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Reyes Continues Streak in Indonesia
Sep 15, 2006, 9:43 AM

Filipino billiard icon, Efren "Bata" Reyes, still glowing from his International Pool Tour 8-ball victory, traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia to defend his leg title in the San Miguel Asian Tour. The event began Sept. 14, and Bata started off with an astounding win over local favorite, Roy Apancho, 9-5.

Reyes played a safety on the 2 ball in the first rack, which Apancho pulverized, and proceeded to take three of the first four racks of the match. At 3-1, Reyes remained calm and a foul by Apancho in the fifth rack allowed the legend back in the match. Reyes went on a three-rack streak, shifting the score to 4-3.

Still, the young Indonesian showed a lot of heart and managed to slow Reyes' run and tie the game at 4 racks apiece via a beauty of a break. Much to Apancho's dismay, another foul let Reyes in, and he executed another three-rack run, making the score 7-4.

Apancho managed to score only once more as Reyes proceeded to take the match and his first win of the group stage with his amazing pocketing skills, 9-5.

Another Filipino, Rodolfo Luat enjoyed the cushion of having an opening round win. The player known as "Boy Samson" easily trumped his Thai opponent Amnuayporn Chotipong, 9-1.

Meanwhile, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, looking for his first Asian tour win, lost to Taiwanese Wang Hung-Hsiang, 6-9, in the opening round.

The quarterfinals will start today, Sept. 15, with the semifinal and final taking place in the next two preceding days.

The champion will earn $10,000 while the runner-up will settle for $5,000. This marks the crucial final leg of the San Miguel Asian 9-ball 2006 tour, and the second time that Jakarta has played host.

The top ten finishers in the "Order of Merit" will automatically enter the 2006 World Pool Championship in November. Adding to the stakes will be a total tour prize money purse of $160,000 up for grabs in the four legs of the event.