Pinegar Scores Hot Seat
Super Billiards Expo / King of Prussia, PA
Johnathan Pinegar is sitting pretty in the hot seat of the Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship at the Super Billiards Expo in King of Prussia, PA.
Pinegar started off going up against Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer in the final eight on the winners’ side, coming back from an early deficit to defeat Archer double-hill. He then advanced to play Shane Van Boening, a past champion of this event. Van Boening was just off a 9-6 defeat of Shawn Putnam.
Pinegar took the lead in his match against “The South Dakota Kid,” but Van Boening knotted the score at 5 apiece and then moved ahead 7-5. However, Pinegar countered, taking the next two racks and then the next two again for the 9-7 win.
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Advancing to the hot seat match, Pinegar then played Corey Deuel, who had just sent Thorsten Hohmann west 9-5. It was fairly even at the beginning, but at 4-2 Pinegar, Deuel had an open table and scratched. Pinegar took full advantage and surged ahead, reaching a 7-3 lead. It was Deuel’s break, and he scratched, leaving a dead 3-10 combo. Pinegar coolly took ball in hand and ran out to the combo to win 9-3.
Returning for Sunday’s first match will be Van Boening and Hohmann in the quarterfinals. After his loss to Pinegar, Van Boening went on to deliver a whitewashing to Dennis Hatch, who had just eliminated Mike Davis 9-7. Hohmann, after his match with Deuel, ousted Putnam 9-7. The winner of their match will play Deuel in the semifinals.
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