EFREN 'Bata' Reyes is on the cusp of his first-ever world straight pool title after advancing to the semifinals of the Predator World Tournament of 14.1 straight pool competition in New York City.
Reyes hurdled Mika Immonen in the round-of-16, 200-86, before dispatching Corey Deuel in the quarterfinals, 200-108, to earn the berth in the Final Four of the tournament widely acknowledged as the world championship of straight pool.
With the win, Reyes is on the threshold of capturing a straight pool crown, a game that was widely played in the past before the rise in popularity of other variations of billiards games like 9-ball and 8-ball.
The undefeated Reyes will next face Darren Appleton, who is fresh from his conquest of the world 9-ball crown in Doha. The Briton defeated Stephan Cohen, 200-44, to make it to the semifinals.
Defending champion Thorsten Hohmann was ousted by John Schmidt, 200-164, in the other bracket. In the semifinals, Schmidt will take on Ralph Eckert, who also pulled off an upset victory by defeating Johnny Archer, 200-95.
The semifinals and finals will be played on Friday (Saturday Manila time).