Eight Undefeated Players Remain in Verona
Turning Stone Classic XI / Verona, NY
More uneven matches were the order of the day in the fourth-round matches on the winners’ side of the chart at the Turning Stone Classic XI. That round left only eight players standing, with the elimination rounds continuing on the one-loss side. Sunday’s rounds will bring back only eight players total.
Shane Van Boening has not won a tournament since the Diamond Open 9-Ball Professional Players Championship back in March, though he did come in runner-up at the Million Dollar 9-Ball Shootout last weekend. Perhaps this is motivation, for as in his second-round match against Steve Lillis, Van Boening shot through his match in the fourth round against Jose Parica, “The Leader of the Filipino Invasion,” without allowing his opponent a single rack, winning 9-0. Van Boening’s next match will be against Charlie Williams, who squeaked past David Fernandez in a hill-hill match.
Other than the Williams/Fernandez match, the other winners’-side matches have ended with lopsided scores. Runner-up to Van Boening at the Diamond Open, Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie is still going strong, having bested Mike Badsteubner 9-5, and will next player recent EnjoyPool.com 9-Ball Championships winner Jeremy Jones, who sent Joe Tucker west 9-5.
England is well-represented at this event, with Raj “Hitman” Hundal dealing deliverance to the west side to whoever gets in his way. His latest victim was Greg Atonakas, whom he defeated 9-4. Hundal’s next opponent will be Ronnie Wiseman, runner-up at the EnjoyPool.com event. Wiseman is just off a 9-4 defeat of Redgie Cutler.
Frequent Joss Tour champion Dennis Hatch, who deposed defending champion Johnny Archer Friday night, dealt a 9-3 loss to Steve Moore earlier and now will go on to face off against Francisco Bustamante. Bustamante has whizzed through the winners’ bracket so far and recently sent Chris Szuter west 9-2.
On the one-loss side, several notable players have been eliminated. Robb Saez was ousted by Tony Robles 9-2, Mike Davis was eliminated by Jason Michas 9-4, and Gabe Owen was sent home by David Vaughn 9-6. Runner-up at last February’s Turning Stone Classic X, Jeremy Sossei was eliminated by Shawn Putnam 9-3, and Corey Deuel ousted Mika Immonen 9-5. Karen Corr is the sole lady remaining, having won her one-loss-side match against Jason Michas 9-4.
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