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Hall And Gomez Take New Orleans

Justin Hall (Photo courtesy of Poolaction.tv)

Billed as the second stop on the Efren Reyes Retirement Tour, sixteen of the top one pocket players on the planet and over a hundred nine-ball players stampeded to Buffalo’s Billiards in Jefferson, LA for their Fourth Annual Pro Classic. There were two divisions: the $10,000 added Pro One Pocket event and the $2000 added Open Nine-Ball.
 
The double elimination one pocket event had a $2000 entry fee with all races to five. Play began on Thursday night and everywhere you looked, there was world class one pocket. Tony Chohan and Corey Deuel marched through the field undefeated and met in the hot seat match. As with the previous matches, top-notch one pocket skills were displayed by both players and Chohan edged out the match 5-4 to claim his spot in the finals.
 
On the other side of the chart, Justin Hall defeated Dennis Orcollo in another close one, 5-4. Dennis finished in fourth place. By a score of 5-2, Corey had earlier sent Justin to the one loss side so Hall was looking for revenge. After a five hour match, it was Justin who emerged the victor leaving Corey in third place.
 
The finals began with Tony Chohan rocketing out to a 3-0 lead and it looked like victory was imminent. However, Justin Won the next three games to tie it up at 3-3 and then 4-4! Justin won the final game forcing a second set in the true double elimination format.
 
This time, it was Justin who leaped out to a 2-0 lead. Tony fought back and tied it up at two games each but then Justin forged ahead to take the hill first with a score of 4-2.
 
Tony fought back to make it 4-3 but Justin made short work of the last game as he took down the title – final score 5-3. Congratulations to Justin for a well-earned victory! Good job, Tony!
 
Saturday was opening day for the $40 entry 9 ball event. The format was double elimination, all races to seven with alternate breaks. When the smoke cleared on Sunday afternoon, Efren Reyes was the last man standing after defeating Roberto Gomez in the hot seat match and awaiting an opponent for the final match.
 
On the one loss side, Jeremy Jones and Billy Thorpe duked it out for a shot at Roberto – Jeremy prevailed leaving Billy with a fourth place finish. Gomez was determined to get another shot at Efren and he got his wish. Jeremy had to settle for third…
 
To win the tournament, Roberto would have to defeat Efren two sets. The first set was all Roberto as he raced to a 5-0 lead and an eventual 7-2 victory. The final set was much closer. Mid-set it was 5-4 Gomez and then hill-hill! One game for all the marbles! Doesn’t get much better than this, sports fans!!!
 
The crowd held their breath as Roberto broke and ran the final rack to take the title. Congratulations to Roberto for a well-played event! Good job, Efren! Looks like he has plenty of firepower left and is still a formidable threat!
 
PoolActionTV.com would like to thank James Leone, owner of Buffalo’s Billiards, and his staff for going the extra mile to show players and fans the Big Easy spirit. Tournament Director Steve McDonald had another well run event – thank you, Steve! Thanks to sponsors Attorney Joseph Long, Benwah Law Firm, Laguna Beach Daquiris, Bayou Billiards, Sound Advice USA, Lucky Coin Amusement and, of course, Buffalo’s Billiards, for their support.
 
We’d also like to thank Scott Rabon, Larry Schwartz, Jeremy Jones, Josh Roberts and Billy Incardona for their expert commentary.
 
Thanks to cuemaker Steve Lomax of Lomax Cues for donating a beautiful $2000 cue!
 
And, last but not least, thanks to all our fans and sponsors for another great event. Our sponsors include Steve Lomax of Lomax Custom Cues, Aramith, John Barton of JB Cases, James Hanshew of Hanshew Custom Cues, GoPlayPool.com, Mike Durbin of Durbin Custom Cues, Kamui, Simonis and Club Billiards of Wichita, KS.
 
Our next event is the first stop of the WPBA Signature Tour. It will be held at Emerald Billiards in New Iberia, LA – the dates are June 21st – 24th. It will be live streamed free of charge on Facebook and YouTube. Hope to see you there!

Derby City Wrap Up – Melling Wins 9-Ball, Busty is Master of the Table

Chris Melling

Derby City Classic XX, January 19-27, 2018
 
LIVE from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino, Elizabeth, IN
 
Francisco Bustamante’s win in the DCC One Pocket Championship, compounded with his 4th in Banks and 12th in 9-Ball totaled 198.5 points and secured his 3rd All-Around Champion and Master of the Table title.
 
Justin Bergman, with 153.3, got $3,000 for second and, for a first in the history of DCC, two players tied for 3rd and shared the $2,000. Corey Deuel and Shane Van Boening accumulated 141.0 points each.
 
DCC 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Race to 9, Winner Break.
 
What a Final! We were graced with genius. In the wee, small hours, the hill-hill thriller was truly worth waiting up for. What would happen next, kept us on the edge of our seats until 3:30 am.
 
The 363 entries vying for the $16,000 first place prize money had all come down to two: England’s Chris Melling and Canada’s John Morra.
 
With snooker tour experience, the wise and wily Melling always employed his motto, “When in trouble, stick ’em!”  He certainly utilized it in play today,
 
Back in the semi’s, Dennis Orcullo got off to an expected lead, At 4-1, his tactics slowed the pace of Melling’s fast and loose shooting style to a standstill. Orcullo was taking more time to rack the racks than he was to run them.
 
Unintimidated, Chris patiently clawed to get ahead to 8-7. With nothing to shoot at, a snooker exchange ensued.
 
Ducking and dodging are where Melling excels. Being truly outmaneuvered, Dennis saw his quest for another DCC finals quickly slip away as Chris quietly closed the set, 9-7.
 
Morro, in semis #2, was up against his nemesis, Shane Van Boening. And, John had a score to settle. Shane had beaten him repeatedly in past encounters, including the DCC 9-Ball Finals in 2014.
 
Today, John got off to comfortable 3-0 lead. “And the next thing I knew, I was behind 3-5. I thought, I am not going to hand it to him.”
 
John summoned the Morra mustard and never lost another game: At 9-5, he regained his berth in the Accu-Stats Arena to face Chris.
 
Chris had begun the day in round 10 by administering a 9-5 battering of Joshua Filler. Morra had drawn a bye.
 
Melling’s buy-back still intact, he was leading Donny Mills 8-5. Needing only 1, it looked like it was going to stay that way. 
 
Chris was not familiar with ringer Donny Mills.
 
