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Bustamante, Yang Run Out To Victory
by Mike Panozzo Jul 20, 2002, 11:39 AM EST

Bustamante ran the final four racks against Reyes.

Sentimental favorite Francisco Bustamante continued to play inspired pool at the 2002 Hasseroder World Pool Championship in Cardiff, running the final four racks to beat Filipino countryman and childhood idol Efren Reyes, 11-8, in Saturday afternoon's quarterfinal match-up.

The 38-year-old Bustamante, obviously playing heavy-hearted with the sudden death of his six-month-old daughter, Mariel, yesterday, nonetheless showed incredible focus if not his customary flamboyance in moving on to a semifinal confrontation against Ching-Shun Yang of Chinese, Taipei. Yang was an impressive 11-2 winner over American Johnny Archer in the afternoon's other quarterfinal tilt.

Reyes held the early lead against Bustamante, jumping to leads of 2-0 and 4-2. Reyes led 5-4 when Bustamante rattled off three racks for a 7-5 advantage. Reyes responded with three consecutive games of his own for an 8-7 lead, but scratched on the ensuing break. It would be his last trip to the table, as Bustamante ran through that rack and ran from the break in the next three games for the win.

"When Efren scratched, I knew I could not let him back to the table," said Bustamante. "I was very nervous the entire match. I am trying to keep my focus on the match, but it is very difficult. Now, I am trying to win for my country, because there are many people in the Philippines who are counting on me."

In Saturday's other early quarterfinal, Yang, Asia's No.1 player, continued to impress the uninitiated with his amazing talent. The 24-year-old Fong-Pang Chao understudy jumped to a 4-1 lead. Archer tried to fight back, and had an open rack trailing 4-2. But a positional blunder resulted in a missed shot on the 7, afterwhich Yang relegated the American hopeful to garden gnome status. A masterful seven-rack run put the finishing touches on Yang's performance.

In Saturday afternoon's other quarterfinal matches, Earl Strickland faces Japan's Kunihiko Takahashi, while Sweden's Marcus Chamat challenges Takeshi Okumura, also of Japan.

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Yang's seven-rack run ended Archer's hopes.

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