Str8 Black Ball tries to keep lead


The Tasha’s Str8 Black Ball will try to stop three other teams’ attempt to derail their title bid as the Saipan Billiards Association Open 8-Ball Tuesday League enters its last two weeks of matches.

Str8 Black Ball holds a slim 130-91 edge over the 9 Eleven Domoco Hustlers (129-92) with the 9 Eleven Titans (122-99) and the Chow Time Blue Haus Destroyers (120-101) not far behind.

Tasha’s Crazy 8 (86-135) and Chow Time Assassins (76-145) are the other competing teams in the said division.

The Black Ball was playing the Titans, while the Hustlers were challenging the Crazy 8 and the Destroyers taking on the Assassins. Results were not yet available at press time.

The Str8 Black Ball, third placers before last week’s games, jumped to the lead after a 13-0 blanking of the Assassins on Aug. 15. The Tuesday League’s last two play dates are Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.

Mervin Sahagun, Jeff Gayas, Rey Hermogenes, Oliver Gragasin, and Orly Tibus proved to be no match as they blasted the Assassins’ John Reyes, Chris Camacho, Julian Reyes, and Randy Sablan.

The Hustlers, not to be outdone, completed a masterful 10-3 triumph against the Titans to remain in the shadows of the new leaders. Crazy 8 defeated the Destroyers, 8-7, in the other match.

In the Thursday League, the 9 Eleven Titans II coasted to a 10-3 decision against the Tasha’s Extreme, while the 9 Eleven Jam Shooters scored a 9-4 win over the Chow Time Blue Haus Homeboyz.

The Tasha’s Wild Bill’s also downed the Sands Team SCS, 9-4, and the Chow Time 8-Black Ball defeated the 9 Eleven MJD Warriors, 8-5, in the other matches.

The Black Ball’s win upped their record to 136-85 followed by the Warriors’ 130-91 record. The Titans II is in third place with a 126-95 card, while the Wild Bill’s are in fourth (118-103).

Team SCS (112-109), Homeboyz (91-130), Jam Shooters (89-132), and the Extreme (82-139) complete the standings. The Thursday League’s schedule of games will be on Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7 and 14.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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