WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Semifinal Preview

29 06 2012

Quarterfinal Results:

Ralf Souquet (GER) 11 – 9 Nick Van Den Berg (NED)

Lee He Wen (CHN) 11 – 10 Antonio Gabica (PHL)

Naoyuki Ohi (JAP) 11 – 9 Karl Boyes (GBR)

Darren Appleton (GBR) 11 – 9 Ko Pin Yi (TAI)

After 4 very close games in the quarterfinals, the World 9 Ball Championship is down to its final 4 players.  The final 4 is composed of:

  1. Ralf Souquet of Germany – “The Kaiser” has already won the World 9 Ball Championship 16 years ago when he beat Sweden’s Tom Storm in the finals.  If he wins this year’s edition he will join Earl StricklandJohnny Archer, and Chap Fong Pang as the only multiple time winners of the history of the World 9-Ball Championship.  Souquet has also been the runner-up twice in 2001 (vs. Immonen) and 2006 (vs. Alcano). The last time a German won in the tournament is way back in 2003 when Thorsten Hohmann beat Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan.
  2. Lee He Wen of China – Lee started the tournament at the wrong foot after falling to Taiwanese ace Chao Fang Pong in his first match of the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship.  Ever since that loss, he has strung up 6 straight wins to be in the semifinals. He eliminated Edwin Montal of Canada, Roman Hybler of Czech Republic, Jason Klatt of Canada, John Morra of Canada, Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait, and Antonio Gabica of the Philippines, on his way to a semifinal match-up against Ralf Souquet.  He sent home 3 Canadians in his quest to become the first ever World 9 Ball Champion from China.
  3. Naoyuki Ohi of Japan – Ohi is hoping to duplicate the feat of his countryman Yukio Akagariyama who won last year’s edition of World 9 Ball Championship. Should he win the tournament, he will be the 4th Japanese to win the title after Akagariyama (2011), Takahashi Kunihiko (1998), and Okumura Takeshi (1994).  He prevented an all-British semifinals by beating Karl Boyes in the quarterfinals.  He will face another GBR bet Darren Appleton for a spot in the finals.
  4. Darren Appleton of Great Britain – Five years ago, Daryl Peach became the first Briton to win the World 9-Ball Championship. Darren Appleton hopes to duplicate the achievement of his countryman in this year’s championship. Nickname “Dynamite”, Appleton is a former World 10-Ball Champion. He also won the 2010 U.S. Open 9-ball Tournament. Winning this tournament will add to the long list of accomplishments of the PontefractWest YorkshireEngland-native.

The final 4 match-ups will be Souquet vs. Lee and Ohi vs. Appleton. All semifinalists are assured of $12,000.  The losing finalist will win $20,000 while the champion gets $40,000.

Darren Appleton

Ralf Souquet

Naoyuki Ohi

Lee He Wen


Men’s Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship 2012 QF: US, Canada eliminated

18 05 2012

Here are the quarterfinal results in the ongoing 2012 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships:

Canada  3 –  Slovakia

(1-2, 2-0, 0-2)

May 17th 2012, h. 13:00

Slovakia ended a string of seven straight defeats against Canada by eliminating the later in their quarterfinal pairing with a magical 4-3 victory.  The last time Slovakia won was in the 2002 finals. The defeat sent Canada bowing out in the quarterfinals for the 3rd straight year. The Slovaks struck early as they gained a 2 goal advantage in the first period via goals from Branko Radivojevic  and Miroslav Satan. Canada’s lackadaisical first period was redeemed by a goal by Evander Kane that was setup by Ryan Getzlaf .  The second period was all Canada as they outshot their opponents 17-7 which resulted to 2 goals from Jeff Skinner and Alexandre Burrows.  Trailing 3-2, Slovakia responded by tying the game with a Milan Bartovic‘s goal with 6:30 left in the game. The game winner came on a power play goal by Michal Handzus with 2:28 left.

