Reyes, Bustamante topple Kuwaiti pair

TWO-TIME champion Filipino pool masters Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante opened their campaign in the 2011 World Cup of Pool with a victory over Team Kuwait at the Block Atrium at the SM Mall North Edsa in Quezon City late Tuesday, September 6.

Reyes and Bustamante, representing the Philippine Team B, trounced Kuwaiti pair of Khaled Al Mutaira and Omar Al Shaheen, 8-4, to advance into the next round.

They won the tournament in 2006 and 2009.

As predicted the Philippines started well and took the first two racks fairly quickly.

As huge underdogs, the Kuwaiti duo of Al Mutaira and Al Shaheen though were under no pressure at all, and that showed as they won the next two to silence the crowd.

The Philippines won the next two to restore their lead but the game Kuwaiti pair took the next to leave it poised at 4-3. A cracking long pot in the next from Bustamante set the Philippines on their way to taking the rack as the score stood at 5-3.

Reyes, who looked shaky in front of a home crowd in his World Pool Masters match earlier in the week, was anything but this time as he pulled out a few stunners from his never ending arsenal of shots.

One such reversed bank shot, set up a run out to move the score to 6-3. A miss from Bustamante on the 5 ball in the next gave the Kuwaitis a chance and they took it to cut the lead.

That would be the last meaningful effort from Team Kuwait.

“It was good win and we can be pleased with that,” said Bustamante.

“The Kuwait team came to play and gave us a good match but we’re delighted to make it into the next round and hopefully we can go on from there.”

Earlier, teams from Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Korea and India won over their respective foes.

Swiss team comprised of Dimitri Jungo and Ronni Regli powered ahead to 7-4 to beat defending World Cup of Pool champion China comprised of Chinese duo of Fu Jianbo and Li Hewen, 8-5.

Team Sweden – Marcus Chamat and Thomas Mehtala – mounted a stirring comeback as they turned around a 5-1 deficit to record an 8-7 victory over a young Indonesian team made up of Irsal Nasution and Riyan Setiawan, 8-7.

Team India, composed of Raj Hundal and Amar Kang, erected a comfortable 5-1 to 7-3 lead against Finns duo Mika Immonen and Petri Makkonen. The Finnish, tied the scores at 7-7 winning four consecutive racks. India had their chance in the final rack after a poor safety from Immonen and every shot was a tester. Kang played a good shot to screw back for the 7 and they completed the run out to move into the next round and record their first ever win in the World Cup of Pool.

The Philippines, as tournament host, has 2 teams competing in the event.

Team A is composed of veterans World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo and Ronato Alcano. Liberty Icao

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