Lee Vann Corteza Into Big Foot Semifinals at Derby City Day Three

Lee Vann Corteza (David Thomson – Medium Pool)

Diamond Derby City Classic XXIV, January 20-28, 2023

Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN

There are 29 more competitors than was considered feasible to complete the One Pocket division; 429 – A new DCC record!

Wait-listed 9-Ball players are hoping for a similar increase. They’ll know by Wednesday.

Diamond BIG Foot Challenge

$32k prize fund. 1st: $16,000. 2nd; $8k, 3rd/4th; $4k each

LIVE from the Accu-Stats TV Arena.

Format: Race to 11, single elimination, alternate break, foul on all balls, no jump cues. 10-Ball does not win on the break tho’ beware, caroms and combos do.

Mosconi Cup captains Jeremy Jones and Mark Wilson are mostly in the Accu-Stats’ commentary booth. Occasionally they have guests. 

Reminder: when you see the balls bobbling or bursting out of the jaws, remember that BIG Foot’s biting, pro-cut pockets are now tighter – 4 1/8” tight!

Quarter Finals

4 past BIG Foot winners, all shooting well, began Sunday’s action. Now there are two. Read on for more details.

Jayson Shaw vs. Shane Van Boening

Even Eagle Eye had trouble with BIG Foot’s brutal pocket dimension. The damage it did to his TPA was unprecedented. When have you ever seen his average nosedive from near .900 to .770…within 2 racks!

Shane wasn’t happy either. Altho,’ the match commenced with his break-and-run to a 3-0 lead. Jayson quickly tied it up. Then, he couldn’t get much action on the break.

Shane sped ahead again and, to cut to the chase, had Jayson 10-6 when Van Boening’s cue ball wasn’t on a string, it was haywire: 10-7. 

Jayson’s dry break plague continued.

Shane, again, lost the cue ball and had to resort to a safety that froze the cue ball to the top rail.

Far, far away, about a foot off the bottom rail, lay the 8. Whammo! Shaw drove it home. Sadly, his cue ball rested straight in on the 9…which was nowhere near the 10.

Then came his most miraculous shot of the tournament.

There was only one solution. He had to cheat the 4 1/8” pocket and draw whitey about 8 feet to the bottom rail then another four feet to the long rail where the 10-ball inconveniently lay.

Whammo! Part 2! His cue-ball screams back to land about 4” away tho,’ it’s an awkward angle demanding running back and forth to swap out which cue extension would work best.

The shot clock was about to explode. “Extension!”

So was his heart, pumping like an oil rig:

He pounded it into the back of the pocket: 10-8.

It was SVB’s turn at bat. It looked dry…until the last ball rolling trickled in. And snookered!

Now it was Shane’s shot of the tournament.

He had a kick-shot off the top rail on the dangling one ball with the trickiest 3-rail shape: long rail, short rail, long rail, through a minefield to the two.

Perfect! And he finished the match as he began it – break-and-run.

Shaw, gracious as always, approached Shane and commenced a post-mortem to dissect the action.

Roberto Gomez vs. Fedor Gorst

Fedor was not off to his ferocious formula of forging ahead to leave his opponents in his wake. In fact, it was nip-and-tuck until, at 4-3, Gomez reversed the score with back-to-back wins.

Gorst’s struggle continued as Gomez at 7-4 with every opportunity for a 4-game lead, fumbled and allowed Fedor to gain one back to 7-5.

Gorst, usually, when sensing weakness, his killer instinct would come alive: Not today. 

Down 9-10, his break got him again.

There is a reason they call Roberto Superman. The out wasn’t a walk in the park. He made shots that would have been kryptonite to normal men.

He didn’t rush. He knew his cue ball had to be finite.

He also knew the punishment that Fedor was capable of administering.

Not today. The robot was in need of a reboot. Gorst’s loss, a replay of their 2018 BIG Foot final, is probably the motivation Fedor needs to keep moving forward.

He still has 2 lives in the Banks.

Gomez now faces the other surviving BIG Foot Champ, SVB.

Mieszko Fortunski vs. Lee Vann Corteza

10 years ago, Lee Vann Corteza, by defeating Orcollo, won the DCC 9-Ball Championship.

In 2017, he had a higher TPA than Jayson yet, dangled a 7-Ball that would have surely changed BIG Foot history.

Mieszko Fortunski suffered at the safety play of Joshua Filler one memorable year.

They keep coming back. The Derby’s bewitching charm is like no other event, anywhere.

Today, they faced each other. Fortunski has improved greatly since then yet, the edge was given  to Corteza.

Off to 4-2 lead, and moving to 5-2, Corteza erred and lo-and-behold they were soon tied at 4. 

