'Bata,' 'Robocop' off to good start in US Open
MANILA, Philippines – Pinoy aces Efren "Bata" Reyes and Dennis "Robocop" Orcollo posted back-to-back victories against their respective foes in the 37th US Open 9-Ball in Virginia, US Monday night.
Reyes, known as "The Magician," defeated George McLanahan, 11-1, and Bobby Petroceli, 11-0, respectively, and will face Thorsten Hohmann of Germany in the next round.
Orcollo, top player of Bugsy Promotions, drew a bye in the first round then beat Rory Hendrickson, 11-6, in the following round. His next assignment will be Mark Gray of Great Britain.
Other Filipinos competing in the annual billiards tilt are Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan, Santos "The Saint" Sambajon, Israel "Amay" Rota, Jose "Amang" Parica, Ronato "Volcano" Alcano, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, and Carlo "The Black Tiger" Biado.
Pagulayan took a bye in the first round then toppled Danny Spell (11-0) to meet Sambajon, who beat Adam Spell (11-0) and Joe Brush (11-3).
Rota subdued Randy Russel (11-1) and Oliver Ortmann (11-4) to face John Morra of Canada, while Parica dealt Brett Stottlemyer (11-1) and Jeff Clare (11-4) to meet Donny Mills of the US.
Alcano crushed Mike Delawder (11-9) and Jason Michas (11-6) and will face the survivor of the Ko Pin-yi-David Alcaide match.
Bustamante nipped Bill Dugan (11-2) and Jerome Rockwell (11-1) and will meet Mika Immonen of Finland next.
Biado took a bye in the first round then outclassed Chris Bartram (11-6) to play against Tom D Alfonso of Italy.
Warren "Warrion" Kiamco defeated Charles Hagan (11-1) but lost to Tommy Kennedy (7-11), while Ramon "Maestro Monching" Mistica, got a bye in the opening round.
Mistica, however, yielded to Nick van den Berg of the Netherlands (3-11) in the following round.
Kiamco and Mistica will need to win their games in the loser's bracket to progress.
The Filipinos’ US Open campaign is supported by Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines, Puyat Sports, Bugsy Promotions, Negros Billiards Stable, Hermes Sports Bar and Malungai Life Oil. -- By Marlon Bernardino