Final Four 10-Ball Winners’ Side Set at Players Championship
Great Southern Billiard Tour Players Championship / Fayetteville, NC
by Skip Maloney
All four of the matches that determined the final four on the winners’ side of the Players Championship 10-ball event at King St. Billiards in Fayetteville, NC, on Thursday night were nail-biters. Three out of the four were tied about midway through, while the last featured a come-from-behind bid that almost worked. Emerging from the pack of eight were Shane Van Boening, Shannon Daulton, Beau Runningen, and Jonathan Pinegar. At 7 p.m. on Friday night, Van Boening will square off against “The Cannon” as Runningen faces “Hennessee from Tennesee.”
In the match that streamed live over the Internet, courtesy of Spheragon.com, Van Boening and John Morra battled back and forth through multiple ties until it was knotted at five apiece. At that point, Boening edged ahead by two racks, and though Morra managed one more, Van Boening prevailed 9-6. At a table immediately next to theirs, Daulton got a slow start against Marc Vidal, falling behind 3-0. He caught up right away, though, winning five in a row to go up 5-3. It was a lead he never relinquished, though Vidal kept poking away at it. Daulton won four of the final eight games and finished it at 9-7.
Pinegar advanced at the expense of Tony Chohan. They, too, battled back and forth a game at a time until the score reached 5-5. Pinegar then made his move and advanced to 7-5. Chohan won another rack, but Pinegar won two of them and finished it at 9-6.
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At one point in the match between Runningen and Scott Lewis, Runningen had what appeared to be an overwhelming lead of 5-0. But Lewis traded racks through the next four games to make it 7-2 and then embarked on an impressive run that brought him within two at 7-5. Runningen reached the hill at that point, and Lewis answered to make it 8-6. A successful three-rail kick on the 1 and a 3-10 combo saw Runningen join the winners’-side final four.