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Down 0-5, PH bets De Luna, Gomez stun USA to reach World Cup of Pool quarters

Delfin Dioquino
Down 0-5, PH bets De Luna, Gomez stun USA to reach World Cup of Pool quarters

FIGHTBACK. Jeff de Luna (left) and Roberto Gomez display their mettle in the second round of the 2021 World Cup of Pool.

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The Philippines' Jeff de Luna and Roberto Gomez weave their magic to eliminate their American foes and qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2021 World Cup of Pool

Filipino duo Jeff de Luna and Roberto Gomez rallied from a monumental deficit and completed an improbable comeback to reach the quarterfinals of the 2021 World Cup of Pool.

Buried in a deep hole in the race-to-seven duel, De Luna and Gomez won seven straight games to eliminate Americans Billy Thorpe and Skyler Woodward, 7-5, at the Stadium MK in England on Thursday, May 13.

Thorpe and Woodward were poised to move on the next round after building a comfortable 5-0 cushion, but costly mistakes left the comeback door ajar for the Filipinos.

In the ninth game, Thorpe had a chance to give USA a 6-3 advantage only to witness his bank shot for the seventh ball miss the corner pocket.

Gomez and De Luna sank the remaining seventh and ninth balls, respectively, to shave the Americans’ lead to 4-5 and went on to clinch the next three games for the stunning win.

The Filipinos will face Denis Grabe and Mark Magi of Estonia in a race-to-nine quarterfinal match.

Other teams which qualified for the quarterfinals include Slovakia, Japan, Great Britain C, Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark.

All eight quarterfinal pairs are already assured of taking home a $9,000 prize each. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.