DJANGO  BUSTAMANTE  COPS  WORLD  POOL  LEAGUE  TITLE, NIPPED  PAGULAYAN

MANILA,  October 26, 2004 (STAR) Francisco "Django" Bustamante snapped a long title drought on the world pool stage by winning the World Pool League crown, nipping compatriot Alex Pagulayan, 8-7, in a thrilling all-Filipino showdown at the N.O.T. Building in Warsaw, Poland Sunday.

"Matagal ko ng hinintay ito," said Bustamante, moments after beating the reigning world 9-ball champion in their match that was close throughout.

It was indeed a big victory for the 40-year-old Bustamante, who has had a string of misfortunes this year after claiming the world no. 1 ranking.

Unlike in his previous campaigns, however, Bustamante, a mainstay of Puyat Sports, hung tough against Pagulayan in a nip-and-tuck affair to capture the crown worth $20,000.

On his way to the final of the event featuring the world’s top six players, Bustamante drew with Thomas Engert, 5-5, Saturday to assure himself of a spot in the semifinals.

Bustamante actually seized control early on in the tournament by showing up the elite field from the first day up to the semis where he settled for a draw with Engert after blowing a 4-2 lead in one stretch.

The other players in the fold were last year’s champion Rodney Morris of the US, Niels Feijen of Holland and Steve Davis of England.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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