Alcano goes undefeated to win 9-Ball event of 5th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial Jamboree


It was working its way toward another Efren Reyes/Francisco Bustamante final at the 5th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial Jamboree on the weekend of October 13-14 at Hard Times in Sacramento, CA. They'd met in the finals of the One-Pocket event earlier (October 12-13), with Reyes winning to go undefeated. Early on Sunday, they had both advanced to the winners' side final four of the $4,000-added 9-Ball tournament that had drawn the largest field ever for the event (162). Reyes, though, was participating in an independent match that would earn him more money than a victory in the official tournament, and forfeited his winners' side final four match against Brian Parks. Alcano, in the meantime, would send Bustamante to the loss side, defeat Parks to gain the hot seat and finish undefeated. 

On the loss side, in the 9/12 matches, Oscar Dominguez defeated his father Ernesto, and then fell to Amar Kang, who'd defeated Jun Almoite. As the beneficiary of Reyes' forfeit, Kang advanced immediately to the quarterfinals. Bustamante, in the meantime, met up with Johnny Kang (no relation to Amar), who'd defeated Jaynard Orque and Ramin Bahktiari. Bustamante defeated Johnny Kang and then, Amar Kang in the quarterfinals.

Bustamante then earned a re-match against Alcano with a victory over Parks in the semifinals. Alcano came out gunning in the single, race-to-11 finals, allowing Bustamante only three racks to complete his undefeated run and capture the event title.