Team West holds communication advantage over Team Asia
An all-English speaking Team West finds confidence on their squad's communication against Team Asia.
The Team West may be threading on their rival’s home turf but the crack pool players coming from the US and Europe hold a big advantage over Team Asia in the inaugural Kings Cup at Resorts World Manila.
Each team is composed of world champion cue artists but Team West can take advantage of their good communication between players compared to Team Asia, a squad spearheaded by Pinoy legends Django Bustamante and Efren “Bata” Reyes with Taiwanese Ko Pin Yi and Ko Ping Chung.
“I think our biggest advantage against them is that all of us can speak English. This is a team contest so having good communication with your team is important,” said Team West captain Finnish Mika Immonen, a two time world champion.
Immonen will team up with American Shane Van Boening, Briton Daren Appleton and Austrian Albin Ouschan.
Team Asia skipper Reyes said that though communication could be a challenge, they will bank on each other’s skill and strategy to bag the crown in the three-day, 10-ball race-to-10 team tournament format.
“Magagaling naman itong mga kasangga ko. Kaya matibay na rin itong team namin,” said the 61-year-old Reyes.
“Yes that could be true,” Imonnen countered referring to Team Asia banking more on their individual skills on the table. “But sometimes there are things that you want your teammate to do that can get lost in translation.”
Under the tournament format each team will compete in a 4 versus 4, two doubles pairing, two singles matches and a 3-on-3 10-ball race-to-five contest. The first team to win 10 matches will take the crown.
Competition starts Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
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