THE star-studded Philippine billiards team seeks a place in the quarterfinals of the 2012 World Pool Team Championships when it plays Norway at the start of the knockout phase on Thursday in Beijing, China.
The PH-Norway tussle is one of eight matches to be played at the Tongzhou Luhe High School as the field is now down to the final 16 teams vying for the top prize of US$80,000.
Other round-of-16 pairings pit Chinese-Taipei against India, Sweden against Indonesia, Great Britain against Australia, Poland against China 1, Germany against Japan, South Korea against Canada, and China 2 against Finland.
The team of Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo and Rubilen Amit completed a sweep of its Group A matches following a 6-0 thrashing of Croatia (Ivica Putnik, Bozo Primic, Carlo Calmatin Zrinka Antonijevic).
The PH cue artists had already secured a spot in the knockout round after a 5-1 victory over Estonia.
Also winning in the final day of the group stages was Chinese-Taipei, which beat Germany, 4-2.
The Great Britain team of reigning world 9-ball champion Darren Appleton is also through to the knockout phase despite a draw with South Korea, 3-3, as are the two Chinese teams in the tournament.