The International 9-Ball Open, Penultimate Day Session
AzB Staff
Oct. 26, 2018
Skyler Woodward (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)
Skyler Woodward (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)
The next to last day at the International 9-Ball Open had a gala of stars taking on one another to try to stay alive in the tournament until Saturday when our new champion will be crowned. Many great players did not survive the daylight rounds.
 
Dennis Orcollo began the day strongly beating world number one Eklent Kaci 11-8. The match went well over the allotted two hour time schedule as neither man would be rushed into an error. Then Shane Van Boening had his hands full with Chris Melling and those two took an exciting match to the hill before Van Boening claimed the last rack to win 11-10.
 
Justin Bergman went from riches to rags today. First he knocked Jayson Shaw out 11-7 but then ran into a friend who ran through him like a buzzsaw as Skyler Woodward cut through him 11-3.  Woodward had warmed up by beating Fedor Gorst 11-2 so he was ready for bear.
 
We only had one winners side round this morning and that was where Ko Ping-Chung knocked Denis Grabe over to the desperation side of the charts 11-4. Ko is looking hard for our trophy and fighting with every stroke.
 
We have just started the evening rounds after attending the BCA Hall Of Fame dinner that welcomed Kim Davenport and Gerda Hofstatter into that club of elites. 
 
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