Donny has a history of finishing in the money, He fears no one, he revels in devouring champions, which was exactly what he did to Melling, he devoured him.
 
Chris never did capture that final rack, Donny did. 
 
Coincidently, with the DCC redraw process, he drew Morra. Donny managed 7.
 
Morra knew what to expect from Chris’s game plan. The emphasis would be on “when in doubt duck,” lots of hiding whitey, ballbuster shot-making, few misses and, elegant run outs.
 
And that’s just how the finals started until Chris, with a chance to move ahead at 4-2, missed! John closed out that rack and empowered…ran a six-pack!
 
Breaking at 8-3, all Morra needed was one more rack. He made a ball! And, missing within an inch of perfect position, he allowed Melling back at the table.
 
It was like he hadn’t left. From the start he attacked. Ball after ball fell in the hole. 4-8, 5-8, 6-8…
 
You could see the demons arise in Morra’s demeanor as Melling pummeled away. 
 
At 7-8 Melling, John got a look at a ball. He wisely, laid a snooker only to have Chris connect and leave him safe. 8-8!
 
Chris, capitalizing on the final opportunity, and calmly ran the winning rack. Relieved, and probably exhausted, his head fell forward as he took a moment’s rest and let it all sink in: What a deficit he had overcome.
 
The crowd applauded and yelled, you could tell that they felt empathy for the mild-mannered Canadian with the smooth stroke and impeccable composure.
 
John sincerely congratulated Chris, “Well played.”
 
For Melling, who was, incidentally, celebrating his 39th birthday, this was indeed a memorable moment. Not only had he captured one of pool’s most prestigious titles, he had survived 9-days of pool’s most grueling arena. 
 
Happy birthday to Chris, he earned it. He’ll never forget his performance today, neither will John.
“Somedays, it’s just not to be.” he later commented, philosophically.
 
Melling, clutching his new crystal obelisk award, has contributed to DCC ’s history, There is a feeling of agelessness when winning a championship, He might honor Jack Benny and remain 39 forever.
 
Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Diamond Billiards, Simonis Cloth,  Cyclop Balls, Lucasi Custom, MEZZ Cues, McDermott Cues, National Billiard Academy, and Samsara Cues.
 
Congratulations Greg and Chad at Diamond Billiards for 20 memorable years of DCC! And, thanks to their tournament crew for their contributions to these reports! That’s you, Brett Baker, Bill Stock, Paul Smith, Bonnie and Ric–the used to be Bad Boys of DCC; They’ve been demoted to naughty!
 
BTW: BadBoys captured alternative matches, featuring the top pros, which will be uploaded next week at badboysbp.com for your viewing pleasure.
 
AND, let’s not forget Accu-Stats. Their DCC Vimeo On Demand Series featuring ALL the TV Table matches will be uploaded, soon.
 
You can also take advantage of their all-new On-Line Subscription service. 
 
Visit accu-stats.com for more info.
 
Tell ‘em you read about it on AZB!
 
 
DCC BANKS RING GAME
 
It took 2 grand to enter and the man Billy Incardona called, “The greatest bank pool player in the world, Billy Thorpe, outlasted them all.
 
At $600 a ball, Shawn Murphy was the last man to get massacred.
 
Jeremy Jones and Corey Deuel hung in there, while past winners, Skyler Woodward and Shannon Daulton, were the first to exit.
 

Derby City Days 6 & 7 – One Pocket Final 9, 9-Ball Underway, 14.1 Split and Onepocket.com HOF Dinner

Keith McCready with Scott Frost and Shannon Daulton (Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson-Mediumpool.com)

Derby City Classic XX, January 19-27, 2018
 
LIVE from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino, Elizabeth, IN
 
DCC ONE POCKET CHAMPIONSHIP
 
393 entrants have been depleted to 9.
 
Shannon Daulton is the man with the momentum. By Round 11, he had a buy-back and had gotten a bye! 
 
At press time, those 9 players were still in action.
 
Bustamante and Bergman, who like Daulton is undefeated, were dueling in the Accu-Stats TV Arena. Chohan was jousting with Orcollo, as was Jeff DeLuna with Justin Hall. Billy Thorpe was contending with Warren Kiamco who had given Bustey his first loss by dispensing a blistering 8-and-out and 9-and-out!
 
Earlier, like in a flashback, Billy Thorpe and Alex Pagulayan had clashed in the TV pit in a near repeat performance of last year’s finals.
 
Alex, drained, then had to fade his 3-0 defeat as he entered into combat with Kiamko who calmly put him out of his misery.
 
Joshua Oneal waved bye-bye to Brumback who had been sent to buy back by Orcollo. Dennis had been given his first loss by the unshakable Billy Thorpe.
 
Jayson Shaw put a dent in Deuel’s hopes before Orcullo disposed of him. DeLuna had leveled Corey’s first loss.
 
Justin Hall, while quietly slipping up the ranks, ended Alcano’s aspirations as Ronnie had done to newly inducted One Pocket Hall of Fame member, Jeremy Jones.
 
BIG Foot Champion Roberto Gomez managed John Schmidt’s exit strategy as Bergman did for both Van Boening and Joey Gray.
 
Justin Hall delivered Kiamco to the buy-back booth as Bustey had to Tony Chohan.
 
It’s around this time that the All-Around Championship points enter into the equation. They are, currently, too close to tell, yet, with his 120 for first in Bank Pool, Corey remains a contender.
 
Due to scheduling delays created by the sheer volume of competitors, the Semis and Finals originally planned for Thursday evening will be broadcast on Friday.
 
Visit Accu-Stats.com for match times.
 
DCC BANKS RING GAME
 
The highly entertaining, 6 players, “all-in,” action packed short-rack Bank game, hosted by banking living legend, Truman Hogue, is not to be missed. Schedule permitting, the festivities should begin around 8 pm Friday..
 
DCC 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
363 entries are well underway and, with no player draws of distinction, we begin with a road story.
 
When there are 363 players from far and wide, you can’t know them all. There lies the caveat: Not knowing your opponent can cause confusion, just ask, Dan Koste.
 
Tony Chohan walked over to his designated table and presumed that the player practicing was his match.
 
“It’s you and me,” he said.
 
When Tony was ahead around 7-2, Josh Roberts approached the table. Well-aware of who Chohan was, he inquired of his opponent, “Are you Dan Koste?”
 
“I am,” Dan replied. “Well, you are supposed to be playing me.”
 
