Van Boening Eliminated, 16 to Return for Friday’s Billiard Matches
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
The evening rounds have wound down at the 33rd Annual U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA, leaving eight players in the winners’-side bracket and eight in the one-loss bracket.
Defending champion Shane Van Boening was eliminated early in the 11 p.m. round by Larry “The Truth” Nevel. Nevel reached the hill but scratched on the 6 ball to give Van Boening another chance at it. “The South Dakota Kid” collected the next two racks to make it 10-9, but he had to jack up on the 7 ball to miss the scratch in the side pocket. Instead, he scratched off the 9 in the corner, and Nevel took the 11-9 victory.
Another elimination match featured Northeastern player Brandon Shuff versus Tyler Edey of Canada. The players traded racks through the first eight games, and then Edey went up to 7-4. Shuff took a quick break and came back to string three racks together. Dry breaks or scratches on the break plagued both of them, bringing the score to 9-all. Edey reached the hill first, and in the final rack, both players traded jump shots on the 4 ball, but Edey prevailed to win 11-9.
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Adam “GQ” Smith went head to head with Warren Kiamco in another one-loss side match. A dispute about Kiamco’s “soft break” marred the beginning, but the score was soon tied at 4-all. Then Smith missed a combo shot, leaving Kiamco an out, which he took advantage of to win the next five racks. Smith collected one more game before Kiamco ran out the set 11-5.
On the Accu-Stats table, Raj Hundal and Donnie Mills matched up. Mills took a commanding 9-4 lead, never leaving Hundal a shot. Mills broke and ran out to reach the hill and then played safe on the 1 ball after his next break. Hundal pocketed the 1 and 2 balls but missed a 3-9 combination and scratched. Mills had little trouble clearing the table to win 11-4.
Tony Chohan went up against former champion Ralf Souquet in the winners’ side, with Souquet taking a strong 6-2 lead. However, Chohan fought back to bring the score to 10-9 Souquet. Chohan pocketed a 2-9 combo to make it hill-hill. He almost scratched on the 1 ball in the final game but pulled it off with a 11-10 win.
Friday’s matches on the winners’ side will feature Filipinos Ronnie Alcano versus Francisco Bustamante, Thorsten Hohmann versus Rodney Morris, Daryl Peach versus Johnny Archer, and Mika Immonen versus Jose Parica. In the one-loss side, Corey Deuel will play Larry Nevel, Donnie Mills plays Tyler Edey, Tony Chohan plays Warren Kiamco, and Ralf Souquet plays Oscar Dominguez.
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