Van Boening on a Mission at U.S. Open 9-Ball
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
After his surprising first-round defeat by Mike “Fireball” Dechaine, Shane Van Boening has been a man on a mission, hoping to reclaim the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships title he first took in 2007. He most recently eliminated Virginia State 9-Ball champion Brandon Shuff 11-4 and then whitewashed Chris Bartram 11-0. Van Boening’s next opponent will be the loser of the Manny Chau / Francisco Bustamante match.
Former world champion Ronnie Alcano remains still alive, having bested Paul Song 11-5. Filipinos Lee Van Corteza and Antonio Lining did not fare so well, though. Corteza was eliminated by Tommy Tokoph 11-8, and Lining was ousted by Daniel Heidrich 11-7. And 2005 champ Alex Pagulayan was eliminated as well after a nail-biting 11-9 match against Jeremy Sossei. 2009 Semifinalist Donny Mills was also sent home after a tight 11-9 loss to Beau Runningen.
The father-and-son duo of Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez are headed home as well after Thursday’s rounds. O. Dominguez was eliminated by Dechaine 11-9, and E. Dominguez ran into a determined Keith Bennett, who won their match 11-8.
Local fans were disappointed to see the elimination of Chris Futrell, a young player but a classy one. Futrell had a close match with Earl Strickland but fell 11-9. Strickland moved on to oust So Shaw 11-4 and now waits for the loser of the Charlie Williams / Tommy Kennedy match.
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