MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Famers Efren “Bata” Reyes and Dennis Orcollo remained in the winner’s brackets of the 37th annual US Open at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach in Norfolk Convention Center in Virginia.
But another Filipino billiards legend, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, was forced to bow out of the tournament after incurring his second loss.
Reyes, the 1999 world 9-ball champion, defeated Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, 11-9, to face Darren Appleton of Great Britain in the next round.
Meanwhile, Orcollo defeated Mark Gray of Great Britain, 11-7, to meet Mike Davis in the fourth round of the winner’s bracket.
Also remaining in the winner’s bracket were Alex Pagulayan, Ronato Alcano and Jose “Amang” Parica.
Pagulayan defeated countryman Santos Sambajon, 11-9, while Alcano edged David Alcaide of Spain, 11-10, and Parica beat Donny Mills of the United States, 11-9.
In the next round, Pagulayan will face off with Daryl Peach of the Great Britain, while Parica faces Raj Hundal of India and Alcano will battle Mika Immonen of Finland.
It was Immonen who sent Bustamante to the loser’s bracket with an 11-8 victory. Then Bustamante lost again to countryman Warren Kiamco, 11-10, in their do-or-die match to exit the tournament.
Meanwhile, Carlo Biado bounced back in contention after beating Brett Stottlemyer, 11-7, in the loser’s side. He will face Jin Hu Dang in the next round.
The Filipino’s US Open 9-Ball campaign is supported by the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines, Puyat Sports, Bugsy Promotions, the Negros Billiards Stable, the Hermes Sports Bar and Malungai Life Oil. -- By Marlon Bernardino