PH slays China 1, stuns Chinese-Taipei

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


WHILE the territorial dispute over West Philippine Sea is still going on, Filipinos Dennis Orcollo, Lee Vann Corteza, Carlo Biado and Rubilen Amit wiped out a loaded China 1 team, 4-0, yesterday to earn a finals berth in the 2014 World Pool Team Championship at Tongzhou Luhe High School in Beijing, China.

The Philippines' feat came on the heels of stunning defending champion Chinese Taipei, 4-2, late Thursday evening.

The 2011 WPA World 8-Ball champion Orcollo, who hails from Bislig, Surigao del Sur, demolished 2005 WPA World 9-Ball and World 8-Ball champion Wu Jiaqing, 6-3, in men's 8-ball single while 2013 China Open champion Corteza of Davao City and 2013 US Open 8-Ball runner-up Biado joined forces to wallop Li He Wen and Chu Bing Chia, 6-1, in men's 8-ball doubles.

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Corteza and Amit then completed the 4-0 rout in men's 9-ball single and women's 9-ball single, respectively. The 34-year-old Corteza, whose tandem with Orcollo won the 2013 World Cup of Pool title, beat 2007 World Cup of Pool gold medalist Li,8-3, while two-time World 10-Ball champion Amit upset 2013 World 9-Ball champion Han Yu, on the same note.

The Philippines will play for the $80,000 top purse at stake in the finals today against Japan or China 2 that were set to play the other semis match Friday evening.

Japan escaped with a 7-5 shootout win over Germany while China 2 crushed Great Britain, 4-0, in the quarter-finals.

SHOCKING

TEAM Philippines shocked defending champion Chinese Taipei, 4-2, in a thrilling, finale-like quarter-finals showdown Thursday evening.

The Philippines and Chinese Taipei were tied at 2-all as Dennis Orcollo eked out a 6-3 win in men's 8-ball single but Carlo Biado and Lee Vann Corteza lost the men's 8-ball doubles, 4-6. Corteza again lost the men's 9-ball single (5-8) butAmit recovered for the team, hacking out an 8-4 win over Chou Cheih Yu in their women's 9-ball single face-off.

In men's 10-ball single, Orcollo and rival Chang Jun Lin were even at 3-all when the Filipino whose jumpshot and combo play in the seventh frame moved him up at 4-3. Orcollo took the next frame to a 5-3 lead but Chang stormed back to force a 5-5 standoff. Orcollo won the 11th rack while Chang took the 12th to push a do-or-die in the 13th frame. The Filipino, however, survived a series of safety exchanges to pull off the win.

Biado and Amit, meanwhile, soared to a 5-2 advantage in mixed 10-ball but Cho and Fu Che Wei recovered and rallied to a 4-0 run and snatched a 6-5 lead. Biado and Amit then capitalized on Fu's golden break in the 12th frame to seal the match.

Orcollo, as quoted by World Pool Association (WPA) press officer Ted Lerner, said: "We were lucky we didn't lose or it didn't go to a shootout. I was nervours. We want to win this for the entire Philippines. We want to make all Filipinos proud."

Japan and China 2 are pitted in the second semis match. Japan escaped with a 7-5 shootout win over Germany while China 2 crushed Great Britain, 4-0, in the quarter-finals.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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