“Oh,” said Dan, secretly relieved as he pondered the score beads. Tony, always a gentleman, quietly excused himself from the match. Roberts proceeded to administer similar punishment as Chohan.
 
6 women are in contention, including World Champions Karen Corr and Loree Jon Hasson, pro tour players Allison Fisher, Kelly Isaac, Stacy Sinclair and, the recently wed Mrs. Pia Filler: Congratulations to her and Josh on tying the knot just after the Mosconi Cup.
 
Other than that, there is not much to report. Friday and Saturday will be jam-packed.
 
LIVE 9-Ball Play continues at Accu-Stats.com
 
Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Diamond Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Cyclop Balls, Lucasi Custom, MEZZ Cues, McDermott Cues, National Billiard Academy, and Samsara Cues
 
The George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge And, after 4 full days of scrambling for tables, waiting patiently for someone to miss, the top 8 high-runs recorded were:
 
Dennis Orcollo, 227, who tied Jayson Shaw’s Historical record.
John Schmidt, 183
Ruslan Chinakhov, 182
Marek Kudik 155
Maksim Dudanets, 127
Miesko Fortunski,125
Konrad Juszczyszyn, 118
Jayson Shaw, 110.
 
Unfortunately, as the top 8 high-run finishers were still in both the One Pocket and 9-Ball events, it was deemed impossible to schedule the hours it would have taken to complete the event.
 
The 8 players opted to split the $22.300 tournament prize money.
 
ONE POCKET HALL OF FAME DINNER
 
On Wednesday, Jan 24th, Jeremy Jones and the late Eugene “Clem” Metz were honored for their propagation of the chess game of pool, One Pocket.
 
There are no more opposite personalities than the precocious and boisterous, living legend Keith McCready and the more subdued and suave Charles “Country” Martin. Both, deservedly, were honored with the “Lifetime Pool in Action Award!
 
One Pocket Hall of Famers Shannon Daulton and Scott Frost entertained the sold-out crowd with their personal encounters with the honorees as they anchored the evening’s festivities.
 
1998 One Pocket Champion Jeremy Jones, proved he was more than a “mover” when, in 2003, he captured the US Open 9-Ball Championships and earned membership on the Mosconi Cup’s Team America.
 
Jeremy praised the infamous Jersey Red as his primary mentor and thanked Johnny Archer for guiding him to compete on the pro tour. “If you want to improve, that’s where you need to be,” Johnny advised. Jones took the journey and, with his acquired knowledge of both action and tournament play, became one of the game’s great communicators.
 
Pat Fleming, whom Jeremy also acknowledged as inspiration, was aware of Jeremy’s One Pocket prowess and invited him to compete in the 2016 Accu-Stats “Make It Happen” One Pocket Invitational.
 
During conversation, Fleming observing “Double J”’s communication skills invited him into the booth. His clearly stated concepts of pool’s most abstruse discipline determined that he return to commentate with Danny Diliberto on the 2017 “Make It Happen” 8-Ball and 14.1 Invitationals. Jeremy’s contribution to the Accu-Stats Vimeo On Demand series is more than commentary, it’s instruction.
 
Jeremy ended his stint at the podium by recalling a simple statement that had a lifetime effect. While under the tutelage of Jersey Red, Jones committed a one pocket cardinal sin, he had lost concentration and scratched. “Scratched?” said Red, “One time, I didn’t scratch for 8 years!” That’s a good mentor.
 
On a more somber moment, Mr. Incardona’s son Anthony’s untimely passing was honored by a minute of silence.
 
One Pocket Hall of Fame creator Steve Booth, always delving into history for the most deserving inductees, discovered Charles “Country” Martin.
 
His smooth demeanor, compounded by sartorial elegance allowed “Country” to gain trust wherever he went. Billy Incardona had heard many a tail of the impeccably dressed, spit-polished shoes, Italian knit sweater swagger of the handsome Martin.
 
“He was perhaps the smartest gambler ever. His six-figure wins were legendary. Country was clearly one of pool’s very special characters.”
 
He didn’t always play. He, for example, discovered Cisero Murphy and backed him on the road.
 
Martin was more than a gambler, he was a winner. Who else would invest the money made wagering and put his daughter, Sonya, through college.
 
“My father was my hero,” beamed Sonya.
 
Eugene “Clem” Metz, born in 1931, was renowned as one of the most patient safety players on the planet. Referring to the new breed of brash, like Ronnie Allen, he asserted he would “…stick all those hustlers in the shit house.”
 
Billy Incardona was invited to comment, “I didn’t know him too well but the word was that he was considered the best player in the world.”
 
Booth had then introduced Metz’ son Donny who thanked the room for honoring his father. “My dad always stated that,”You don’t have to be the best player, you just have to be the best game maker.”
 
Eddie Taylor, considered to be the greatest bank player ever, always left broke.
 
Game making is everything.
 
Let’s hear what McCready has to say.
 
“You always have to find a way to get the money.”
 
From about 10 years old, that was what it was all about from him. 
 
Danny DiLiberto told the story of when one of the few days he was in school, for security, Keith asked the gym teacher to hold some money for him. The wad would have choked the proverbial horse. The story goes that they thought he was a drug dealer and he never went back.
 
Others, realizing his talent, took him on the road when he was 15. He, soon, fell into the improvised post “Hustler,” drink on, drug out, 70’s culture.
 
Sure, he attended tournaments but rarely entered. He went there to make games.
 
“You always have to find a way to get the money.”
 
He’s reputed to have matched up with Fats. They are cut from the same cloth: Hold their attention ’til you hold their money; Never let them think that you took it, make them feel that they gave it to you.
 
He was immortalized in The Color of Money with his line, “It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it.”
 
Taking the podium, Mary Kenniston shared when, in her pool room in Vegas, “He’d bring in these cute girls and tell them he was a movie star.” She’d put on the movie and propagate the myth.
 
By the 90s, battered and bruised by drugs and booze, he fell off the radar.
 
Rumor had it that he met a girl.
 
He resurfaced on Facebook. He maxed out at 5,000 “friends.” It’s no surprise, really: Keith McCready–social media mogul.
 
And here he is, now 60, honored as one of the greatest game makers of all time.
 
Maybe, there’s an extra C in Keith’s surname. Maybe, it should be McREADY. Never known to shy away from action, last night from the altar, he woofed at anyone in the building to step up. “I’m ready. Are you?
 
“I can look at the guys in here right now, I got games for all of them.
 
