SUN.STAR SUPERBALITA 9-BALL
Pulpul survives,Tanasas falls
FORMER World 10-Ball semi-finalist Demosthenes Pulpul of Cagayan de Oro City survived while his stablemate Manolo Tanasas was ousted in the first round of eliminations of the 3rd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao 9-Ball Open Challenge at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center, Saturday.
Pulpul, of Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiards Stable (NBS), escaped a 7-6 thriller over Eljun Abellana of Agdao to advance to the next round. The latter was a runner-up of the just-concluded 2010 Sun.Star Superbalita 9-Ball Challenge in Cebu.
Tanasas, however, lost to another veteran Reynaldo Campaña, 5-7. The latter recently campaigned in Japan.
Other favorites, meanwhile, hurled their separate rivals in the cuefest backed up by NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique as major sponsors and Microtel Inn and Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development Corporation, Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns as minor sponsors.
Napoleon Labrador of Compostela Valley crushed Efren dela Cruz of Davao City, 7-3, and Ronnie Aying toppled Crijstino Orbita, 7-3, in a pair of lopsided wins that highlighted the opening of the two-day event.
Also winning were Federico Evanoso, who eliminated Eleazar Saludo, 7-1, and Danjo Urdaneza, who ousted Oliver Villafuerte, 7-6, in a thrilling encounter. Alexander Villadores whipped Jeffrey Sy, 7-5.
Nelson Paa subdued Alex Chua, 7-4, while Jean Laviste hacked out a rousing 7-1 win over tennis player-turned-cue artist Clee Jay Albaño.
Defending champion Christopher Alanunay and past titlist Gandy Valle of Davao City are seeded in the tournament which offers P50,000 to the champion. Both players will see action beginning in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Alanunay, during a press conference at Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge owned by Bai Lim, said he would try to defend his crown.
“Should I make it to the finals this time, I would want to play either one of those Manila-based players aside from Valle. I have already beaten him (Valle) in the semi-finals last year so I want to play somebody else,” Alanunay who hails from Mabini said.
A total of 86 players are entered in the tournament which is being officiated by the Davao Billiards Association Inc. headed by its president Menlee Migellano.
Sun.Star Davao Publishing Inc. General Manager Tessie Pana welcomed the participants during the brief opening ceremonies.(pr/mlsa)