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PH aces down to 6

Corteza, Orcollo out
/ 01:36 AM June 27, 2014

Unheralded Johann Chua sustained his incredible run in the 2012 WPA World Pool Championship, but the country’s top bets—Dennis Orcollo and Lee Van Corteza—fell by the wayside in a rash of upsets at Al Saad Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

A qualifier who had little expectation to get far in this tournament, Chua rolled past Daniele Corrieri of Italy, 11-4, to advance to the Round of 32, along with compatriots Antonio Gabica, Elmer Haya, Raymond Faraon, Ramil Gallego and World No. 2 Carlo Biado.

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Gabica also advanced with an 11-7 dumping of Iran’s Medhi Rasekhi, Haya tallied an 11-4 win over countryman Francisco Felicilda and Faraon overcame Liu Cheng-chieh of Chinese Taipei, 11-5.

It was Japan-based Gallego who delivered the most stirring win among the Filipino bets as he stunned former champion Ralf Souquet of Germany, 11-10, while Biado, still in search of his first world title, breezed past Meiszko Fortunski of Poland, 11-6.

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Starting with 11 players in the Round of 64, the PH contingent was now down to six with Orcollo and Corteza tumbling out.

A surprisingly sluggish Orcollo took an 8-11 loss to Naoyuki Oi of Japan, while Corteza was eliminated by Qatar’s former World 8-ball champion Waleed Majed, 6-11. Cedelf P. Tupas

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