“I have my millionaire lawyer with me. He has told me to go right ahead.”
 
Tuning in to a more serious note, Keith acknowledged that he had a really good woman behind him, ”And, without her, I might not even be here, right now.”
 
McCready’s life became a veritable disaster. To survive, he certainly had to clean up his act. “I’ve been drug-free for 13 years. I quit smoking 4 1/2 years ago,” he paused and reflected fondly, “And it’s all because of her.”
 
Keith continued that in life there were always four or five guys that don’t really agree with what you do then, you have the 95 guys who love you like a brother so, I’m so happy to be here and thank you all for being here.”
 
Nothing has changed, “I got about 18 more hours here and, me and my big lawyer here, we’re ready. So get it together!”
 
He then signed autographs and reminisced with old friends who made the trip just to be with him. He also made a lot of new ones before wandering off into the night.

Davis wins third straight NC State 8-Ball Championship

Mike Davis, Jr.

If state pool championships are the measurement device, then Mike Davis is the best pool player in North Carolina. He owns back-to-back titles in the state’s 9-Ball Championships and on the weekend of November 4-5, he chalked up his third straight NC State 8-Ball title.
 
Say what you will about competing in a small field, Davis locked up his third 8-Ball title by defeating one of the game’s better known veterans, Mark Tademy, cited by The Hyper Texts (http://www.thehypertexts.com) as one of a list of “unknown monster players who could play with anyone on a given day.” A little over 10 years ago (2006), Davis and Tademy were among a  world-wide cast of the best in the International Pool Tour’s (IPT) North American Open Championship in Las Vegas. Finishing in the tie for 61st, and pocketing $5K, Tademy was in tied company with (among others) Keith McCready, Mike Sigel, George “Ginky” Sansouci, Shannon Daulton, Allison Fisher, Loree Jon Hasson, Jeremy Jones, Allen Hopkins and Gerda Hofstatter. Davis, who finished 121st, and pocketed $2K, was in tied company with (among others) Grady Mathews, Jose Parica, Mike Massey, Tommy Kennedy, Warren Kiamco, Ewa Mataya Laurance, Tony Robles, Shane Van Boening, Karen Corr, and Billy Incardona.
 
And so, the hot seat and finals of the 2017 NC State 8-Ball Championships, held under the auspices of the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, featured two of the sport’s more prominent competitors; one (Tademy), a little more old-school than the other (Davis). The $300-added event drew 23 entrants to Brown’s Billiards in Raleigh, NC. It should be noted that the weekend of November 4-5 played host to at least two other major 8-Ball Tournaments, which are about as rare as teenagers who don’t play video games – NYC’s BCA-sanctioned 8-Ball Championships, which drew 241 entrants (with some duplication over six separate events) and Maryland State’s 8-Ball Championships, which drew a full field of 128 entrants. North Carolina appeared to have drawn the ‘short straw’ on available 8-ball competitors.
 
The tournament did, however, draw two marquee players into its final two matches. Davis and Tademy met first in the hot seat match, once Davis had sent Jim Lewis to the loss side 7-3 in one winners’ side semifinal and Tademy had dispatched former NC State 9-Ball Champion Jeff Abernathy 7-4 in the other one. Davis claimed the hot seat 7-3 over Tademy and waited for round two.
 
On the loss side, Abernathy picked up Eddie Little, who’d gotten by Kenny Daughtrey 7-3 and Steve Page 7-4. Lewis drew Joshua Padron (winner of the 2016 Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour Championships this past January), who’d defeated Brown’s Billiards’ owner Dave Huffman 7-2 and Tyler Chappell 7-5.
 
Little and Padron eliminated winners’ side semifinalists Abernathy and Lewis, respectively; Little, 7-4 over Abernathy and Padron, 7-3 over Lewis. Little dropped Padron 7-5 in the quarterfinals that followed, before having his two-match, loss-side run ended by Tademy 7-3 in the semifinals.
The two veterans, Davis and Tademy, fought back and forth in the early going of the finals to a 5-5 tie. Davis, though, took command at that point and chalked up the next four in a row to win it and claim his third straight NC State 8-Ball title.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Brown’s Billiards’ owner Dave Huffman and his staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for November 11-12, will be a $1,000-added event, hosted by Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA.

Orcollo comes from the loss side to win second straight Cole Dickson Memorial

Dennis Orcollo shoots under the watchful eye of Mika Immonen

"Cole Dickson was an icon from a bygone era, when pool was about the road; about rattletrap vehicles pulling into small towns, and road warriors hustling the locals for enough money to get to the next town with a stake." – Billiards Digest, 2013
 
It's hard to know how Cole Dickson and his contemporaries (Jimmy Mataya, Larry Schwartz, Billy Incardona and Grady Mathews, et al) would have fared had they emerged into the world of 21st century pool with its tournaments-all-over-the-place structure. Planes have replaced automobiles, and stepping into a given pool hall might expose you to a combination of the best in the country and world, instead of the hot shots within a country mile. As good as they all were, and some, to a degree, still are, they never had to walk into a pool hall in Iowa and face the likes of Dennis Orcollo from the Philippines, or Mika Immonen from Finland, neither of whom were born when Dickson was starting out on the road.
 
As the initial stop on a two-week blitz of West coast tournaments, known collectively as the West Coast Swing, the 5th Annual Cole Dickson Memorial Tournament was held on the weekend of July 1-2. Sponsored by West State Billiards and POVPool, the $2,500-added event drew 83 entrants to Family Billiards in San Francisco, and featured a finals matchup between the aforementioned (and defending champion) Dennis Orcollo and "The Iceman," Mika Immonen. Orcollo, coming off the heels of a five-match, loss-side winning streak, downed Immonen to claim his second straight Cole Dickson Memorial title.
 
With Orcollo already at work on the loss side, having been downed by Rodney Morris in a winners' side quarterfinal, Immonen advanced to a winners' side semifinal against Vilmos Foldes. Rodney Morris faced Family Billiards' room owner and long-time friend of Dickson, Delbert Wong in the other winners' side semifinal. Morris and Immonen advanced to the hot seat match; Morris 7-4 over Wong and The Iceman 7-2 over Foldes. Immonen claimed the hot seat 7-5 over Morris, and settled in for what proved to be a long wait for Dennis Orcollo to finish his loss-side campaign.
 
