Orcollo 9-Ball Champ and Van Boening All-Around Master at Derby City Classic
Derby City Classic / Elizabeth, IN
In the much-anticipated final division of the Derby City Classic, Dennis Orcollo walked away with the 9-ball title, routing Shane Van Boening in the final match. Van Boening didn’t look too sad, though, as he had just cinched the all-around title.
It was new father Niels Feijen of Holland who stepped up to challenge Van Boening in one of two semifinal matches going on, and it looked good for him at the start as he took a 3-1 lead in the short race to 7. But Van Boening won a couple of safety battles and soon the score was knotted at 4. Though out of line for the 2 in the next rack, Van Boening coolly made a 2-7 combo and ran out, and then he broke and ran the following to take the hill 6-4. With no good shot on the 1 ball, Van Boening went for a safety but sold out, and Feijen grabbed that game and broke and ran the next to tie the score on the hill. After sorting out a tricky 2 ball in the final rack, Feijen opted to play safe on the 4. Van Boening took out his jump cue and played it perfectly with low right so that the cue ball came back around for the 5. Now with an easy table, Van Boening quickly cleared up and won the match 7-6.
Orcollo, who had just crushed Mika Immonen 7-1 in the other semifinal, was ready for the final and Van Boening. An overcut 3 ball by Van Boening deposited him in his chair for that game and the four following, as Orcollo calmly and deliberately picked his way through rack after rack. Up 5-0, Orcollo came up empty on the break, and after exchanging a couple of innings each, Van Boening won that rack to get on the board. But when he missed an easy 5 ball in the next, it was all over. Orcollo cleared the table and broke and ran the final rack to win 7-1 on his 32nd birthday.
By winning the semifinal over Feijen, Van Boening cemented his all-around status, winning $20,000.
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