Thailand, Canada advance to Round of 16 in World Cup of PoolBy Mark Giongco
MANILA, Philippines—Thailand’s Nitiwat Kanjanasri and Kobkit Palajin defeated their Malaysian counterparts Patrick Ooi Fook Yuen and Ibrahim Bin Amir, 8-4, Tuesday in the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool 2012 at the Midtown Activity Center of the Robinson’s Mall Ermita in Manila.
Thailand, last year’s finalist, trailed 3-4 before taking the next five racks to finish off Malaysia and move to the Round of 16.
Thailand converted on an 8-9 combination that made it 4-4 before capitalizing on good breaks including a break and run-out in the 11th and 12th racks.
Meanwhile, Canada outlasted Sweden, 8-7, to also nab a Round of 16 slot.
Canada’s tandem of Alex Pagulayan and John Morra stared at a 0-3 rack deficit before taking seven of the last eight for a 7-4 cushion.
Sweden, represented by Marcus Chamat and Andreas Gerwen, fought back and with a little stroke of luck after a golden break in rack 13, made it a hill-hill battle.
Both team’s had trouble on the seven ball in the last rack before a well-placed safety shot by Pagulayan followed by Chamat’s poor safety gave the advantage to Canada for good.