran Majid of Great Britain, 11-10, and Mike Dechaine of U.S. A., 11-10, Corteza also survived past Japanese Hayato Hujikata, 11-9.
He was relegated to the loss side of the tournament after absorbing a 1-11 defeat at the hands of Johnny Archer. He whipped American T. D' Alfonso, 11-7, and subdued Spain's Marc Claramunt Vidal, 11-7.
Corteza earlier vowed to improve his 17th place finish in the 2011 edition of the cuefest.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 20, 2013.