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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Olongapo bets doing good in Subic Open

Olongapo City – Hometown bet Florencio Banar recorded the biggest upset on the first day of competition when he defeated fourth-seed Jeffrey de Luna 9-6 to boot him out of the tournament on opening day.

Not to be outdone, Daniel de la Rosa also did honor for the host city and the province of Zambales by recording a 2-1 card going into the second day of matches.

The two players are giving home fans something to cheer about in this first-ever Subic-Olongapo Open Pool Championship.

Besides beating De Luna, Banar also defeated compatriot Luis Saberdo in a hill-hill match. He happens also to be the president of the Olongapo City Billiards Association.

De la Rosa fashioned out victories against Elmer Kalaquian (9-7) and Ericson Navarette (9-4), after he dropped his first match against Demosthenes Pulpul (8-9).

Top seed Ko Pin Yi of Chinese Taipei led the victors in Day One after disposing off his first two rivals.

Joining Ko, the two-time World Junior champion, in the winners’ bracket are five Filipinos, one Japanese and another Taiwanese.

The five unscathed Filipinos are Mario Tolentino, Victor Arpilleda, Leonardo Didal, Elvis Calasang and Arnel Bautista.

The lone Japanese contender is Kenji Taguchi, while the other Taiwanese is third-seed Fu Che Wei.

Ko showed fine form in beating Filipino Alex Nobleza (9-2) and Indonesian Muhammad Bewi (9-4). He completely dominated both matches.

Equally impressive was his compatriot Fu, who beat handily Indonesian Siauw Wieto and Filipino Florencio Banar by the identical scores of 9-4.

Calasang showed what the foreign players should expect from the Filipino players. He outclassed Timo Makela of Norway 9-4 in the first round, and then beat highly touted Muhammad Zulfikri of Indonesia 9-5.

Arpilleda, who campaigns most of the year in Indonesia, beat second-seed Jericho Banares 9-5 in an impressive display of shotmaking and position play. The win complemented a first-round victory over Rudi Susanto of Indonesia (9-6).

Bautista handily defeated Taiwanese Lu Chui-chan 9-5, to hand Chinese Taipei its major setback of the day. He earlier beat compatriot Edgar Acaba 9-5.

In a match against eighth-seed Allan Cuartero, Taguchi displayed good form and fine shotmaking in winning 9-4. In the first round, he bested Malaysian Johari bin Abdullah 9-6.

Banares, Yang and Allan Cuartero of Kuwait-Philippines – wound up in the losers’ bracket after the first day of action. TEMPO



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