As if it weren't enough to be on the loss side at this stage of the proceedings, Orcollo opened that loss-side campaign against Francisco Bustamante, who'd just survived a tough double hill fight against a local veteran, Jason Williams. Orcollo eliminated Bustamante, and then, Lee Brett, to draw Foldes. Wong picked up Steve Lingelbach, who'd advanced past Santos Sambajon and Gus Briseño.
 
Orcollo downed Foldes 7-3, advancing to the quarterfinals. Wong joined him after a double hill win over Lingelbach. Though home room support went to the man who owned the room, Orcollo ended Wong's run 7-2, and then turned to what proved to be an epic re-match against Morris in the semifinals. The two battled to double hill before Orcollo finished it for a shot at the Iceman.
 
Though the final race-to-11 would show early, back-and-forth signs of becoming Orcollo's second straight double hill match, Robocop (as he's occasionally known) pulled away at the end to secure an 11-8 win and his second straight Cole Dickson Memorial title.
 

Make It Happen One Pocket – Day Two Results

Alex Pagulayan

Match #5
Francisco Bustamante 4   Billy Thorpe 1
 
Bustamante won the lag and broke strong, forcing Thorpe to go for a bank, which he missed. He left Bustamante with an easy shot, which he made and used to open the stack. He then artfully worked his way around the balls on his way to an opening run of 8 and out.
 
In game 2 Bustamante was in a trap, made a ball for Thorpe, but sold out. Thorpe then ran 5 before failing to get difficult shape, and left the table leading 6-0. Bustamante trapped Thorpe, who answered with a short rail bank, then missed the gamewinner. Thorpe made one for Bustamante and now led 7-1. Bustamante made a trick shot, banking a ball across the table three times into his pocket! He ran four more to close to 7-6. He went after a pinch long rail bank, missed, but made the ball in another pocket. It spotted and Thorpe, with the cue ball on the end rail, cut it in!
The score: 1-1.
 
After some defensive maneuvers Thorpe left Bustamante with an easy cut down the short rail with an angle for going into the stack. Bustamante took full advantage as he sliced it in, spread the balls, and ran to as simple bank, which he made, to run 8 and out, taking a 2-1 lead.
 
Bustamante opened the scoring with a bank/combo, found a dead ball, and ran 7 plus one for Thorpe’s side. Thorpe made a bank, missed, and left Bustamante a thin cut. He made it to win the game, 8-2 while taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the race to four. 
 
In game 5 Thorpe tried for a bank, but got kissed out and left Bustamante a shot. He ran four before running out of shots after a break shot failed to produce a shot. In a subsequent turn Bustamante made a dead ball, then hung a double table length bank. Thorpe made a bank, then missed one, leaving Bustamante with three super easy shots for the win. The score: 8-2 and 4 game to 1. Bustamante is now 1-1 while Thorpe dropped to 0-2.
 
 
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Match #6
Josh Roberts 4  –  Efren Reyes 1
 
Reyes opened the scoring with a backcut bank, made one more available shot, then played safe. Reyes played a long distance offensive kick, but left Roberts with a shot – and he responded with a five ball run before missing close on a bank. Reyes lagged it in and Roberts now led, 6-2. Roberts fired in a bank off the third diamond, then made a straight in to win the first game. 
 
In game 2 Roberts made a tough combo, then took a ball out of Reyes’ pocket. Reyes answered with a double bank. 1-1. Roberts made a bank, followed to the end rail and made another bank to lead, 3-1. Roberts made a combo and now led 5-1. A long shot off the end rail and a thin cut by Reyes narrowed the gap. After a Robert’s safety Reyes gambled on a combo, missed, and left a shot. Roberts made it, but fouled. So the score remained at 5-3 Roberts. Roberts made a carom shot, but failed to play shape. 6-3. So, after a couple of safeties, the six remaining balls were now up table – which spells safety time! Reyes made a long and thin cut with inside english leading to shape on an easy bank, and he now trailed, 6-5. After several safeties Roberts made a two railer that Incardona called “A ten.” He reached the hill with a 7-5 lead. Reyes fouled and now trailed, 7-4, then he missed a bank and left Roberts a long shot which he rolled it in to win game 2, 8-4. 2-0 Roberts. 
 
In game 3 Reyes made a ball but failed to play position. Roberts rolled a bank in front of his pocket and Reyes softly kicked it in. Reyes had fouled, but he then hung a ball and Roberts made it. The score: 1-1. Roberts made another one for Reyes. 2-1 the Magician. Roberts pocketed a long thin cut, then a dead ball before missing to take a 3-2 lead. Reyes made a hanger for himself, then one for Roberts – so it was 4-3 Roberts. Reyes made a bank and one more, then missed a makeable shot after jumping up. Reyes now led 5-4, but he left Roberts a shot and he ran three to moved ahead, 7-5. Roberts misplayed a safety and Reyes ran three and out to win, 8-7
 
Reyes played what looked like a fine three ball take out, but he left Roberts a bank, which he made, igniting a run of 8 and out – the final ball being a superbly struck cross corner bank. Roberts now led in the match, 3-1.
 
Roberts made a billiard, then played a safety. He then made a spin bank and one more to lead, 3-0. Reyes misplayed a bank and made it for Roberts! Roberts then ran four and out to win the match, 4-1. Both players are now 1-1. 
 
 
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Match #7
Shane Van Boening 4   FRANCISCO BUSTAMANTE 1
 
Bustamante won the lag, but quickly found himself in trouble after a strong move by Van Boening. He tried a take-out shot, but accidently made a ball for Van Boening, and compounded his troubles by leaving Shane with an easy shot. Van Boening ran six balls before missing a tricky combo on the game ball. A could of innings later Bustamante left game ball in front of Van Boening’s pocket, and he made it to win game 1, 8-0.
 
Van Boening deposited a bank, then played safe. Bustamante made a super tough long backcut, but was rewarded by making one for Van Boening, who now led 2-1. As a consolation, he did lay down a strong safety. A couple of turns later Van Boening answered a poor safety with a short rail bank, then went on to run six and out. He now led in the match, 2-0.
 
Van Boening was forced to kick at a ball in front of Bustamante’s pocket, missed the mark, and left a shot. Bustamante ran three, then played safe. Van Boening attempted a take-out and again left Bustamante with a shot. Bustamante ran another three to go ahead, 6-0. Van Boening banked a ball in front of his pocket and Bustamante followed through one ball and made the hanger! It was now 6-1. Van Boening double kissed a bank and Bustamante made a short rail bank, and now led, 7-1. Van Boening made an easy long railer, then, on his next turn three more banks (none were easy) and a long slice to close the gap to a single ball at 7-6. Bustamante put a ball near his pocket, but Van Boening removed it. Van Boening sliced a ball across the table in front of his pocket and Bustamante had to make it for him – 7-7!! Then, after all of this work, Van Boening tried for a double bank, sold out, and Bustamante fired in the gamewinner! 
 