Russia  5 – 2  Norway

(2-1, 0-1, 3-0)

May 17th 2012, h. 14:45

Top-seeded Russia took care of business by beating Norway, 5-2. It was not an easy win as the score line suggest as the game was tied at 2-2 going into the final period. The win brought Russia to the semifinals for the 6th straight year. Norway has never defeated Russia in the 9 times they met in the World Championships. Alexei Yemelin, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Popov, Nikolai Zherdev, and Ilya Nikulin scored for Russia who needed a 3 goal outburst in the 3rd period to put the game away. Patrick Thoresen and and Per-Åge Skrøder  were the scorers for the fast rising Norwegian team.

Sweden  3 –  Czech Republic

(1-2, 1-1, 1-1)

May 17th 2012, h. 20:15

In a “Big Six” match-up, the Czech Republic eliminated 2012 co-hosts Sweden from the competition with a dramatic 4-3 victory.  The 2 countries met in an do or die match for the fifth straight year. Sweden eliminated the Czech Republic in 2008, 2009, and last year while the Czechs booted out the Swedes in 2010 en route to their world championship trophy that year.  Loui Eriksson found the net early for the hosts for a 1-0 lead.  Czech Republic tied it with a goal by Petr Nedved.  Jiri Novotny’s goal gave the Czechs a 2-1 lead after the first period of play. Martin Erat’s power play goal doubled the lead.  Detroit Red Wing’s Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson rallied the home team with goals to tie the game to 3-all.  The heartbreaking game winner though came with 29 seconds left when Milan Michalek stole the puck from Niklas Kronwall and beat goalkeeper Viktor Fasth.  The Czechs will face the Slovaks in a tough battle for a final slot.

United States  2 –  Finland

(0-0, 1-1, 1-2)

May 17th 2012, h. 18:30

Co-hosts Finland remained in the competition after showing the U.S.A. the exits with 3-2 win. Jesse Joensuu scored 2 goals for the defending champions. He scored the game’s first goal while his second was the game winning goal that was made with only 8.8 seconds left in the game clock. Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Ryan scored goals for USA for a 2-1 lead early in the third period.  The game was tied with 6:58 left when Valtteri Filppula’s shot was deflected by Mikko Koivu’s skate for a goal.  The tied game was an excellent set-up for the game winner by Joensuu.  The Finns will be battling the Russians for place in the finals.

2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup: Final 4 starts tomorrow

9 04 2012

The quarterfinals ended on Easter Sunday with Barako Bull and B-Meg Llamados carving out victories in their do or die battles with Alaka Aces and Meralco Bolts respectively. Barako Bull will face top seed Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in a best of five series for a spot in the finals.  The other match-up will be between sister teams B-Meg Llamados and Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Game Recap: Barako Bull 106-85 Alaska Aces

Undersized Gabe Freeeman showed that he is capable of leading any team to a PBA championship by giving the Barako Bull a 34 point-19 rebound boost to propel the lower seeded Barako Bull to an upset victory over Alaska Aces. Freeman outplayed Alaska import Adam Parada who finished his Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Barako Bull made their move in the second quarter to pull away from a tight first period. By halftime, they led 55-42 and they never look back en route to another semifinal stint in the Commissioner’s Cup. Veteran guards Ronald Tubid and Willie Miller each contributed 20 points to give Freeman the scoring support that he needed.

Game Recap: B-Meg Llamados 86-76 Meralco Bolts

In the main game, the B-Meg Llamados and Tim Cone resurrected their hopes for a PBA title by rallying against the youthful Meralco Bolts. B-Meg needed a 25-9 wind-up to earn the right to face the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals. Denzel Bowles had a very productive game finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. He got scoring support from Joe DeVance  and Peter Jun Simon who scored 15 and 16 markers respectively. It was a sorry loss for Meralco who had monster games from Solomon Mercado (27 pts 5 rebs) and import Earl Barron (23 pts 11 rebs 4 blks). The victory is Tim Cone’s first series victory over former B-Meg coach Ryan Gregorio.

The semifinals will start tomorrow with Barako Bull battling the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Tip off will be at 6:45 pm.

