clash royale hack gunpixel.com mobilelegendstool.us robloxtool.com clashroyaletool.info mrcoinsfifa.com besthomescapes.com
HomeAbout Billiards DigestContact UsArchiveAll About PoolEquipmentOur AdvertisersLinks
Headstring News
You Guessed It: Filipinos Reign at First World Cup
Aug 28, 2006, 9:35 AM

The Filipino dream team of Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante became the inaugural PartyPoker.com World Cup of Pool champions as they blew away Team USA, 13-5, in front of a packed arena at the Newport Centre, South Wales.

The American duo of Earl Strickland and Rodney Morris were expected to make a match of it, but a combination of bad luck and loose shots on the part of the Americans and unrelenting skill from the Filipinos kept them at bay.

With upwards of 900 people in the arena including a large contingent of expatriate Filipinos, the atmosphere was electric and the tension mounted as the two teams shared the first eight racks of the race-to-13 final.

From there though things unraveled for the Americans. They lost control of the cue ball on the break and consequently found it difficult to get any momentum.

By contrast the Philippines turned up the heat with Reyes in particular playing a series of stunning shots to get out of jail and pot some seemingly impossible balls.

The second half of the match became something of a procession as the Philippines won seven consecutive racks to leave their opponents in no man's land.

Team USA got one back to take the score to 11-5, but Reyes and Bustamante knocked off the final two racks to take the magnificent silver trophy, the title and a check for $60,000.

"It's funny that every time there is a new big tournament, I win it, but all week I thought if we could get to the final we can win, said a delighted Efren Reyes after the match.

"The USA is a good team but they were unlucky and that made it easy for us," he said.

Bustamante was thrilled to take pool's first ever World Cup event. "In the beginning there was a lot of pressure on us but when we went three games ahead it all lifted," he said.

"Efren played lots of unbelievable shots; some of them I've never seen in my life! That's why we won."

For the Americans, Rodney Morris summed up their feelings: "That was pretty disappointing. After 4-4 it didn't go our way although the match was closer than the score suggested, but when it went to 7-4 we were both pretty deflated and felt it slipping away."

"We never really got a clear shot off the break and it was a tough hill to climb but they played great - the way they were supposed to, so congratulations to them," Morris added.

MORE VIDEO...