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Bañares rules Sharks Invitational 10-ball

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JERICHO Bañares of Antipolo outplayed Yves Cabrito of Valenzuela to reign supreme in the Battle for Supremacy: Sharks Invitational 10-ball Billiards Championship held last weekend at the state-of-the-art Sharks Billiards and Pool Arena in Diliman, Quezon City.

Popularly known as “Panday” in the pool community and the county's third ranked player, Bañares made a decisive runout at the hill to defeat Cobrito,19-13, in the race-to-19 finale.

In the race-to-15 semifinals, Bañares outclassed Mark Ejay Cunanan while Cabrito toppled Roel Nalaunan.

“What we are witnessing here are international caliber pool players playing a high level of competition,” said tournament director Hadley Mariano. “Local players need tournaments like what Sharks is offering for them to raise their skill level.”

The tournament was presented by Negros Oriental Third District Rep. Arnie Teves Jr. and supported by Bugsy Promotions, Andy Billiards Cloth, Hardtimes Sports Bar, “K,” and the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines. It is also sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board.

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Bañares pocketed the P200,000 top prize while Corbito took home the P100,000 runner-up purse.

In the final match, Bañares grabbed an early 6-2 lead but Cabrito rallied to inch closer at 7-8. Cabrito kept the game close until Bañares pulled away for an 18-12 lead and all set to pocket the title with three balls remaining at the velvet table.

Bañares, however, missed sinking the black 8-ball and gave Cabrito a chance to steal the win. But the pool idol from Valenzuela failed to clean the table in the 32nd rack as Bañares took the opportunity and went for the kill.

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