Biado Comes Back to Earth

With the excitement of his Day 3 victory over World NO.1 Dennis Orcullo still soaring in the atmosphere, rising star Carlo Biado came back to earth yesterday by losing his very first match in the 9-ball leg of the BSCP National Pool Championship at the Star Billiards Center in Quezon City.


Jeffrey de Luna stunned Biado 9-3 in their much-heralded matchup to the surprise of many onlookers and pool experts, who tagged his opponent as the early frontrunner in the race to the Grand championship and title of "2011 Philippine National Champion.”


While Biado's course was disrupted, his opponent in the 8-ballfinals, Allan Cuartero continued to make waves and believers of Filipino pool Afficionados.


The former Overseas Filipino Worker won all his three matches yesterday. He beat Judy Villanueva 9-6; Jeff Diaz 9-7; and Richard Alinsub 9-8 (in this match coming from behind 5-8).


Orcullo recovered lost ground by taking his two matches in 9-ball. He beat Alexander Arenal 9-7, snd Marvin Tspia, 9-4.


Also winning three matches on Day 3 were Jericho Banares, Roberto Gomez and Rene Cruz.


Banares beat youthful standout johann Chua, 9-5; Cocong Acaba, 9-3, and repeated his earlier victory over Biado's nemesis Jeffrey de Luna, 9-7.


Gomez beat Ramon MIstica, 9-4; Mario Tolentino (9-8); and recent Jogjakarta 9-ball champion Victor Arpilleda, 9-7.              


Action continues today in Day 5 of the BSCP nationals with the following

Headline matches in the winners bracket:


1.    Dennis Orcullo vs. Arvi Tanega

2.    Allan Cuartero vs. Rene Cruz

3.    Roberto Gomez vs. Edgardo Sibuco

4.    Ramil Gallego vs. Jerico Banares