Jesse Gonzales breaks first in the race-to-8 finals game. Carlito "Vice" de Castro is given a plus 1 game handicap. The CEO of DMC Philippines shows superb pocketing skills as he downs balls 1 to 4, before missing on the orange 5. Vice safeties the 5, which Jesse counters with a masse shot! Vice goes for another safety! Jesse uses his jump cue and hits it good. My best friend, Vice, runs out 5, 6, and 8 before babying the 9 in the corner pocket! Jesse Gonzales takes first blood. Score: 1-1.
Jesse Gonzales, one of the notable pillars of the Philippine music industry, scratches on a strong break. Vice fails on a difficult 1,9 combination. Jesse pockets the 1 ball before pocket the 9-ball via a 2,9 combo shot! Dangerously precise! Score: 2-1, Jesse.
Jesse is on his third straight break, downs the red 3. A safety shot by Jesse allows Vice the opportunity to try for a 1,9 carom to the right corner pocket - fails by a hair thread! Jesse fails to bank the 2-ball. Vice sees an opportunity and downs the 2, 4, and 5 balls. He misses the green 6!. Jesse Gonzales pockets the 6 and 7 before missing on an easy 8 due to a thick slice on the black. Vice easily clears out the table. Score: 2-2
Vice, the winningest player on the Coach's Tour 9-ball tour, breaks for the first time in the Php20,000 Winner-Take-All 9-ball finals! He downs the 8-ball on the break. Misses the yellow 1 on a rail shot. Jesse wins with a 1,9 carom in the upper right corner pocket. Score 3-2, Jesse.
Jesse Gonzales downs three balls on the break! He tries to put the blue 2 in safety, which Vice easily downs in the corner. However, Carlito de Castro fails to capitalize and miss pocketing the red 3. Jesse also fails to pocket it but luckily sends the 4-ball into the corner pocket! But wait, he scratches too! Lito, ball-in-hand, downs the red 3. He performs a successful combination shot on the 8 using the green 6. He downs the 6 and 7 before pocketing a difficult 9 in the left corner pocket! Dangerously accurate is the force behind Tullet-Prebon! Score 3-3.
Vice scores dry on the break. The CEO of DMC Philippines misses on the yellow 1. Carlito de Castro downs it with a rail shot, the red 3 via a combo with the blue 2, which he then pocketed in the corner pocket. He misses on the orange 5 after an excellent shot on the 4, which was downed in the corner pocket, bottom right. Jesse misses on the 5. Vice goes for a safety shot on the orange ball. Jesse Gonzales goes for a good shot on the 5. Vice tries for another safety but leaves the orange ball hanging on the side pocket! Jesse misses! Vice finally downs the 5 and 6 but was left with a very difficult shot on the brown 7. He misses on a kick shot on the 7. With ball-in-hand, Jesse babies the cue ball for the 7! The crowd is silent! Everyone is! The MAPPA President downs the brown ball and pockets a difficult black 8. He is left with a straight shot on the 9 - and successfully converts! Vice takes the lead at 4-3!
The force behind Tullet-Prebon breaks! It's a dry one for my best friend. Jesse goes for the 1-ball via a rail shot but misses. Vice safeties the yellow one. The incoming MAPPA Vice President goes for the 1-ball via a jump shot and misses it. Vice combos the 9-ball with the 1-ball and wins the rack! It's 5-3, y'all!
Vice breaks and it's a dry one, again. DMC Philippines' CEO fails to pocket the 1-ball in the corner pocket, bottom right. Vice successful safeties the 1-ball. Vice successfully converts on his safety, downs the 2-ball in the side before going for another safety on the red 3. Jesse Gonzales makes the 3 in the corner pocket, bottom right. He also downs the 4 in the top right corner pocket. A successful 5,9 combination shot into the left corner pocket has the game at 5-4!
Jesse breaks and has a dry one this time. Vice makes a good shot on the 1-ball. Jesse safeties it. Vice hits the 1-ball and luckily downs the 4-ball. The Carlito tries for a 1,9 combination site towards the right corner pocket. He succeeds! Score: 6-4, Vice.
Carlito de Castro breaks and downs the 2-ball in the right corner pocket. Downs the 1-ball in the same pocket before pocketing the 3 in the top left corner pocket. He pockets the 4-ball on the opposite pocket and the 5-ball in the side. A difficult shot on the green 6 has Vice using the bridge. He safeties it. Jesse Gonzales pockets it, nonetheless, but misses on the top right corner pocket for the 7-ball! Vice sinks the brown 7 and 8, and is left with an easy shot on the 9-ball for the top right corner pocket via a fantastic display of cue-ball control prowess! Score: 7-4, Vice.
Vice de Castro downs the 5 and 6 on the break! A failed 1,9-combination shot has Jesse back on the table. Jesse tries for a similar combination! Good shot, but the 1-ball failed to hit the 9. Lito commits a foul on the 1 ball - babies the shot. Jesse pockets the 1-ball in the side pocket; the 4 via a combination with the blue 2; but fails to convert on the red 3 at the corner pocket. Vice makes the 3-ball in the corner but fails to capitalize on the 8-ball. Jesse Gonzales, using the bridge, makes the black 8! He successfully places the 9-ball in safety, leaving Vice with no other options but a bank shot, a thin cut for the side pocket, or a safety. Vice fails with a reverse bank shot and sends Jesse for the win! Score: 7-5, Vice.
Jesse breaks and downs the brown 7! He goes for a 1,9 combo and fails to convert! He leaves Carlito "Vice" de Castro with a perfect 1,9 combination to boot! Vice wins the 9-ball competition at 8-5!
Congratulations Vice! Magaling ka na talaga! Ang aking matalik na kaibigan is now MAPPA's best money player and one of the best in the metro! And I kid you not! To Jesse, congratulations kaibigan! Indeed, it was a great match! And to the participants of the MAPPA Php20,000 Winner-Take-All Tour, congratulations for a great show!
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