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Professional Pool - The 2015 Kings Cup (10 Ball)

​19th-21st November 2015 / Resort World, Manila, Philippines


WEST WIN!


Team West comprising of Mika Immonen (Captain), Darren Appleton, Shane Van Boening and Albin Ouschan are the inaugural Kings Cup winners after a thrilling trio of days in the Philippines.


The Filipino / Chinese Taipei combination of hosts Team East, Efren Reyes (Captain), Francisco Bustamante, Ko Pin Yi and Ko Pin Chung, fought hard, but could never gain an advantage after falling behind early on.


On a couple of occasions they did manage to draw level at 2-2 and 5-5, however, the Euro-American outfit would once again open a lead.


Going into the final day, Team West were 7-5 up and needing only three more points for the cup.


Despite losing the opening tie of Saturday, Appleton afterwards took a singles rubber over Ko Pin Chung, and then joined Immonen and SVB to take a trebles game, which put the West on the hill.


The next point was a unique 'quads' match which involved everyone. Amazingly, after going 4-0 down, Reyes' team were able to extend the event by extraordinarily fighting back to claim the fixture 5-4.


There was more delight and hope for the passionate home support when current World 9 and 10 Ball Champion Ko Pin Yi defeated Ouschan to bring the teams closer together yet again.


But the boys in blue eventually crossed the line in the trebles clash which followed, to win the overall encounter 10-8.



TEAM EAST                                                       TEAM WEST

Efren Reyes (c) (Philippines)                      Mika Immonen (c) (Finland)

Francisco Bustamante (Philippines)        Darren Appleton (England)

Ko Pin Yi (Chinese Taipei)                           Shane Van Boening (USA)

Ko Pin Chung (Chinese Taipei)                   Albin Ouschan (Austria)


DAY 1

QUADS 2-5 QUADS

KO/KO 5-2 IMMONEN/VAN BOENING

REYES/BUSTAMANTE 2-5 APPLETON/OUSCHAN

KO PIN YI 5-0 APPLETON

BUSTAMANTE 4-5 VAN BOENING

REYES/KO/KO 3-5 OUSCHAN/IMMONEN/VAN BOENING


EAST 2-4 WEST



DAY 2

KO PIN CHUNG 5-0 OUSCHAN

REYES 5-2 IMMONEN

BUSTAMANTE/KO/KO 2-5 APPLETON/VAN BOENING/IMMONEN

REYES/KO PIN CHUNG 5-3 VAN BOENING/APPLETON

QUADS 3-5 QUADS

KO PIN YI 0-5 VAN BOENING


EAST 5-7 WEST



DAY 3

KO/KO 5-2 IMMONEN/OUSCHAN

KO PIN YI 4-5 APPLETON

REYES/KO/KO 4-5 IMMONEN/VAN BOENING/APPLETON

QUADS 5-4 QUADS

KO PIN YI 5-3 OUSCHAN

BUSTAMANTE/KO/KO 3-5 OUSCHAN/IMMONEN/APPLETON


​FINAL RESULT: EAST 8-10 WEST



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The above picture is courtesy of The Kings Cup


Written and published by Michael Day on the 25th November 2015