PH takes 2nd win at Worlds

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


TEAM Philippines soared to its second straight win by beating USA, 4-2, on Day 2 of the 2014 World Pool Team Championship at the Tongzhou Luhe High School in Beijing, China on Tuesday, July 29.

USA took a 6-2 win in men's 8-ball single but Philippines answered back, 6-3, in men's 8-ball double and an 8-7 triumph in men's 9-ball single to take a 2-1 lead.

In women's 9-ball single, trailing two-time Women's World 10-Ball champion Rubilen Amit of the Philippines forced a 7-7 deadlock with American Jennifer Barreta only to lose steam and succumb to a 7-8 defeat for both countries to tie at 4-all.

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Surigao del Sur native Dennis Orcollo, meanwhile, jumped to a 2-0 advantage in men's 10-ball single but his American rival leveled the match at 2-all. The Filipino bounced back to snatch a 5-3 advantage yet struggled with a crucial error, thus, allowing his opponent to crawl back and tie the game at 5-all. Orcollo then managed to win the 11th frame but his foe racked up a win in the 12th. A steadier Orcollo, however, came back to clear the table and secure the match for the Filipinos after the Philippines eked out a rousing 7-2 victory in mixed 10-ball event.

Team USA was also composed of Oscar Dominguez, Hunter Lombardo and Corey Deuel.

Philippines, also bannered by veteran internationalists Lee Vann Corteza of Davao City and Carlo Biado, demolished Bulgaria, 5-1, in Monday's opener.

The highly-touted Filipinos suffered a heartbreaking 5-6 loss in men's doubles but 2013 China Open champion Corteza nailed the deciding frame to close out an 8-7 triumph in men's 9-ball single.

Corteza's wife Gelea, quoting her husband's text message said, "Baka daw pasok na sila top 16 dahil sa dalawang panalo."

Philippines and Poland paced Group A with two wins each. The latter pulled off a 6-0 win over Bulgaria yesterday after beating USA, 4-2, on the first day.

In other matches on Tuesday: Germany subdued Austria (4-2), China B routed Singapore (5-1), China A blanked Croatia (6-0), Indonesia tied India (3-3), Sweden crushed Mongolia (5-1).

The 25 teams entered in the cuefest have been divided into six groups playing round robin. The top 16 teams will qualify for the single elimination stage that begins tomorrow.

The champion team will pocket $80,000 while the runner-up will go home with $40,000 in the $300,000 tournament.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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