MANILA, Philippines – Filipino billiards player Jerico Banares showed reigning World 10-Ball champion Mika Immonen the exit door in the Philippine Open Pool Championships with a 7-9 upset of the Finnish player on Saturday.
“Medyo binuwenas ako, magaganda rin 'yung break niya kaso hindi bumebenta,” said Banares shortly after their game at the SM Megamall.
A scratch off the break in the 16th rack, proved to be costly for Immonen as Banares immediately took advantage by running out the remaining balls en route to his win.
It was Immonen’s second loss in the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) event.
Immonen suffered a 6-9 defeat in the hands of Chinese player, Li Wen Lo, during the first day of the competition.
Alcano vs Al Yousuf
Meanwhile, double world champion Ronnie Alcano also got eliminated after suffering a 9-4 beating from Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Yousuf.
Al Yousuf quickly piled a 5-0 lead before Alcano got his groove to take the next 3 racks.
The Kuwaiti bet bounced back to push his lead to 6-3 before both players were given a short break.
After the break, Al Yousuf got 2 of the next 3 racks.
Alcano survived on the 12th rack by engaging the Kuwaiti to a battle of safeties. He eventually cleaned up the table to trail 8-4.
He, however, scratched off the break in the next rack, allowing Al Yousuf to run out the remaining balls for the 9-4 win.
Prior to his defeat to Yousuf, the former World 9-Ball and World 8-Ball champion Alcano lost to Korea’s Hwang Yong, 4-9.
Manalo, De Luna
Two other notable Filipino players – Jeff de Luna and Marlon Manalo – also got the boot in the tournament.
De Luna lost his match to Nguyen Puc Long of Vietnam, 6-9, while Manalo dropped a 3-9 loss to fellow Filipino Carlo Biado. -- By Marlon Bernardino