Orcollo beats Immonen, advance sweet 16

WPA World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines defeated 2009 WPA World Ten-Ball Champion Mika Immonen of Finland, 8-5, to set up a mouthwatering round of 16 clash between current WPA world No. 2. Yukio Akagariyama of Japan in the on-going 2011 Guinness World Series of Pool 10 Ball Challenge at the Mall Taman Anggrek Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday.

Currently sporting an unblemished record en route to a seat in the round of 32, the Filipino cue-master came into the highly anticipated match as the clear favorite. But an unforced error on the 7ball in the opening rack followed by a scratch of the break in the 2nd saw him trail the Finn early 0–2.

In the fourth rack, a brilliant jump shot over the red 3 to sink the 1ball came to waste as Orcollo then fouled on his approach to the 9ball after applying too much draw on the cue ball resulting in a scratch. The succeeding table rout gave Immonen a comfortable 3 – 1 advantage.

In the 5th it was the Finn’s turn to buckle under pressure. A straight-forward pot of the 1ball off the break from Immonen led to a routine cleanup by the Filipino who then followed it up with a skillful break and run out of the 6th rack to even the score at 3 racks each.

With both competitors slugging it out from one heated safety battle to another, the turning point for Orcollo finally came in the 8th frame where his patience to maintain a defensive game was rewarded with Immonen coming up with an exposed safety on the 4ball. Wasting no time, Orcollo quickly turned the tables and managed to orchestrate 3 unanswered racks to stun Immonen and take the lead for good.

Confidence broken and visibly upset about his form, Immonen threw in the towel after a final blunder in the 13th rack, missing a makeable sidepocket shot on the 9ball to drop out of competition and hand the victory to Orcollo, 8 – 5.

The resulting matchup between Orcollo and Akagariyama has pool fans already salivating in anticipation as the ensuing clash between the top two players of the world will most certainly be one for the books.

Over at the adjacent table, things turned ugly for Warren Kiamco who had his hands full dealing with 2007 US Open 9-Ball Champion Shane Van Boening’s near perfect game. Although he put in a brave effort, the American proved to be too much for Kiamco today, finally bowing out of competition with a 4–8 loss.

Already joining Van Boening and Orcollo in the Top 16 is a powerhouse cast of pool aces. Here are the results from the early sessions:

Yukio Akagariyama (JPN) def. Goh Chin Teck (SIN) 8 – 4
Sahroni (INA) def. Muhamad Junarto (INA) 8 – 5
Roberto Gomez (PHI) def. Ari Hartanto (INA) 8 – 5
Adam Smith (CAN) def. Chang Jung-Lin (TPE) 8 – 5
Jech Limen (PHI) def. Stanza Purba (INA) 8 – 7
Irsal Nasution (INA) def. Johnny Archer (USA) 8 – 4
Kuo Po-Cheng (TPE) def. Heru Gunawan (INA) 8 – 4
Thorsten Hohmann (GER) def. Raj Hundal (GBR) 8 – 3
Jundel Mazon (PHI) def. M Bewi Simanjuntak (INA) 8 – 7


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