Pag­u­layan fin­ishes 3rd in Cana­dian East­ern 9-Ball

Manila Times - - SPORTS - EMIL C. NOGUERA

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.

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