2011 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool Day 4: Quarterfinals cast complete; Alcano-Orcollo tandem survives

9 09 2011
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(9) Japan 6 vs. 8 Korea

The unheralded pair of Lee Gun Jae & Hwang Yong beat World 9-ball Champion Yukio Akagariyama and partner Lo Li-wen, 8-6 to set up a quarterfinal date with Sweden. The match was even at 3-3 before the Korean pair won 3 straight racks and then matched Japan rack for rack to win the Round of 16 match.

(4) Germany 8 vs. 3 Malaysia

Ralf Souquet continued his hot streak in Philippine soil as he paired up with Thorsten Hohmann to beat the Amir-Ooi tandem of Malaysia, 8-3 in the second round of the 2011 World Cup of Pool. Their victory earned them the right to face Efren Reyes and Django Bustamante in what could be an explosive quarterfinal encounter.  The lower ranked Malaysians were able to match the Germans early in the game to draw level at 3-3 before Soquet and Hohmann regained their first round form and win 5 straight to end the Malaysian hope in this year’s World Cup. Souquet thinks the pressure will be greater for the Philippine Team B as he said “Playing two legends in front of their home crowd maybe makes it tougher but tougher for them. They have more to lose than we do and I’m really looking forward to it and have a good feeling about it.”

Thailand 8 vs. 4 Estonia

The match between 2 giant killers ended in Thailand’s favor as they edged Estonia 8-4. Thailand beat Holland in round 1 while Estonia stunned England. Dennis Grabe & Erki Erm of Estonia we just down by one rack after the 9th game, 4-5 before Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin finished them off by winning 3 straight racks.

(11) Poland 8 vs. 3 Singapore

Poland’s Karol Skowerski & Radoslaw Babica continued their impressive form to beat another Southeast Asian pair after routing Vietnam in the 1st Round. This time they eliminated the Singapore team of Bernard Tey & Chan Keng Kwang that upset the USA in a hill-hill encounter a few days ago. The game was tied at 2-2 before Poland limited Singapore to one rack en route to an 8-3 victory. Next up for the Polish is another Southeast Asian entry in Thailand for a spot in the Final 4.

(7) Taiwan 8 vs. 7 (10) Italy

The Ko Brothers of Chinese-Taipei survived a hill-hill encounter against a tough Italian pair of Fabio Petroni & Bruno Muratore. Ko Pin-yi & Ko Ping-chun were on the hill after the 11th rack with a 7-4 which vanished after a furious rally by the Italians to tie the 2nd round match at 7-7. A dry break from Muratore handed the ball to the Taiwanese who run out the rack for the win and a place in the quarterfinals.

(2) Philippines 8 vs. (15) 6 Canada

Dennis Orcollo & Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines face Jason Klatt & John Morra of Canada for the right to face the 7th seeded Taiwan in the Quarterfinals. The game was very close early on as the 15th seeded Canadian pair took the initiative and took a 6-4 lead. The Philippines used to combination shots to level the score 6-6 before taking the lead for the first time at 7-6 on a good break by Alcano. The Philippines finished off a very good Canadian tandem in the next rack. The match gave the Filipino fans some nervous moments but eventually Orcollo and Alcano delivered a fine show.

Day 4 Recap: Save for Japan, the seeds held serve this round as teams like Germany, Taiwan, Philippines, and Poland entered the Last 8.  The pairings in the quarters are Sweden-Korea, Philippines B-Germany, Thailand- Poland, and Taiwan-Philippines A.


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