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Orcollo, Alcano zap pool rivals

MANILA, Philippines — Dennis Orcollo and Ronnie Alcano barged into the Round-of-64 of the 2011 World 10-Ball Championships by downing separate rivals yesterday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Orcollo, the reigning World 8- Ball champion, dominated Ameri­can Max Eberle for a 9-2 win while Alcano, the 2006 World 9-Ball and 2007 World 8-Ball winner, won the last three racks for a 9-6 victory over Singapore’s Toh Lian Han.

The win by Orcollo was a fol­low-up to his 9-3 victory over Car­los Cabello on Tuesday. Alcano scored a 9-5 win over Khaled Al Mutairi the last time. Also advancing in the knock‑out stage of this six-day event sanctioned by the World Pool-Bil­liard Association and supported by the BSCP is unheralded Ve­nancio Tanio, who defeated 2008 semifinalist Demosthenes Pulpul, 9-5.

However, World No. 1 Antonio “ Nikoy” Lining suffered a sting­ing 9-5 defeat to Ukraine’s Artem Kosjovoj. The defeat forced the 48- year-old to play either compatriot Carlo Biado or American Charlie Williams for a berth in the Round­of-64. Biado, who nearly made his way into the semifinals of last month’s Philippine Open tourney by forcing eventual champion Thorsten Hohmann to a hill-hill quarterfinals match, and Williams are playing at presstime.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Jonas Magpantay of Rosario, Batangas lost to Wu Jiaqing of China, 9- 4, and dropped into the loser’s bracket. He must win his succeed­ing match to advance or otherwise bow out of the competition.

Ramil Gallego became the first Filipino casualty of the event, los­ing to Hong Kong’s Chen Man Lee, 9-6. It was his second defeat in this tournament, thus giving him the early boot. Marvin Tapia kept his Round­of-64 bid alive with a 9-7 win over error-prone Jae Gun Lee. He needs to defeat Ruben Cuna in a do-or-die match for a slot in the knockout stage. (