Bustamante, ‘Bata’ brace for Ultimate 10-ball meet

Seven Filipino players led by legendary cue masters Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante are seeing action in the Ultimate 10-Ball Championships at the Harrah’s Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.

Joining Reyes and Bustamante in the four-day tournament sanctioned by the World

Pool-Billiard Association are fellow veteran campaigners Dennis Orcollo, Lee Van Corteza, Warren Kiamco, Carlo Biado and Alex Pagulayan.

All of them drew opening-round byes in the event, which offers a total prize fund of $139,000 including $23,550 to the champion and $14,250 to the runner-up.

Reyes will face Jeffrey Nieuwenhuijzen of Curacao, who also got a first-round bye while Bustamante takes on Fahad Alkhaldi of Kuwait, who likewise earned an opening-game bye.

Orcollo, on the other hand, battles Ivica Putnik of Croatia, who won via walk-over against American Joshua Ulrich while Corteza meets American Robert Hart, a 10-9 winner over compatriot Christopher Lawson.

For their parts, Kiamco tackles Michael DeLawder of US, Biado goes up against Robert Saez of US, and Pagulayan collide with Justin Hall of US. DeLawder beat

Badi Nazhat of US, 10-5; Saez defeated Jesse Engel of US, 10-5; and Hall outclassed Randy Whitehead of US in their respective first-round matches.

Read more :
  • FORMER PATRIOTS STAR CHARGED WITH MURDER
    NEW YORK: Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder on Wednesday following the shooting death of a man whose bloodied body was found dumped less than a mile f...
  • AIFF invites United, Barca, Bayern for Dubai meet
    The AIFF has invited top European clubs like Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich to attend its ambitious meeting with probable investors in Dubai on March 31 and provide techn...
  • Andy Murray: Olympics are bigger than tennis
    Winning an Olympic gold medal is the pinnacle of sporting achievement, according to Andy Murray. The 24-year-old has ranked victory in this summer's Games in London on the same level, if n...
  • Bernard Tomic plays down father rift
    What do you think : Bernard Tomic has insisted that his father is the right man to coach him after their on-court spat. The Australian appeared to fall out with his dad John duri...
  • Costa Rica ask FIFA for replay of US match
    Costa Rica have asked soccer's governing body for a replay of Friday's World Cup qualifier against the United States, won 1-0 by the Americans during a snowstorm in Commerce City, Colorado....
  • UEFA Champions League: Carlo Ancelotti confident of Barcelona upset
    Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is relishing the challenge of facing Champions League favourites Barcelona in the quarter-finals and believes his expensively assembled side are ca...
  • Ardina storms to five-shot lead
    Dottie Ardina turned a three-stroke deficit off Lovelynn Guioguio into a whopping five-shot lead over Chihiro Ikeda as she shot a brilliant six-under 66 to move closer to a second straight ...
  • San Beda eyes second straight win in NCAA
    DEFENDING champion San Beda College seeks for a back-to-back win and an early solo lead when they take on equally tough Lyceum of the Philippines University today in the 89th National Colle...