Roger “ The Ghost” Espiritu topped the “King of Hill” 8-Ball Championship held last weekend at Poseidon's Bar and Grill.
Espiritu prevailed over 19 other players and secured the championships after beating Nolan Cultura in the finals.
The eventual champion broke but fouled on his break in Game 1 of the finals. Cultura, with a ball in hand, behind the head string line had a strong start, running all six of his seven balls. He missed on his seventh shot before the 8-ball. Espiritu was back on the table, but muffed his first shot. Then Cultura could not close the first game, as he also faltered on tough cut on the 8-ball, while Espiritu pocketed his remaining assigned balls to take the first win.
In Game 2, Nolan broke but Lady Luck was not on his side that evening, as Espiritu managed to secure the win by running the table and went home with a trophy from Pacific Amusement and Budweiser and gift packs from Budweiser, Docomo Pacific, and Micronesian Brokers, Inc. and $120 cash.
Cultura also took home a trophy and gift packs, but settled for a $30 cash prize, as he fell to Luis Fajardo in the battle for second place. Fajardo pocketed $50, while Joseph Achas rounded out the Top 4 and earned $20 plus gift packs from the event sponsors.
Espiritu advanced to the finals after winning over Erwin Gomez, R.J. Mascarinas, and Robert Sanciangco in the elimination and downing Fajardo in the semis. Cultura, on the other hand, won over Juancho Mendoza, Rolly Villanueva, and Achas to earn the right to challenge Espiritu in the finals.
Meanwhile, an open 8-ball individual tournament will begin on Oct. 7 at Poseidon's Bar and Grill. Entrance fee is only $10 and BCA rule will be applied with safety play. It will be a double elimination, single-game format competition. (Saipan Tribune)