THE Philippine team bowed out of the World Team Pool Championships, losing a shootout in the quarterfinals against Japan, 5-7, on Wednesday night in Beijing.
The team of Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo and Rubilen Amit was able to fight back from a 1-3 deficit to tie the match and force a shootout -- a race-to-six affair where players need to pocket the eight-ball across the table.
The shootout was tied at 5-5 when Reyes missed on his turn, allowing the Japan team of Yukio Akagariyama, Toru Kuribayashi, Naoyuki Oi, Chihiro Kawahara to finish it off and advance to the semifinal round.
The Philippines began the day on a roll, blanking Norway, 4-0, in the round-of-16 but failed to hurdle Japan, which downed the powerhouse Germany team of Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann, Oliver Ortmann and Jasmin Michel, 4-2, in the first round.
In other matches, Great Britain outlasted China I in the shootout, 6-3, but China II made it to the semifinals with a 4-2 win over Canada.
Chinese Taipei defeated Sweden, 4-1, to also book a spot in the semifinals.