Van Boening Bests Moore for Diamond Pro Title
Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship / Oaks, PA
After losing his second match to Briane Brekke 10-8, Shane Van Boening fought his way through the west side of the chart to make it to the finals and defeat Stevie Moore for the Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship at Allen Hopkins’ Super Billiards Expo.
The morning began with Moore and the other undefeated player, two-time U.S. Open champion Darren Appleton, meeting in the hot seat match. Appleton won the first game, and the score seesawed until at 4-3, Moore took the lead for the first time. Appleton kept things within a rack or two, but he was coming up empty on many of his breaks and seemed to be having trouble getting a rhythm going. At 9-7 Moore, Appleton produced another dry break, and though Moore left Appleton a shot on the 1 ball, the Brit hung the 2 in the pocket, and Moore claimed the 10-7 win.
Also going on at that time was the somewhat briefer quarterfinal match between Van Boening and Raj Hundal of India. Hundal won the first rack, but after that he must have felt dizzy as he watched his opponent move the beads over as Van Boening swiftly reached the hill without Hundal having gained another rack. Hundal broke in the last rack but came up with nothing, and Van Boening smoothly cleared the table—until Hundal literally threw in the towel.
Appleton’s game plan didn’t appear to improve in time for the semifinals against Van Boening, for it became his turn to experience what Hundal went through in the previous round. Though Appleton continued to struggle making balls on the break, Van Boening broke and ran out every time it was his break until the score reached 7-1. Van Boening fouled on the 1 ball in the next, and Appleton cleared, but Appleton was clearly rattled. Two more errors cost him as many games, allowing Van Boening to reach the hill. He pushed out after his break, and Appleton swung at the 2 ball but left the table for Van Boening to clear, and he won 10-2 to reach the finals.
In the extended race-to-13 final match, Moore won the lag and opted to play safe on the 1 ball after he broke. Hardly batting an eye, Van Boening banked the 1 and proceeded to pocket the remaining balls to claim the first rack. Small errors by Moore and big breaks by “The South Dakota Kid” amounted to a 7-0 lead before Moore got on the board after a missed cross-bank by Van Boening. Moore took the next game as well after a missed 2-8 combo by his opponent, but Van Boening shook off the temporary malaise and won the next five to reach the hill. It was then that Moore mounted a comeback and rallied to take the next four racks. But when Moore came up empty on his last break, Van Boening played a safety on the 2 ball, and Moore fouled. It was easy enough for Van Boening to clear the table and win the tournament for his second time.
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