MANILA, Philippines – Taiwanese cue artist Pin Yi Ko downed Filipino pool maestro Efren “Bata” Reyes, 9-4, to win the Philippine Bigtime Billiards (PBB) Face Off Series: Philippines vs Asia late Saturday at the Pagcor Airport Casino in Parañaque City.
After a two-all deadlock in the fourth frame, Reyes never had a chance to return to the table after Ko raced to a 6-2 and then an 8-4 lead.
Ko will go on to face world 9-ball kingpin Francisco “Django” Bustamante on February 25.
“Luck played a part in my victory,” Ko said through an interpreter. “Efren is a very tough opponent.”
Reyes, for his part, complimented Ko on his win.
“Pin Yi Ko is one of the best players in the world today,” he said. – by Marlon Bernardino.