Orcollo tops China Open, pockets $40,000

DENNIS ORCOLLO topped the 2012 China Open on Sunday afternoon by beating Taiwan’s Lu Hui Chan, 11-9, at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium Arena in Shanghai, China.

It was the second major title of the year for the pride of Surigao, who won the U.S. 10-Ball Championship in Las Vegas last May when he beat compatriot Francisco Bustamante in the final.

Orcollo pocketed the US$40,000 while Lu settles for US$20,000.

The top player of Bugsy Promotions broke open a 3-3 tie by winning six racks in a row in the alternate-break format to take a commanding 9-3 advantage.

Lu managed to bounce back and level the match at 9-all. But Orcollo took the next two racks to settle the final score.

In the decisive rack, Lu left the blue two open and Orcollo ran out the rack for the victory.

“I was so nervous today, but I just tried to calm down and enjoy the game. Chang is a great player and he played good today. I have a lot of experience playing on the TV table and I’ve had a lot of tough matches this week so this helps me with the pressure. For the final I just need to relax, wait for my chances and be aggressive when I find an opening.”

On the road to the final, the former fisherman from Mindanao bested Fu Jian Bo of China 11-4, Dang Jin Hu of China, 11-9, Han Hao-Xiang of China, 11-8, and Chan Yu-lung of Chinese-Taipei, 11-9.

Orcollo actually lost his opening match to Andreas Gerwen of Sweden, 8-9. He bounced back by beating Dutchman Nick Van Den Berg, 9-7, then buck a 1-6 deficit against China’s Wang Ming to win 9-8 and advance to the knockout stage. Noli Cruz


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