Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Repost From Manila Bulletin

Bata, Django Out to Recover Lost Pride

MANILA, Philippines - After their botched bid to retain their World Cup of Pool title last week, the charismatic duo of Efren Reyes and Django Bustamante get another shot at glory before the hometown crowd when they see action in the 10th Annual Predator International Championship starting this Wednesday. Reyes and Bustamante fell short in their bid to win a third World Cup crown after being stunned by a scrappy pair of Indonesians in the round of 16. Only this time, they won't be playing side by side since the contest, set at the SM Mall North Edsa, will be an individual affair. Still, many billiards fans are entertaining thoughts that the two revered stars would meet again in the finals - that is if they hurdle a slew of foreign entries out to gatecrash their projected title showdown. This will be the first time in three years that they will showcase their wares in a singles event which have long been waiting by their respective rivals. Because of leadership disputes among the country's billiards groups, Reyes and Bustamante were forced to skip several international singles events in the Philippines and only took part in teams/doubles tourneys like the World Cup of Pool and the World Mixed Doubles Classic. Standing their way are current World No. 1 Mikka Immonen of Finalnd, Shane Van Boening and Rodney Morris of the Unites States and other Filipino greats in former double world champ Ronnie Alcano and Lee Van Corteza. Canada's John Morra, Japan's Akagariyama Yukio, Lee Chenman of Hong Kong, HA Ha Min ug of Korea, Bashar Hussain of Qatar, and Vitaly Pavlukhin of Russia are among the international competitors.

Reposted From Maniala Bulletin

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