Friday, January 29, 2010

Bata eliminates Archer in 10-ball Challenge

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino pool legend Efren 'Bata' Reyes eliminated fellow former world champion American Johnny 'Scorpion' Archer, 15-11, in the Fat Boy 10-Ball Challenge in Indiana, US.

The win set up a titular showdown between Reyes and local bet Brandon Shuff, who brought down countryman Shannon Murphy, 15-9.

Reyes traded racks with Archer until they were tied at 8-8.

In the 17th rack, the American missed a low percentage 8-ball allowing Reyes to take the rack, then break and run the next two.

He never looked back after that and earned a seat in the finals.

Reyes, a native of Angeles City and pride of Puyat Sports, is also competing in the 9-ball division of the 12th Annual Derby City Classic.

Reyes will go up against Bernie Collins of the USA while stablemate and former World No.1 Francisco “Django” Bustamante will meet Sylver Ochoa of Mexico.

Also competing in the 9-ball competition is veteran pool player Rodolfo “Boy Samson” Luat.

Another Puyat Sports ace Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan stamped his class in the one-pocket division, eliminating last year’s champion John Schmidt in a 3-0 victory. – by Marlon Bernardino


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