Shannon Daulton, Jonathon Pinegar, John Morra, and Ronnie Wiseman all breathed sighs of relief as they survived a grueling day of play and after a long day of nail-biting matches at the finals of the Great Southern Billiard Tour Players Championships. Only 2 More days remain before we crown the winners of the 10-Ball Players Championships and the One-Pocket Players Championships.
The biggest story of the day was Great Southern Billiard Tour Director Shannon Daulton’s match with Shane Van Boening. Daulton had just come out on the wrong side of a hill-hill encounter with Tour Sponsor Nick Varner. The disappointment of that loss didn’t seem to faze him though, as some great shooting and a couple uncharacteristic mistakes by Van Boening allowed him to jump out to a quick 7-0 lead. Van Boening, showing the grit and determination which has led him to a U.S. Open Championship then started mounting a comeback until The Cannon was able to close the set out at 9-6. While this match was being streamed, Jonathan “Hennessee” Pinegar was also playing Beau Runningen for the right to play for the Hot Seat in the 10-Ball Players Championships. Initially Hennessee had Beau by the seat of his pants in a 7-2 lead. Beau Held on strong and began to make quite an impressive comeback with a score of 8-6 in Hennesse’s favor. Beau, However, was not able to tie up the match giving Hennesse the win at a score of 9-6.
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In the One Pocket division, John “Bet Some” Morra was the player making headlines. The young Canadian wunderkind defeated Cary Dunn 4-1, Shane Van Boening 4-1, and then to the surprise of many, defeated one of the heavy pre-tournament favorites Tony Chohan 4-2. Other top names still undefeated in are Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Cliff Joyner, Gabe Owen, Nick Varner, and Leonardo Andam. In a surprising turn of events, Jose Parica is no longer in either of the events here as he was knocked out of the one pocket event late Thursday night 4-2 on the Feature table by Carlos Vieira, and in the 10-Ball Division by Charlie Bryant 9-3. No tournament is complete without its late night action. Crowds gathered to watch Tony “T-Rex” Chohan shut out highly respected one-pocket player Cliff Joyner 5-0 in a one-pocket match for $3,000. Tomorrow the one-loss bracket of the 10-Ball Division will be playing down to their final 2 players, while the One Pocket also be winds down to the final few players in preparation for Sunday’s finale.