Billiards: Alcano is king, RP Team sweeps Thai 9-ball tourney

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MANILA, Oct. 5 (PNA) — Ronato “The Volcano” Alcano turned back compatriot Lee Vann “The Slayer” Corteza, 11-7, in an-all Filipino finals to rule the 2010 Sangsom Pattaya 9-Ball Invitational Pool Competition at the Royal Garden Plaza in Pattaya, Thailand on Sunday.

“Winning a tournament wherein you have to compete against some of the world’s best players is a very big accomplishment, and I’m very happy for this win,” said the top cue artist Alcano, top player of Perry Mariano’s Bugsy Promotions.

“I’ve hoped and prayed hard enough to win this crown for my countrymen as well as for my bosses Perry and Verna Mariano who has been helping me compete abroad,” added Alcano.

Mariano, president of Bugsy Promotions and a long-time benefactor of Alcano, said, “Ronie is good but you should have seen the 15-year old players of Taiwan. Ours are 30 plus and 56 year olds. If the sports leaders don’t listen, it won’t be long before we say goodbye to our superiority in billiards.”

It was Alcano’s first major title this years since winning the 8-ball division of the Galveston Classic Billiards Extravaganza at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston City, Texas last year.

Alcano became the third player in pool history to become a double world champion after winning the World 8-Ball in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates three years ago.

He beat Ralf”Kaiser” Souquet of Germany for the World 9-Ball tiara in 2007 Manila edition.

The reed-thin Alcano, a member of the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines and Sen. Manny Villar’s Team Villards, jumped the gun on at the start of their titular match, quickly racing to a 4-0 lead.

After trading racks, Alcano seized control the game in the 13th frame with a 7-6 lead.

Corteza, top player of Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiards Stable, however, bounced back by winning the 14th frame to even the count at 7-all.

The 31-year-old Davao City native Corteza suffered a scracth in the 15th frame allowing Alcano to clean up the table.Thus Alcano never looked back winning the last three racks for an 11-7 triumph in the race-to-11, winners break format.

On the road to the finals, Corteza outclassed Liu Hui Chang of Chinese-Taipei, 10-4, enroute to a final-round berth and arrange an all Filipino finale.Alcano, on the other hand needed to beat fellow Bugsy Promotions ace Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo, 10-3, to earned the last finals berth.

Alcano received 300,000 Baht prize money, Corteza pocketed the runner-up purse of 50,000 Baht while losing semi-finalists Orcollo and Liu went home with 30,000 Baht each.

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