2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship Quarterfinal Results: Top seeds pull through; CHN, PHL, KOR, and JAP in the semis

26 10 2011

PHL complete semis cast

The semifinals of the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships will feature 3 East Asian teams and a lone representative from the South East Asia. Traditional powerhouses China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines make up the Final 4. The final 4 teams are the teams that dominated Asian basketball before the emergence of the Middle East basketball powers. Iran was supposed to figure well in the competition but they were absent this year. Here is how the quarterfinal matches went:

Japan 71 – 52 Lebanon

Japan used a 25-8 first quarter to vault them to the semifinals. Reliable big man Yusei Sugiura led the scoring for the boys from the Land of the Rising Sun with 24 points. The physical Sugiura will now have a chance to bang bodies with China’s Zhou Qi. Japan’s tempo was too much for the Lebanese as the taller squad from the Middle East was left panting and trailing big early. Daiki Kaneko played 40 minutes and score 16 behind a 4/7 shooting from the 3-point land. Jimmy Salem was the lone bright star for Lebanon as he finished with 24 points.

China 100 – 19 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

China gave Saudi Arabia a sound beating with a 100-19 domination of their quarterfinal match. 5 Chinese players scored in double figures led by Heng Yifeng. Star player Zhou Qi played just 10 minutes and finished with 8 points. The Group E top seeds held the Saudis to 2 points in the 2nd quarter. The halftime score was 53-7. China will battle Japan for a spot in the finals and a slot to the 2011 FIBA U17 Championships.

Korea 107 – 48 Indonesia

Indonesia was toe to toe with Korea and the first 5 minutes of the game as they just trail by 2 at 4-6. Korea found its bearing at the later part of the first period as they capped the quarter with 13-0 run to lead 19-4. From there, the South Koreans just coasted for an easy 107-48 victory. The blowout gave coach Kim Dongsoo a chance to rest their starters and gave the second stringers a chance to build their confidence going to the more important and challenging games in the tournament. Substitute Shin Mincheol led the scoring 22 points along with 2 three-point baskets. Starter Kim Gookchan had 17. Taufik Ramadhan’s 13 points led the Indons.

Philippines 82 – 69 Iraq

Just like the previous games, the SEABA U16 champions Philippines just needed a strong first period to win against its opponent. This game however tested their resolve as the WABA U16 champions Iraq threatened to steal the game midway in the final period. The Philippines opened the game with a 13-2 lead before settling for a 30-9 lead after the first quarter. Iran slowly ate up the lead as it was down to 17 at halftime and to 10 at the end of the 3rd period. Iran made a run early in the 4th canto to cut the lead to just six, 60-66. The Philippines, however, held on with the help of clutch hits from Henry Asilum. Iraq ran out of time as they were forced to foul to stop clock and Philippines made enough free throw despite shooting a horrendous 15 for 32 from the charity stripe. Michael Jay Javelosa led 3 other Filipinos in double figures. Ahmed Razzaq led the Iraqis with a game high 20 points propelled big 6 long range bombs. Razzaq made 6 of the 9 3-point shots by Iraq. The other 3 were made by Karrar Hamzah who finished with 19. The Philippines’ victory set them up to a mouth-watering match against long-time rivals Korea. Quarter by Quarter details

Games tomorrow:

0900 13/14 PLC Vietnam Qatar
1100 9/10 PLC India Chinese Taipei
1300 5/8 PLC Lebanon K. Saudi Arabia
1500 5/8 PLC Indonesia Iraq
1700 SF Japan China
1900 SF Korea Philippines

AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011: Quarterfinals Initial Results; Barriga’s olympic dream alive

5 10 2011
2012 Summer Olympics

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Baku, Azerbaijan – Mark Anthony Barriga’s chance to go to the 2012 London Olympics lies in the fists of the his conqueror Zou Shiming of China. Zou needs to reach the finals in order to give Barriga a free ride to London. Zou is one step closer to the finals as he beat Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon in the quarterfinals of the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships. One more win and Barriga would need to send a thank you card to the legendary Chinese amateur boxer. Zou Shiming will face David Ayrapetyan. It will be a rematch of their 2007 fight where Zou won 23-6. A lot has changed since 2007 since the Baku -born Russian fighter was a silver medallist in the 2009 world championships.

