The Philippines' Johann "Bad Koi" Chua outclassed Roland Garcia, 10-7, to claim the title in the money-rich Manny Pacquiao Valentines 10-ball Open Championship (Individual event) held at SM City in Bacolod City over the weekend.
Chua started hot, taking a 3-0 lead. Garcia rebounded winning 2 straight racks to trimmed down at 3-2 count. However, Chua , a two-time Japan Champion won 3 straight racks to get the upper hand again at 6-2 count before Garcia rallied and close the match at 6 all count in the 12th frame. The Bacolod City native Chua won another 3 racks to reach the hill at 9-6 count. Garcia the pride of Magalang, Pampanga won the 16th frame for a 9-7 count before Chua won the last rack.
On the road to the race-to-10 finals, Chua edged Patrick Gonzales, 9-8, in the semis while Garcia beat Jhek Alonsagay, 9-4, in another final four marquee matchups.
Chua earns P150,000 for his week's efforts while Garcia takes home half that in the event organized by Mary Grace Tambasen and Michael Feliciano and supported by World Boxing champion Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. Gonzales and Alonsagay takes home P40,000 each.-Marlon Bernardino-
Photo shows The Philippines' Johann "Bad Koi" Chua (center) received his glass championships trophy and the top prize of P150,000 during the closing rites of the money-rich Manny Pacquiao Valentines 10-ball Open Championship (Individual event) held at SM City in Bacolod City over the weekend. Also in photo are tournament director Michael Feliciano and tournament organizer Mary Grace Tambasen
by Marlon Bernardino