Bustamante played a super aggressive safety, left Van Boening with a shot – and he missed! Bustamante sank one, but came up empty on a break shot, and led, 1-0 with the balls now spread all over the table. The time: 8:03. 
Van Boening lagged a bank in front of his pocket. Bustamante then gambled on a combo, made it, and then tried to masse in Van Boening’s ball. He missed it, and left Van Boening with a shot in the jaws. Shane ran five to take a 5-2 lead. But he left Bustamante a long shot, which he made – before selling out after missing a bank. Van Boening made one to go ahead, 6-3. Bustamante missed a bank and Van Boening made a ball from behind the head string before missing game ball. Bustamante ran three to pull to within a ball at 7-6. Bustamante made a long rail bank on a ball that was spotted, tying the score at 7-7, then pocketed the last ball. Van Boening took a foul and now trailed, 7-6! Van Boening made a short rail crossover bank to tie the score, 7-7, then made the 15th ball in the far corner – and it spotted up. At this point both players made an all-out effort to not lose – resulting in a gazillion safeties. Honestly, I have no clue as to how or why this one will ever end. The time: 8:41. “I should have been counting the safes,” said Danny Diliberto. “This has gotten personal,” said Billy Incardona. Then the crowd goes nuts when Bustamante almost makes a two railer. At 8:51 Van Boening got a shot at a tough long rail bank and made it to win this marathon, and to go ahead, 3-1. 
 
Bustamante got the first shot and ran four before losing position and leaving Van Boening with a shot. Big mistake. Van Boening ran seven, then barely missed the match winning bank – but he now led. 7-4. A few turns later all of the balls were up-table, suggesting another marathon could be coming. But Bustamante barely missed a long rail bank and Van Boening made a sharp back cut to win the game, 8-4, and the match, 4-1. He is now 3-0 while Bustamante fell to 1-2.  
 
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Match #8
Alex Pagulayan 4  – BILLY THORPE 3 
 
Thorpe opened with a difficult carom before playing an aggressive safety. Thorpe kicked for a ball in front of Pagulayan’s pocket, but failed to make it and Alex made only one ball. The score: 1-1. Thorpe went for another carom but missed this time and Pagulayan ran seven and out. 
 
Thorpe broke, but Pagulayan left a ball in front of his own pocket and Thorpe pocketed it. Pagulayan took a foul and the game was again scoreless – then he took yet another one. Thorpe attempted a bank, missed, and left Pagulayan with shot. He made only one and then missed a bank. Thorpe ran four to lead, 4-0. Pagulayan made a tough backcut, then played safe, but left Thorpe with a thin cut that he spun in. He played safe, but left Pagulayan with a bank, which he hung in the jaws. After Thorpe made it for him, Thorpe now led, 5-2. He made a bank and two cut shots to win the game, 8-2. 
 
Thorpe fouled. Pagulayan then slammed in a bank and made one more before failing to execute a simple position play. He now led, 2 to -1. Thorpe made a crossover bank and three more to move ahead, 3-2. Several innings later Thorpe hung a bank and Pagulayan made it for him. 4-2, Thorpe. Pagulayan unluckily left Thorpe a shot on the short side far up the table, and Thorpe added two balls to his score. Thorpe made a billiard and now led, 7-2. Pagulayan made a long rail bank, then a long backcut to cut into Thorpe’s lead. Thorpe closed out the game with a super tough cross table bank in which the ball hit the side rail six diamonds up on the opposite side of the pocket. He now led the match, 2 games to 1. 
 
Pagulayan committed a foul and left Thorpe with a shot. He took full advantage by running 8 and out to reach the hill with a lead of 3-1. 
 
Pagulayan was in a tough spot and took a foul, and then another. Thorpe made one for Pagulayan and now led, 0 to -1. Thorpe fouled, so both were now owed a ball. Pagulayan ran four, and now led, 3 to -1. Thorpe made a difficult bank, then ran four more to take a slim 4-3 lead. He did leave Pagulayan with a crossover bank, and he made it and three more before slamming home a game winning long rail bank. Thorpe now led in the match, 3-2. 
 
Thorpe scored first to lead. 1-0. He then made a ball near Pagulayan’s pocket, so the score was tied at 1-1. Thorpe fouled when playing a soft kick shot. Pagulayan hung a bank, leaving Thorpe with a golden opportunity to run balls. He responded with four, then made Pagulayan’s hanger – and now led, 4-2. Thorpe fouled, following a ball into the corner. Pagulayan took ball-in-hand and ran four before failing to separate a cluster – so he left the table leading 6-3. Pagulayan made a clutch crossover bank to reach game ball, but missed it – badly! Thorpe ran only two before playing poor position, and then missing a triple tough cross table cut. So, Pagulayan now led, 7-5. He barely missed a three rail bank. Thorpe made a super difficult cross table cut, but failed to take out the ball, so Pagulayan won the game, 8-6, tying the match at 3 games each. 
 
Thorpe missed a bank and left Pagulayan an easy shot. He broke the balls, they opened well, and he proceeded to run 8 and out. His record improved to 2-1 while Thorpe fell to 0-3 is the first player to fall out of the chase for the title. 
 
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Jayson Shaw Wins Make It Happen 8-Ball

Jayson Shaw (Photo courtesy of Karl Kantrowitz)

Final Standings
Jayson Shaw (Champion)             4-2      $4,000
Shane Van Boening (Runner-Up) 4-2  $4,000
Corey Deuel                                         3-2  $3,000
John Morra                                             2-3  $2,000
Darren Appleton                                     2-3  $2,000
Rodney Morris                                         1-4  $1,000
 

2016 ACCU-STATS MAKE IT HAPPEN 8-BALL INVITATIONAL
Nov. 17-20 – Sandcastle Billiards – Edison NJ

 

Congratulations to Jayson Shaw, The 2016 MIH 8-Ball Champion!

 

MATCH 16 – THE FINALS

Jayson SHAW 10 – Shane VAN BOENING 4

 

Jayson Shaw issued a statement that he was ready to avenge his loss in the previous match with a break and run. He then ran out game 2 after Van Boening broke dry.

