Yang Leads Orcollo in Club Capo’s Face-Off

Ching-Shun Yang

Ching-shun Yang came up with a flawless game and took advantage of Dennis Orcollo's string of miscues midway to take a 25-19 lead in the first half of their one-on-one match dubbed as Face Off Series 2-One More Time Tuesday night at the newly-opened Club Capo Exclusive in Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.

The visiting Taiwanese displayed superb pocketing and great control of the cue-ball as he bounced back from an early three-rack deficit to secure the upper hand in this two-day contest organized by Club Capo Exclusive in cooperation with Bugsy Promotions and JBET.net.

Seeking revenge from his disappointing loss in their last face-off in 2007, Orcollo was the one who came out smoking, winning the lag and racing to a 10-7 lead.

But things went awry for the Filipino as he missed a relatively tough seven-eight combination, giving Yang the opportunity and momentum that he readily capitalized on.

After cleaning up the 18th rack, Yang also claimed the next three to seize the lead he never relinquished thereafter.

“He played a great game and he took advantage of my errors. I also had trouble in getting the right stroke on the break,” said Orcollo, a stalwart of the star-studded Bugsy Promotions of businessman Perry Mariano.

“But it's still manageable and I'm still confident that I can overcome,” added the former world no.1.

Orcollo pocketed the 22nd frame to tie the count at 11-all. But Yang took the next two racks to keep himself in front.

The Taiwanese kept the two-point gap for the next 12 racks until he seized another opportunity again off the Filipino's another miscue to pad his lead further.

The second half of this match shown on Solar Sports and Manila Jockey Club Channel (113 on Sky and 80 on Destiny) and streamed live via www.clubcapo.tv and www.jbet.net was slated last night with the winner taking home $10,000.

The Orcollo-Yang rematch is just the start of a series of challenge matches Club Capo is putting up.

The exclusive membership club is planning to pit eight to other pairs of world-class cue artists each year.

After this first offering, Club Capo Exclusive will stage another blockbuster match featuring pool icon Efren “Bata” Reyes against his fellow Asian pool legend Fong-pang Chao in October.

It has also lined up a match pitting former double world champions Ronnie Alcano and Ralf Souquet of Germany.

The second edition of The Philippines versus the World will be part of the Face-Off Series.

Club Capo Exclusive is also eyeing a match between Francisco “Django” Bustamante against American Rodney Morris and Lee Van Corteza opposite Shane Van Boening in November.

Other planned matches include a rematch between 2007 World Pool Championship finalists Roberto Gomez and Darryl Peach of England; Alcano versus fellow former world champion Chia-ching Wu of Singapore; a scotch doubles match featuring the tandem of Efren “Bata” Reyes and Bustamante against the duo of Orcollo and Alcano, as well as the pair of Bustamante and Gomez versus Johnny Archer and Van Boening, and Alcano-Johann Chua opposite Yang-Ko Pin-yi; and a duel between
Reyes and Archer.