Here are the other  initial results of the Quarterfinal matches:

-49KG Category, Quarterfinals

ZOU Shiming (CHN) b. Kaeo PONGPRAYOON (THA)  14-8
David AYRAPETYAN (RUS) B. Jose de la NIEVE (ESP)  15-8
Serdamba PUREVDORJ (MGL) b. Yosbany VEITIA (CUB)  RSC r.1
Jong SHIN (KOR) b. Devendro LAISHRAM (IND)  28-16

-56KG Category, Quarterfinals

Luke CAMPBELL (ENG) b. Detelin Stefanov DALAKLIEV (BUL)  12-8
John Joe NEVIN (IRL) b. Orzubek SHAYIMOV (UZB)  19-17
Anvar YUNUSOV (TJK) b. Sergey VODOPIYANOV (RUS)  19-9
Lazaro ALVAREZ ESTRADA (CUB) b. Joseph DIAZ (USA)  19-10

-64KG Category, Quarterfinals

Denys BERINCHYK (UKR) b. Heybatulla HAJIALIYEV (AZE)  33-19
Thomas Lee STALKER (ENG) b. Manoj KUMAR (IND) 24-18
Everton LOPES (BRA) b. Gyula KATE (HUN)  AB. r.3
Vincenzo MANGIACAPRE (ITA) b. Munkh-Erdene URANCHIMEG (MGL)  16-11

-75KG Category, Quarterfinals

Ryota MURATA (JPN) b. Darren O’NEILL (IRL)  18-9
Esquiva FALCAO FLORENTINO (BRA) b. Danabek SUZHANOV (KAZ)  13-10
Ievgen KHYTROV (UKR) b. Aleksandar DRENOVAK (SRB)  34-15
Bogdan JURATONI (ROU) b. Andranik HAKOBYAN (ARM)  21-17

-81KG Category, Quarterfinals

Egor MEKHONTSEV (RUS) b. Oleksandr GVOZDYK (UKR)  27-21
Julio De LA CRUZ PERAZA (CUB) b. Damien Duncan HOOPER (AUS)  14-13
Adilbek NIYAZYMBETOV (KAZ) b. Fanlong MENG (CHN)  AB. r.3
Elshod RASULOV (UZB) b. Ehsan ROUZBAHANI (IRI)  15-7

-91KG Category, Quarterfinals

Oleksandr USYK (UKR) b. Artur BETERBIEV (RUS)  17-13
Siarhei KARNEYEU (BLR) b. Chouaib BOULOUDINAT (ALG)  AB. r.2
Teymur MAMMADOV (AZE) b. Jose Angel LARDUET GOMEZ (CUB)  24-20
Xuanxuan WANG (CHN) b. Vassiliy LEVIT (KAZ)  11-9

26th FIBA Asia Championships: Final 4 cast complete; Gilas battles Jordan for a final slot

24 09 2011

Wuhan, China – Only four teams are left to contend for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship for Men after the 4 quarterfinal games earlier today. Here are the results of the quarterfinal games:

Jordan 88 – 84 Iran

Top Performers:

Hamed Hadadi (Iran) 27 points 14 rebounds 7 assists 3 blocks

Osama Daghles (Jordan) 23 points 4 rebounds 5 assists 3 steals

Key Stats:

Free Throw Shooting- Jordan (16/20 80%) Iran (20/33 61%)

Points of Turnover- Jordan 23 Iran 15

Surprising Players:

Zaid Naem Alkhas 14 points (4/7 in 3 point attempts)

Wesam Al-Sous 12 point (4/5 in 3 point range)

Jordan sent two-time defending champion Iran home as they rallied in the final minutes of the game from a 77-78 deficit to am emphatic 88-84 win. 2009 Bronze medallist will have another shot to earn medals in this year’s tournament.


Korea 86 – 67 Japan

Top Performers:

Moon Taejong 17 points 6 rebounds 4 assists 1 block

Kosuke Takeuchi 16 points 13 rebounds 2 assists 2 blocks

Key Stats:

Rebounds- Korea 47 Japan 35

Assists – Korea 24 Japan 13

Disappointing Players:

Joji Takeuchi (Japan) 4 points 1 rebound

Takuya Kawamura (Japan) 1/8 FG shooting

After missing out on a semi-final spot in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championships in 2009, the Hur Jae-coached Korean squad made sure that pounce on Japan early and earn a shot for a finals berth. The Koreans controlled the first quarter and held 23-11 first quarter lead. They pulled away in the 2nd period and coasted to a lopsided win over Japan.


