Reyes bows out of World 9-ball pool

Billiards legend Efren Bata Reyes

Pool legend Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes made a cinderella exit in the knockout stage of the 9-ball pool after Nick Van Der Berg of Netherlands beat the Filipino, 11 racks to 5, despite breaks and safety shots made famous by Reyes.

Despite the loss, eight other Filipino billiard masters entered the round of 32 led by world champion Dennis Ocrullo.

Orcullo’s win wasn’t a walk in the park as Cheng Yu Hsuan made life miserable for the Filipino cue artist.

Carlo Biado and seven others also won their respective matches.

Aside from Reyes, Alex Pagulayan bowed to his opponent, Mika Immonen of Finland, 6-11. (Chris Capulso)


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