Reyes, Immonen breeze past, Pacquiao falls in opening day billiard tilt

Sentimental favorite Efren “Bata’ Reyes had little trouble trashing youthful Jerome Adolfo from Cebu, 9-3, to lead first round winners at the 2nd Manny Pacquiao International 10-Ball Championship which opened Monday, December 8, at the SM City General Santos activity center.

Efren 'Bata' Reyes easily breezes past Jerome Adolfo in the first round of the 2nd Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball International Championship.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes easily breezes past Jerome Adolfo in the first round of the 2nd Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball International Championship.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

Adolfo looked he was about to give Reyes a good competition by evening up the score after four games, 2-2. But it was downhill from there on for Reyes who captured the next 8 games 7-1 to lead early winners.

Also breezing past the first round was 2009 10-Ball Champion Mika Immonen who easily beat John Salazar 9-2.

Manny Pacquiao graciously accepted first round loss.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Manny Pacquiao graciously accepted first round loss.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

Tournament host and sponsor Manny Pacquiao narrowly lost to John Plunkett from Seattle, Washington 9-8 after missing the 7 ball in the 17th and final game.

Pacquiao graciously congratulated Plunkett after the game.

Canadian John Morra who was runner-up along with German Thornsten Hormman in the 1st Pacman 10-Ball tournament held last September took a little longer to beat Mohammad al-Shamari, 9-4.

Other first round winners were Johann Chua who also handily won over Rodrigo Yucamco (9-3) , Genesis Ouano who edged Lim Wei Kok of Brunei (9-4) and Brunei’s Ahmad Taufiq who blasted John Bautista, 9-2.

Others who were scheduled to see action late yesterday were Rodolfo Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante, Warren Kyamco, Ronnie Alcano and Hormann who was individual champion in the September 1st Pacman 10-Ball tournament.

The 9-day double knockout tournament has attracted top players from around the world but notables absences were top players from Chinese-Taipei and other top European players like Ralph Souquet who all opted to play in their respective billiard circuits.

The US$150,000 tournament will run through December 17, in time for the birthday of Pacquiao who will turn 36.

The individual champion will get the top prize of US$30,000 while the doubles winners will split the US$40,000 champion purse.

Aside from billiards, Pacquiao also hosted the recently concluded amateur boxing challenge.

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