Reyes Continues Winning Streak
photo by Chito Ines
Efren Reyes still reliable for his country
Efren Reyes continues to prove that his game is still timeless. Reyes won his 3rd round match yesterday at the 11th Predator International Championships defeating the top pro from Spain. Reyes continues his streak at this event from last year as its reigning champion. Yesterday’s victory made it 10 match wins in a row at the Predator Championship since 2010. The win propelled him into the final 16 stage of the event where he will be seeded #3 and play against the 14th seed.
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Reyes was seeded #1 in this event and had a bye in round one. Then he defeated Jason Shaw of England in the second round. Last night was a tester as he faced David Alcaide of Spain, who recently finished 2nd at The US Open in Las Vegas. Alcaide also finished 3rd at The Predator Sweet 16 last year here in Manila. The match with Alcaide was close with Reyes staying ahead one game until 6-5. Reyes then missed a long bank shot on the 10-Ball and Alcaide tited it at 6-6. Alcaide missed a jump shot the next game and lost momentum with Reyes winning the match 9-6.
“I was sick at the last tournament with stomach pains, and this event I started with some pains in my lower back and buttock areas. But now it’s gone and I feel like I’m playing better,” said Reyes. Last year at this event Reyes said after the 3rd round win he felt like he could win the event after gaining some comfort and confidence.
Other top Filipino bets will be Ronnie Alcano who won 9-0 yesterday against Carlo Biado.Last year’s finalist Roberto Gomez also cruised to the top 16, and perhaps is vying for a second crack at Reyes who defeated him at this same event last year 10-9.
The Filipino players will have their hands full still as tope Europeans Mika Immonen, Chris Melling, and Thorsten Hohmann are still in the hunt. The Europeans have dominated the events in the Philippines the past few years with exception of Reyes sole win last year at The Predator Championships.