Voyagers rule Tuesday League after rout of Jokers Hustlers


The Jokers IT&E Voyagers hardly broke a sweat in claiming the Budweiser Open 8-Ball Tuesday League crown after a 9-1 rout of the Jokers Hustlers in last week’s finals.

Mark Butac and Brian Nelvis opened up the Voyagers’ title campaign by beating Rowel Mariano and Senen Pangilinan in the Partner’s 8-Ball.

The Voyagers were unstoppable from there, winning five straight in the Singles and Partner’s 8-Ball events courtesy of Nelvis, Butac, Rolly Villanueva, R.J. Mascarinas, and Roman Villanueva.

Rowel Mariano scored the Hustlers’ lone victory when he halted Butac’s winning run in the second set of Singles 8-Ball matches.

Nelvis, on the other hand, sealed the Voyagers’ victory after beating Robert Sanciangco in the last Singles 8-Ball in the race-to-nine contest. The Voyagers and Hustlers renewed their rivalry in yesterday’s SBA Cup with the final results unavailable at press time.

In other results, the Destroyers came back from two games down in escaping with a 9-8 triumph against the Titans to finish third.

Nolan Cultura and Cesar Sangalang defeated Ray Matsunaga and Randy Sablan in the final Partner’s 8-Ball to break an 8-all count.

The Destroyers and Titans again clashed last night with a finals berth at stake. The winner will face the team that would emerge victorious from the Voyagers-Hustlers match in the semifinals.

The Jokers StraightBlackBall and the Jonny’s Crazy 8 collide next week with the winner moving to the finals on April 19.

In the Thursday League, the final matches tomorrow would determine the champion with National Alamo Car Rental holding a145-102 card against the 144-103 slate of the Homeboyz.

The standings were updated after the Homeboyz’s 7-6 edging of Alamo last Thursday.

The Jokers WildBoyz also has a shot at the title following a 12-1 thumping of the Rack ‘N’ Roll. It improved to 141-106, while its opponent dropped to 100-147. Wild Bill’s (129-116) downed cellar dweller Jonny’s Team SCS (82-165), 7-4, in the other match.

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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