World 10-Ball Championships Continues

World 10-Ball Championships / Jacksonville, FL
by Rick Davis
Day Two of the World 10-Ball Championships which began at Bankshots Billiards in Jacksonville, FL on May 25, as the field of 96 players began to dwindle down to the top 16 that will return for the single-elimination reshuffle sometime Saturday.
Right out of the gate, recent 2007 9-Ball Open Champion Dennis Orcollo skipped through a first-round bye then drilled Richard Jones 10-3, and although still on the winners’ side a tough match against Darren Appleton lays ahead. Appleton did well himself, besting Florida Tour regular Neil Fujiwara 10-4 then squeaking past Luc Salvas double-hill. Overall the winners’ side is one of the stiffest fields seen this year, with matches like Francisco Bustamante versus Troy Frank and Allen Hopkins versus Marlon Manalo. Other assorted top players like Johnny Archer, Ronnie Wiseman, and Ralf Souquet are in the winners’ side mix as well.
Over on the one-loss side things are starting to pile up as well. Young gun John Morra eliminated Sparky Ferrell 10-6 to stay alive, while Richard Broumpton sent Anna Kostanian home after a 10-2 shellacking, which pits him against German world-beater Thomas Engert next.
The field continues to clash at high speed as the remaining rounds will separate the cream of the crop from those that are going home. Stay tuned to for more news and scores from this international event.