Manalo Wins Hard Times 9-Ball Event

Marlon Manalo

Marlon Manalo kept his hot-streak alive with an undefeated run through the field of 74 players to win the 9-ball division at the Hard Times Summber Jamboree.

Manalo, who did not play in the one pocket division, did not appear to be tested until late in the tournament. Manalo's first four wins were by a combined score of 36-10, which included a 9-3 win over Jose Parica. Manalo then earned a 9-6 win over Australian Craig Riley, followed by a 9-5 win over Gerado Jamito for the hot-seat.

Jamito eliminated Riley 9-4 on the one-loss side to set up the rematch with Manalo in the finals. The final set looked to be anyone's match with the players tied at 7-7, but Manalo pulled off back-to-back 9-ball breaks to win the last two games and take the 9-7 win.

Manalo earned $5,000 to go with his $12,000 first prize for winning the Reno Open last week. Jamito settled for $3000 in second place prize money. Riley and Jeff Gregory filled out the top four spots.

Manalo will next try to take down the Hard Times ring 10-ball game against Parica, Tony Chohan, Buddy Hall, Santos Sambajon and Cliff Joyner. The ring game will pay $4000 to the final winner.

Complete Results:
1st Marlon Manalo $5000
2nd Gerardo Jamito $3000
3rd Craig Riley $2000
4th Jeff Gregory $1030
5th/6th Jose Parica, John Wims $650
7th/8th Tony Annigoni, Bobby Hunter $500
9th/12th Mark Haddad, Amar Kang, Ed Ames, Ike Runnels $350
13th/16th Damian Alishan, Mike Davis, Buddy Hall, Billy Palmer $175
17th/24th Danny Petralba, Don Olson, Ken Johnson, Santos Sambajon, Fach Garcia, Ernesto Dominguez, Jerry Matchin, Roger Estelle $100