by Jerome Lagunzad
Team Philippines passed with flying colors its initial test in the 2018 World Cup of Pool yesterday after a 7-3 victory over New Zealand at the Luwan Arena in Shanghai, China.
Behind reigning world 9-ball champion Carlo Biado and world No. 16 Jeffrey De Luna, the Philippines dropped the opening frame but took the next five and then held off the late charge of Kiwi rivals Matt Edwards and Marco Teutscher.
Biado and De Luna advanced to the Last 16 round of the single-elimination tourney that dangles a total prize of $250,000 and will take on the winner of the Korea-England encounter which will be played later in the day.
Spain also came out victorious in Day 2 as David Alcaide and Francisco Sanchez Ruiz eliminated Vietnamese foes Duong Quoc Hoang and Nguyen Anh Tuan, 7-3.