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08-07-2004, 12:04 PM
Bustamante keeps winning streak intact

Updated 11:38pm (Mla time) Aug 07, 2004
By Marlon Bernardino
Inquirer News Service

Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the August 8, 2004 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FRANCISCO "Django" Bustamante and Santos Sambajon of the Philippines hurdled their respective rivals to remain undefeated in the Second Annual Master Billiard Big Apple 9-Ball Challenge yesterday at the Master Billiards in Queens, New York.

Bustamante drew a bye in the first round, then beat Bill Dunsmore and Norm Pomainville of New Jersey, respectively. He is slated to face American Johnny Archer, winner over Brian Yi, Noel Bensurto and Frankie Hernandez of the United States.

Sambajon also got a bye in the opener then crushed Jason Kane in the next round. He'll be pitted against Raj Hundal of the United Kingdom, who subdued Thomas Engert of Germany and Joe Tucker of the USA.

Bustamante is also scheduled to defend his crown in the $50,000 winner-take-all 14th annual International Challenge of Champions from Aug. 11-12 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut.

The winner between Sambajon and Hundal will tackle American Mike Davis, who earlier defeated



Gaetan Rivand, Allen Hopkins and Kevin Buckley.

Also in the winner-side brackets are defending champion Charlie "The Korean Dragon" Williams, Jeremy Jones and Charles Bryant of the United States, and 2001 World Pool Cardiff champion Mika Immonen of Finland.

At stake is $55,000 total prize money.

Bustamante is gunning for a better finish than in this year's World Pool Championships won by Canada-based Filipino Alex Pagulayan. Bustamante was ousted by compatriot Marlon Manalo in the Round of 32.




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