There wasn’t much movement either way until 10-9 Fortunski. Lee Vann, showing true heart, and awesome shot-making, ball by ball, crawled to the hill.

Fortunski had the rack in his grasp tho.’ the last two balls were tricky. He attempted an acute cut to the opposite corner pocket. It ran awry.

Corteza, pressure building now, you could see him exhale and let his shoulders drop.

He had a blind, dog-leg, back-cut into the corner…from 6 feet away.  The awkward orb was then 2 feet from the intimidating 4 1/8” pocket!

And the cue ball had to be set loose to find the 10.

Perfection; And straight in in the 10!

The crowd erupted, He was in semis!

Joshua Filler vs. Konrad Juszczyszyn

Behind 4-6, Konrad began to miss makeable balls. A lucky kiss coming out of a snooker kicked in the 10. 

He then put his mettle to the pedal and, with 5 in a row, got to 9-6 ahead. With Joshua’s break-and-run, he retrieved one and it’s 9-7.

At 9-8, it’s snooker time. Josh, after a multi-shot kick-safe exchange, rattled the 3 to leave it deep in the jaws.

Konrad, more focused than ever, is on the hill…and breaking!

His one hung in the hole, and it’s 10-9.

Joshua’s break is a carbon copy of Konrad’s; it’s dry, with his one-ball resting on the lip of the pocket!

More good news, nothing is tied up. All that is needed is some sweet negotiation to keep on the correct side of the object balls.

Cool, calm, and deliberate he plotted his way through the rack: Flawless execution…of Filler.

This surely is one of the most memorable matches in Konrad’s career. He raised ho cue in jubilation like he’d just won the tournament. Perhaps he will.

He’s in the semis facing Corteza.

Jayson Shaw vs, Shane Van Boening, 8-11

Roberto Gomez vs. Fedor Gorst, 11-9

Mieszko Fortunski vs. Lee Vann Corteza, 10-11

Konrad Juszczyszyn vs. Joshua Filler, 11-9

BIG Foot Schedule for Monday, Jan 23: Semis, 2.00 & 4:30 PM.  Finals, 9:00 PM

Shane Van Boening vs. Roberto Gomez.

Lee Vann Cortez vs. Konrad Juszczyszyn

The Accu-Stats PPV OnDemand service has all of the above entertainment available for your viewing pleasure. 


Short Rack. Race to 3, Round 6.

497 entrants stormed the Derby City battlements. In this territory, Bank Pool’s popularity knows no bounds.

With the DCC one-time Buy-Back formula, after every round, entrant’s names are reshuffled then redrawn. As DCC events are not seeded means that you could run into anyone.

Since Saturday, Jesus Atencio is on the one loss side as are Mike DeLauwder, Scott Frost, Mieszko Fortunski, and David Matlock.

Skyler Woodward was sent homeward by an unbeaten Mickey Krause who then sent Lee Vann Corteza to buy-back.

Billy Thorpe, still unbeaten, dispatched Shane Wolford to hone up on his One-Pocket as did Ike Runnels to John Gabriel.

Jayson Shaw, Shane Van Boening, Mitch Ellerman, Brandon Shuff, Joshua Filler, Roland Garcia, Glenn “Piggy Bank” Rogers, Richie Richeson, Anthony Meglino, Tony Chohan, Alex Pagulayan, Billy Thorpe, Shannon Daulton, Justin Hall, Mika Immonen are still undefeated.

Visit results.derbycityclassic.com for more updates.

Diamond Derby City Classic ONE-POCKET 

The event entries were increased to 429 entries. Stay tuned!

The action-packed week continues:

DIAMOND BIG FOOT 10-BALL CHALLENGE: Semis and FINALS on MONDAY the 24th at 2 pm.

Diamond Derby City Classic BANK POOL Championship: Semis and Finals in the Accu-Stats TV Arena: Tuesday evening, Jan 25.

Diamond Derby City Classic ONE-POCKET Championship: Sun Jan. 22 -Wed. Jan. 25. Semis and Finals in the Accu-Stats TV Arena, Thursday evening, Jan 26.

Diamond Derby City Classic 9-BALL Championship: Wed. Jan 25 – Sat. 28.

Friday Night Ring Game: Jan 27.

The captured match-ups are available via the Accu-Stats Pay-Per-View OnDemand, 4-camera HD production. Approximately, 60 action-packed hours of pro-pool are projected, PLUS reruns. After each match concludes, it is uploaded and available for your viewing pleasure. With PPV OnDemand, you choose when you watch, no matter what you’re timezone.

Don’t miss a stroke: Visit accu-stats.com. Enjoy.

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