Ko beats 'Bata' Reyes in PBB Face-Off


Posted at Feb 19 2012 09:07 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2012 05:07 AM

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.