Pagulayan finishes 3rd in Canadian Eastern 9-Ball
Elmer Salvador and Jhonnel Ababa at 7:30 a.m., Others tipped to contend for the top $ 17,500 purse in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K& G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc. are veteran campaigners Charles Hong, Zanieboy Gialon, Orlan Sumcad, Mhark Fernando and Marvin Dumandan. FORMER World 9-Ball champion Alex Pagulayan finished third in the 2017 Canadian Eastern 9-Ball Championship held at the RailBirds Billiards in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The 39-year old Pagulayan absorbed two straight losses in the crucial stage of the tournament including a 7-11 defeat to Canadian John Morra in the semifinals that relegated him in the losers’ bracket.
Pagulayan suffered another 9-11 loss to Mika Immonen of Finland in the do- or- die semis game in the losers’ column.
Immonen ruled the event following his 17-16 thrilling win over Morra in the championship round.
Pagulayan took home the $3,570 consolation prize while Immonen bagged the $7,144 top purse. Morra got the $5,359 runner-up prize. Meanwhile, two-time world champion Dennis Orcollo fell to 2-2 in the 2017 Let’s Make It Happen 8-Ball Championship being held at the Sancastle Billiards in Edison, New Jersey. Orcollo was beaten by Jayson Shaw of Scotland via an 8-10 decision. The Filipino cue master stayed at No. 2 spot along with Shaw and Joshua Filler, who also have 2-2 marks.
American Corey Deuel is still undefeated in four games to claim the first seat in the finals.
Orcollo must win against Filler with a huge margin to earn the last spot in the championship round.
Darren Appleton of Great Britain and American Shane Van Boening were the first two eliminated players with 1-3 each.
After the 8-Ball event, the six participants will be playing in 14.1 Straight Pool event.