Four Remain at Super Billiards Expo 10-Ball Pro Tournament
Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship / King of Prussia, PA
All but 4 of the 72 players who entered the Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship have been eliminated. Sunday morning will see Ralf Souquet versus Robb Saez in the hot seat match, while Dennis Hatch battles Shane Van Boening in the quarterfinals. The $25,000-added event is one of the prime draws at the 19th Annual Super Billiards Expo.
On the winners’ side in the afternoon round, Alex Pagulayan and defending champion Van Boening matched up to see who would advance to the final four on that side. Van Boening took a commanding 5-0 lead at the beginning but let “The Lion” come roaring back into the match to tie it at 5-all. Van Boening countered by taking the next three racks, but Pagulayan wouldn’t give up and fought to make it 9-8. However, a wide-open table in the final game gave Van Boening the opportunity he needed to win the match 10-8.
Also in that round, Saez bested Jason Klatt, Johnny Archer defeated Gabe Owen, and Souquet won over Stevie Moore. Van Boening ran into trouble in the next round against Saez, who edged him out 10-9 to advance to the hot seat match against Souquet, who had just defeated Archer 10-5.
The west side saw the end of all but two players by the end of the evening. Hatch, who suffered his first loss to Souquet, went through John Morra, Tony Robles, Jason Klatt, and Pagulayan to reach Archer. “The Hatchetman” took a commanding 7-1 lead before the seemingly weary Archer began chipping away and brought the score to 7-5. Hatch broke and ran out the next rack to inch closer to the goal, and though Archer had a chance in the following game, he hung the 7 ball in the corner pocket, and Hatch cleared the table to reach the hill. A last break and run-out for Hatch advanced him to the quarterfinals 10-5.
Hatch’s opponent will be Van Boening, who capped his evening off with a strong victory over Darren Appleton. After his loss to Jason Klatt, the 2010 Player of the Year buzzed through Thorsten Hohmann, Shawn Putnam, Stevie Moore, and Gabe Owen to reach Van Boening. Though Van Boening held the lead at the beginning of the match 7-4, Appleton fought his way back and drew within a game at 8-7. Van Boening took the hill but Appleton followed that up with a win to make it 9-8. A safety battle in the final rack ended with Appleton fouling, and Van Boening was left with ball in hand and an open table, which he ran out for the 10-8 win.
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