 

One of the very best position plays of the week came in game 3 when Shaw drew back 4 feet to a microscopic shape zone for the key ball to the key ball. He completed his second break and run to take a 3-0 lead.

 

Van Boening came back strong with a break and run, then made three super shots in a row to close out the next game. He now trailed, 3-2.

In game 6 Van Boening pounded the balls on his break, but nothing fell and Shaw ran out, then broke and ran out to extend his lead to 3 games.

 

They split the next two games. Then, in game 10 Van Boening left the cue ball way to close to the 8-ball, missed, and Shaw cleared off the roadmap layout.

 

In game 11 it looked like Van Boening had a chance to begin a comeback, but he committed a huge position play blunder, then missed a long shot to a partial pocket and Shaw ran out. He now led, 8-3.

 

The two traded safeties before Van Boening continued his run of subpar play by missing while attempting to break out a ball using a super hard pound stroke. Shaw missed in game 13 and Van Boening ran out. But in game 14 Van Boening faced a miserable layout after making a ball on the break. He missed a long shot and Shaw ran out to win the match, 10-4, and the title.

 

 

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Nov. 17-20 – Sandcastle Billiards – Edison NJ

 

MATCH 15

Shane VAN BOENING 10 – Jayson SHAW 7

 

According to Billy Incardona, Jayson Shaw secured his spot in the finals after he won his second game, at which point this was match was played for pride – and the grand, of course.

 

In the opener Shaw hooked himself and Van Boening eventually ran out. He also took the second game to lead, 2-0. In game 3 Van Boening missed a long cut shot and Shaw won his first game.

 

Van Boening came back with a break and run, then ran out again after Shaw broke dry to take a 4-1 lead. Van Boening then scratched on the break and this set off an extended run of great play by both competitors. Shaw started it by taking ball-in-hand and running out. He then broke and ran out to pull to within a game at 4-3.

 

Van Boening replied with a break and run, and Shaw came back with one of his own. In game 10 Van Boening missed position but made a super long shot and went on to run that rack from the break. Shaw then B&R game 11!

 

Van Boening failed to squeeze his ball past an obstructer in front of the pocket and Shaw ran out to tie the score at 6-6. He then broke and ran out, but Van Boening answered with one of his own and they were now tied at 7 games apiece.

 

After Shaw missed, Van Boening made a tough shot and ran out. In the following game Shaw blundered near the end of the rack and Van Boening cleared off an easy layout to reach the hill. Shaw surprisingly hooked himself when a runout looked certain, committed a foul, and Van Boening ran the routine layout to win the match, 10-7. He also claimed the best record in the round robin phase at 4-1, and he won 49 games and lost 40. Shaw finished at 3-2 with a won-lost record of 44 and 31.

 

The two will now play a single match for the championship.

 

The Score

VV – S – VV – SS – V – S – V – SSS – VVVV

 

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2016 ACCU-STATS MAKE IT HAPPEN 8-BALL INVITATIONAL
Nov. 17-20 – Sandcastle Billiards – Edison NJ

 

MATCH 14

Darren APPLETON 10 – Rodney MORRIS 3

 

Going into this match both players were at 1-3, but the cash, the desire to avoid the cellar, and professional provide can be strong motivators – and apparently they were for Darren Appleton, who played superbly in this contest of Mosconi Cup foes.

 

Appleton started off with a dry break, but ran out after Morris failed to. In game 2 both players missed long shots, then traded safeties before Appleton got the upper hand. But he missed shape on the 8-ball and had to play a tricky cut into a little more than a half pocket – and he slid it in just past the point to take a 2-0 lead.

 

In the next rack Appleton completed a break and run by slicing the key ball to the key ball across the table – a ridiculously tough shot that reminded us of what a super shotmaker he is.

 

Morris made nothing on his break and Appleton ran out, then broke and ran out again. After Morris missed a tricky shot into the side, Appleton ran out to take a commanding lead of 6-0.

 

Morris finally got on the board after an uncharacteristic display of generosity by Appleton, who missed the 8-ball. After Morris ran out the score was 6-1.

 

In game 8 Morris broke dry again, but Appleton jawed a shot. Morris played what appeared to be a fine safety, but there was a small window to the 2-ball and Appleton made it and ran out.

 

Appleton made nothing on his break but Morris missed his first shot and Appleton ran out. Morris broke and ran, Appleton did as well, and Morris returned the favor with his second consecutive break and run.

 

On the final game, Appleton played an incredible 3-rails around the table cluster break, executed another with a thin cut using inside, then polished of his fourth break and run in 7 tries to win the match, 10-3.

 

Appleton finished the event with a 2-3 record and a W-L record in games of 38-37. Morris finished at 1-4 with a W-L record of 36-47.

 

The Score

AAAAAA – M – AA – M – A – M – A

 

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Nov. 17-20 – Sandcastle Billiards – Edison NJ

 

MATCH 13

Corey DEUEL 10 – John MORRA 3

 

John Morra broke dry in the opening rack and Corey Deuel executed a precision runout, then broke and ran out to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

 

In game three Morra again failed to make a ball but Deuel hooked himself and missed a kick – butt Morra missed and Deuel stole game 3. A break and run followed, and Deuel won again when Morra played terrible position and missed a bank. Deuel now led 5-0, and he added another W with his third break and run, completing an opening streak of 6 straight games.

 

Morra then executed a B&R, Deuel followed with his fourth straight, and Morra again broke and ran. In game 10 Deuel committed a huge blunder when he hooked himself while playing shape on his key ball and Morra ran out. At this point Deuel led, 7-3.

 

In game 11 Morra looked like he was going to run out, but he leaned over the table to play an easy shot, possibly changing his head position and his line of aim – and he missed badly. Deuel ran out. In the next game Morra missed positon and had to play a long shot, which he missed. Deuel ran out, then ran out again after Morra broke dry for the third time – winning the match, 10-3.

 

Deuel earned a thousand dollars for his superb performance and a place in the upper half of the field with a record of 3-2, and 39 games won against 40 losses. Morra finished at 2-3 with a W-L record of 31-42.

 

The Score

DDDDDD – M –D – MM – DDD

 

 

 

ACCU-STATS Make It Happen 10-BALL Invitational – THE FINALS

Shane Van Boening (Photo courtesy of Pat Fleming – Accustats Productions)

*** Shane Van Boening 13 – Jayson Shaw 10 ***
 
The finals figured to be a shootout featuring a steady barrage of run outs from the break, but over the first seven games neither player could manage even one.
 
