Shuff Squeaks by Hunt to Claim Virginia Hot Seat

Shuff Squeaks by Hunt to Claim Virginia Hot Seat
Virginia State 9-Ball Championships / Midlothian, VA

by InsidePOOL Staff

In an incredible comeback, defending champion Brandon Shuff recovered from an early 5-1 deficit against David Hunt to claim the hot seat 9-8. Hunt was on the hill 8-2 before Shuff really began chipping away at his opponent’s lead, notching several break and runs in the process. A few errors on Hunt’s behalf aided Shuff, including two missed 8 balls that brought the score to 8-6. Shuff broke and ran the next two racks to make it a hill-hill match. He got poor position on the 6 ball in the final game and missed. But as Hunt pocketed the 6 ball down the rail, he also made the cue ball in the corner pocket. With ball in hand, Shuff had no troubles clearing the remaining three balls for the 9-8 win.

In the matches that determined fifth place, Chris Futrell met John Newton, while Reyjon Carmona played Larry Kressel. Kressel dominated Carmona from the start, taking a lead of 5-2 in no time. His swift shooting then saw him reach the hill 8-3 after Carmona missed the 6 ball. In the last rack, Kressel scratched on the 5 ball, but Carmona was careless on the 9 ball and missed it, allowing Kressel the 9-3 victory.

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In an incredible comeback, defending champion Shuff recovered from an early 5-1 deficit against Hunt to claim the hot seat 9-8.

In an incredible comeback, defending champion Shuff recovered from an early 5-1 deficit against Hunt to claim the hot seat 9-8.

Futrell and Newton went double-hill, thrilling the audience every step of the way. The score seesawed to 4-all, 5-all, to 8-7 in Newton’s favor. At the table with nothing to stop him, Newton pocketed the 7 ball but hit the 9 ball and was forced to play safe as he had no good shot on the 8. Futrell saw a shot, though, and ran out to make it hill-hill. A number of safety exchanges peppered their final game, but a strong bank shot on the 7 ball by Newton ended it for Futrell at fifth place as Newton won 9-8.

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In the quarterfinal match, Kressel will play Newton, with the winner going on to play Hunt in the semifinals. Shuff waits in the hot seat.

courtesy of Rob Marshall.

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