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04-01-2005, 08:49 PM
Bustamante, Reyes, Valle advance

Posted 01:35am (Mla time) April 02, 2005
Inquirer News Service



Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 2, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ROOMMATES Francisco "Django" Bustamante and Gandy Valle shared the same fate in the first round of the San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour in Jakarta on Friday.

Both disposed of their rivals in easy fashion.

Come Saturday, however, one of them has to leave their room at Mandarin Oriental and head for home earlier than the other.

The Filipino cue masters had the unfortunate task of facing each other in the second round of the second leg of this event being held in the Indonesian capital for the first time.

Bustamante, seeded second, ousted Chu Hung-ming of Chinese-Taipei, 9-5, while the unseeded Valle romped to a 9-2 victory over Hong Kong's Au Siu-wai at the Hanggar Billiard Center.

Like his compatriots, top seed Efren "Bata" Reyes drew a difficult duel, but two golden breaks and four errors by Japan's Kunihiko Takahashi allowed "The Magician" to escape with a 9-8 triumph in a match-up of former world champions.

Owing to the quirks of the draw held late Thursday,

Django had the unwelcome chore of facing Valle-winner of the first leg in Singapore in the event organized by ESPN Star Sports-after their respective first-round victories.

"That's how the draw goes," said Bustamante in Filipino. "Of course, it's going to be a hard fight because you're up against a fellow Filipino. Whoever gets the breaks will win."

Bustamante beat Valle, 11-4, in the semifinals on the way to the title in the recent All-Filipino Open.

Another victim of the blind draw was Lee Vann Corteza, who had the misfortune of facing two-leg winner Yang Chin-shun in the same quarter of the 32-man bracket as Bustamante and Valle-and became the first Filipino to bow out of the $50,000 event bankrolled by San Miguel Beer.

Failing to protect a 5-0 lead, Corteza eventually lost, 9-6, to the Taiwanese master, the only non-Filipino pool player to win a stop in three years of the only qualifying tournament in Asia for the World Pool Championships in July.

Winner of the Tour's Manila leg last year, Corteza is going home with just $750 (about P40,500)-far less than the $10,000 offered to the champion of the second leg of the four-leg series.

Compatriots Efren "Bata" Reyes and Roberto Gomez Jr. are tackling separate opponents at presstime.

Fresh off a victory in the Japan Open, the top-seeded Reyes is playing fellow former world champ Kunihiko Takahashi, while Gomez, a qualifier who took the place of first-leg semifinalist Antonio "Gaga" Gabica, was battling Taiwan's Kuo Po-Cheng.

Two seeded players were shown the exit. Third-seeded Korean Jeong Young Hwa was the first to go, upended by Singapore's Toh

Lian-Han, 9-5, and China's Xu Meng saw off No. 7 Patrick Ooi of Malaysia by the same score.

Third seed Chao Fong-pang struggled for form before showing the door to the hosts' Yudarman Kamarudin, 9-7.





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