Orcollo pockets world 8-ball title

DENNIS ORCOLLO routed Neils Feijen of the Netherlands, 10-3, to top the World 8-Ball Championship on Saturday, February 26, at the Fujairah Exhibition Center in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

He’s long been regarded as the best money game player in the world by his peers, but Orcollo’s inability to win a world title in the past prevented him from joining the class of Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Alex Pagulayan and Ronnie Alcano.

It wouldn’t be the case for long.

The diminutive cue artist from Surigao made sure of that with an impeccable showing in the final against one of the best players in the world.

“Sa wakas naging world champion din,” Orcollo said after getting the monkey off his back.

Orcollo took the long route to the Promised Land. He had to play in local qualifiers to get into the main draw and lost to Reyes in the early round.

But he was at his best in the final, racing to a 5-0 lead and never letting up. Feijen trimmed the gap to 3-5, but Orcollo closed it out with another 5-0 burst.

Orcollo and Feijen were dominant in the semifinal round. The Filipino defeated David Alcaide of Spain, 9-3, while Feijen blanked 2009 World Ten Ball Championship winner Darren Appleton of the United Kingdom, 9-0.

The victory earned Orcollo the top prize of US$ 40,000 while Feijen settled for the runner-up prize of US$ 25,000.

Alcaide toppled Appleton, 9-2, in the battle for third to get US$ 14,000. Appleton consoled himself with a US$10,000 prize. Liberty Icao

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