Four Left in the Lucasi Hybrid Straight Pool Event
From 16 to four, the heat is on and the runs are higher. The final 16 players of the straight pool event began this morning with 11a.m. and 1p.m. matches. Shane Van Boening and Corey Deuel both arrived by 1p.m. and found themselves forfeited for missing their 11 o’clock matches. “They both misread the brackets. We announced there would be 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock,” said tournament promoter Charlie Williams.
The race would now be to 150 balls. Right out of the gate, Dennis Orcollo almost closed out the match against Mark Vidal with a 140 ball run. Meanwhile, 16-year-old German phenom, Dominic Jentsch did just that. The only error Filipino champion Santos Sambajon made was to lose the lag. 150 balls later, the match was over. Only 20 balls shy of his personal high run, the teenager was advance to the final eight.
With eight players remaining, John “Mr. 400” Schmidt struggled against Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann. In the midst of a run in the 70’s, Hohmann finally made an error and missed a ball. The eager Schmidt jumped to the table with his first opportunity in about an hour. He pocketed two balls and on his third shot, he found himself stuck in the pack with no shot. The disgusted Schmidt swept the balls and conceited the match.
The last match to wrap up of the final eight was Florida’s own Dave Grossman against Jentsch. At one point, Jentsch was down 78 to 34 balls before coming back to 107 against Grossman’s 123. Spectators reported the boy wonder seemed slightly distracted and thrown from his game early on. Seven balls later, at 123 to 114, a series of relentless safeties were played. Jentsch left Grossman on the center diamond of the foot rail with no ball to pocket. Jentsch took his time, jacked up and fired into the stack blast two balls into the corner pocket. At 147, he only needed three balls but two were available. He broke into the cluster and appeared to be stuck, but picked out two more balls for he win.
Currently matching up are number one seed Hohmann and Grossman, and number two seed Mika Immonen and number four seed Ocollo. More straight pool action to come!