'Bata' Reyes, 'Django' Bustamante lead Team Asia vs. Europe-USA in Kings' Cup
Former World Pool Champions Francisco 'Django' Bustamante and Efren 'Bata' Reyes are the only Filipinos in the Asia squad. Jerome Ascano

POOL legends Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante team up to lead Asia in its showdown against Europe/USA in the Kings Cup set to start on Friday at Resorts World Manila.

Reyes, team captain of Team Asia, and Bustamante will be playing in the doubles competition opposite Team Europe/USA’s Darren Appleton of Great Britain and Albin Ouschan of Austria in one of the matches in Day One of the event patterned after Davis Cup of tennis and golf’s Ryder Cup.

The competition starts at 6 p.m. and will run until Sunday where the team with the most number of victories will take the Kings Cup title.

Reyes and Bustamante will be joined by world No. 1 Ko Pin-Yi and Ko Ping Chung of Chinese Taipei in the 4-on-4 play, where all the members of the team will see action against Europe’s Ouschan, Appleton, and Mika Immonen of Finland, along with American Shane Van Boening.

Bustamante will also be seeing action in the singles play on opening day as he faces Van Boening, while Appleton and Ko Pin-Yi will compete in the other singles match.

Ko and Ko will take on Van Boening and Immonen in the other doubles play, while teaming up with Reyes in the triples event against Ouschan, Immonen, and Van Boening.

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