Philippines 95 – 78 Taiwan

Top Players:

Marcus Douthit (PHL) 37 points 10 rebounds 1 steal 1 blocked shot

Tseng Wen-Ting (TPE) 20 pointd 5 rebounds 2 assists

Key Stats:

Points in the Paint: PHL 50 TPE 30

Points of turnovers PHL 20 TPE 11

Surprising Player:

Ranidel De Ocamppo 18 points 5 caroms 3 dishes 1 steal and 1 block

The Philippines pounded a gritty Taipei team in the inside and ended up breaking a 24 year streak of missing the semifinals of the FIBA Asia Championships. The last time they made the semifinals was in Bangkok 1987. Ranidel de Ocampo The Smart Gilas will have a rematch against second round victim Jordan who eliminated the dreaded Iranian national team.


China 68 – 48 Lebanon

Top Players:

Lie Wei (CHI)  13 points (only 1 miss in 7 attempts)

Samuel Hoskin (LEB) 2o points 10 rebounds 1 assist and 1 steal

Key Stats:

3 point shooting – China (4/12) Leb (2/21)

Points of turnover – China 21 Lebanon 14

Disappointing Player:

Jean Abdel El Nour 4 points (2 of 9 shooting) 30:58 of game time.

The hosts China made a date with Korea in tomorrow’s semi-final pairings after beating Lebanon. The game was close in the first 2 periods. China pulled away in the 3rd period as they outscored Jordan 30-10. Their lead was 19 already at the start of the 4th period.

Games Tomorrow:

Philippines vs. Jordan

China vs. Korea


2011 PartyPoker.Net World Cup of Pool Quarterfinal Results: Philippine Teams eliminated

10 09 2011
German pool player Thorsten Hohmann at the Eur...

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Here are the results of tonight’s quarterfinal matches of the 2011 World Cup of Pool:

Sweden 5 vs. 9 Korea

The pairing Lee Gun Jae & Hwang Yong has reached the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup of Pool as they beat Sweden’s Marcus Chamat & Thomas Mehtala. The surprising Koreans blitzed the Swedes to a 6-2 lead then held on to win 9-5.

(4) Germany 9 vs. 1 (5) Philippines B

Ralf SouquetThorsten Hohmann of Germany never gave a chance to the legendary pair of Efren Reyes & Francisco Bustamante from the host country to win convincingly their quarterfinal duel 9-1. The Filipino pair did not take advantage of the poor breaking of the Germans as they missed several makable  shots. Ralf Souquet is going deep again in a tournament held at the Block Atrium at SM City North Edsa. The Germans will be facing Korea in the semifinals.

(11) Poland 6 vs. 9 Thailand

After beating two Southeast Asian teams in the past 2 rounds, the Polish team of Karol Skowerski & Radoslaw Babica faced a Thai team of Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin with great confidence. The Thai team however, showed that they belong to this tournament that pits the worlds best as they battled Team Poland rack for rack to eventually grab the lead for good at the 11th rack for 6-5 score. They held on to win 9-6 and grabbed a spot in the Final 4.

(7) Taiwan 9 vs. 8 Philippines A

The last game of the round turned out to be the best among the 4 pairings. Team Taiwan of Ko Pin-yi & Ko Ping-chun battled the Philippine’s Dennis Orcollo & Ronnie Alcano in a hill-hill encounter. The Philippines started the game strong to grab 3-rack leads at 4-1 and 5-2. The Ko brothers won 5 straight racks to silence the home crowd at 7-5. The teams split the next 2 racks to put the Taiwenese at the hill 8-6. A dry break from Team Taiwan brought the World’s No.1 and No.3 ranked players back at the table and they did not disappoint as they leveled the match at 8-8. A sorry miss by Alcano in the last rack gave the Taiwenese the victory, 9-8. It’s going to be Taiwan vs. Thailand in the second semifinal pairing.

Day 5 Recap (September 10, 2011): The 2 teams from the host country fell today. One was routed. The other one lost in a heartbreaker. It was tough but as the saying goes, anything can happen. That is the beauty of a single elimination tournament.

It is going to be Germany vs. Korea and Taipei vs. Thailand. 3 Asian teams have made it to the Final 4. Germany is the lone European team but it is the highest seed left. Expect the unexpected in tomorrow’s games.

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