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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Corteza loses World Pool Series semis

NEW YORK. Lee Vann "The Slayer" Corteza of Davao City loses steam as he bows to eventual champion Joshua Filler of Germany, 5-13, in the semifinals of The Rasson 10-Ball Masters Championship at Steinway Cafe-Billiards, Astoria, New York Sunday. (EDIONISIO Facebook)

VETERAN internationalist Lee Vann "The Slayer" Corteza of Davao City lost steam, bowing to Joshua Filler of Germany, 5-13, in the semifinals of The Rasson 10-Ball Masters Championship at Steinway Cafe-Billiards, Astoria, New York Sunday.

Corteza, who hails from Mintal, arranged a semis clash against the German after eking out a 13-6 victory over Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan in the quarterfinals.

Filler, who routed Dennis Grabe of Estonia, 13-5, went on to win the championship by whipping Alexander Kazakis of Greece, 17-10, in their finals match.

The Dabawenyo pool master first crushed compatriot Ronnie Alcano, a winner of the 2007 WPA World 8-Ball Championship, 11-2, then he subdued former World 9-Ball champion Mika Immonen of Finland, 11-8, before succumbing to Kazakis in a heartbreaking 10-11 loss.

Thus, Corteza was relegated to the losers' bracket where he outclassed Dutch Niels Feijen, a two-time World Pool Masters champion, to stay alive and barge into the quarterfinals.

Corteza, in a World Pool Series video before the semifinals game, said players need a good draw to stay in contention in the tournament.

"The breaks are easy because we are using magic rack. I need a little bit of luck, be ready and focus," Corteza said, whose wife Gelia celebrated her birthday yesterday.

The Rasson 10-Ball Masters Championship is the second stop of the four-leg 2018 World Pool Series.


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