Van Boening won the opener with a five ball run after Shaw scratched on a kick shot. Van Boening then scratched on his break and Shaw ran out, and then won again when Van Boening unexpectedly missed the eight ball. When Shaw hooked himself in the next game Van Boening ran six and out, tying the score at 2-2.
 
Shaw then executed a mammoth draw shot from the 1 to the 2-ball, ran out and won again when Van Boening fouled on a kick attempt. Shaw now led, 4-2.
 
Shaw came up dry, however, on his break in game seven, Van Boening ran out, then broke and ran out to tie the score at 4 each. Van Boening played a safe, then sliced in the 1-ball and ran out, but Shaw returned the favor after Van Boening broke dry, so after 10 games the two were knotted at 5-5.
 
Game 11 was a huge turning point as the two players fought hard in a tremendous test of their defensive skills and wills – which Van Boening eventually won in the eighth inning of the game on the strength of a super precise position play to a small window for shape on the 4-ball. He ran out to take a 6-5 lead, and then he exploded.
 
The cue ball stopped after the break in the jaws of the upper right corner pocket (from the streaming viewer’s perspective), and the 1-ball was in the middle of the table on a straight diagonal line to the lower left corner pocket. Billy Incardona set the stage for this monster shot, and then Van Boening cleanly fired it into the center of the pocket – as the replay showed – and ran out. He then broke and ran again – and again – at which point he now led the match, 9-5.
 
And it looked like Van Boening would run the next game but he missed a routine shot on the 9-ball. Shaw was hooked behind the 10-ball, but he kicked in the 9, then slammed home a bank on the 10-ball for the W.
In game 16 Van Boening rebounded with a masterful shot on the 2-ball for shape on the 5 that deserved several gold stars, then ran out. In the next game he blundered when playing shape on the 4-ball, but kicked it in, banked in the 6-ball and ran out, then made a carom on his way to running the next rack, extending his lead to 12-6. He was now on the hill thanks to six B&Rs in games 8-18.
 
It looked like it was over, but we know what Yogi said, and Shaw did, in fact, mount a charge. It started when Van Boening pushed out after his break and Shaw played a strong safe. Van Boening fouled, and Shaw ran out. Shaw left the 5-ball in the jaws in game 20 but Van Boening missed a long shot on the 6 and Shaw ran out. Van Boening now led by four, 12-8.
 
In the following game Van Boening strangely missed an easy shot on the 6-ball, Shaw ran out, then followed this with his only break and run of the match to narrow the gap to 12-10. If he could get his break working he just might run several racks and out as he had against Darren Appleton and Kevin Cheng.
 
But after making a ball on the break Shaw scratched on a cross and down the table position route on the 1-ball and Van Boening ran the remaining eight balls to win the match, 13-10, and the title.
 
The Score Line: V S-S V S-S V-V-V S V-V-V-V S V-V-V S-S-S-S V 
 
Accu-Stats TPA
Shane Van Boening – .918
Jason Shaw – .875
 
ACCU-STATS Total Performance Average (TPA) 
Every player had at least one super performance as shown by their best TPAs below.
Average TPA – # of matches – highest TPA
Shane Van Boening —.915 (6) — 943 
Jayson Shaw ———– .904 (6) —.970 
Thorsten Hohmann — 904 (5) — .972 
Kevin Cheng ———– .879 (5) — .940 
Earl Strickland ——— .867 (5) — .975 
Darren Appleton —— .839 (5) — .945
 
THE STANDINGS in the Round Robin
Jayson Shaw – 4-1
Shane Van Boening – 3-2 
Thorsten Hohmann – 3-2 
Earl Strickland – 2-3 
Kevin Cheng – 2-3 
Darren Appleton – 1-4

2015 Accu-Stats Make It Happen One-Pocket – Day 3

Shane Van Boening (Photo courtesy of Johnny Sturgis)

MATCH #9 – Scott Frost 3, Justin Hall 1
GAME 1 – Hall 8, Frost -1  (Innings: 29)
This was a Tale of 2 Games In One. In Part 1 the two traded safeties through the first 15 innings while the balls remained at the foot end of the table. The key moment came in inning 13 when Frost removed a pack of balls from in front of Hall’s pocket. After a few more safeties Hall missed a bank, and Frost then scratched on a long distance safety. Hall took ball-in-hand and ran five balls, the final one a very thin cut. He played a combo and hung a ball in his pocket, and left the table leading 5 to -1. Frost made the ball for Hall and then Part 2 of the game began as the players began to play an uptable game. Finally, in the 23rd inning, Hall made a nice cut, missed a bank, and Frost pocketed a bank. The score now read 7 to 0 in Hall’s favor. They began trading safeties until Frost scratched in the 28th inning and Hall drilled home a spot shot to end this 35 minute safety filled contest.
 
GAME 2 – Frost 8, Hall 0  (Innings: 7)
The two players resumed their safety wars in game 2 –  the score was tied at 0-0 after 6 innings. But Hall had left a long combo after missing a bank and Frost fired it, then went to work on layout that was far from a sure runout. He played a superb pattern while clearing off the open balls. Then, on the sixth shot of his run, he sent the cue ball off the side rail and into a couple of balls with great precision, got position, and completed his run of 8 and out. Score tied, 1-1. 
 
GAME 3 – Frost 8, Hall -1 (Innings: 8)
Hall put a ball in the jaws and Frost pocketed it, the Frost sank a bank shot to tie the score at 1-1 after the opening three innings. Hall played an intentional foul. Then my screen froze momentarily, and when it came back up, the score was -1 to -1! Frost opened his seventh inning with a 2-rail bank and ran six more before heading for his seat with a 6 to -1 advantage. Hall promptly sold out and Frost made two simple shots and grabbed a 2-1 lead in the match. 
 
GAME 4 – Frost 8, Hall 1 (Innings: 4)
After Frost broke the balls well, Hall kick/banked in a ball. Frost answered with a bank and made two more to take a 3-1 lead after the first two innings. Hall missed a bank and Frost kicked in a ball and then played safe. Hall played a respectable safety, but Frost went for a double table length bank, made it, and made two more balls before playing a dead carom out of the pack to win the game, 8-1, and the match. Frost is now 1-3 while Hall fell to 1-2. 
 
MATCH #10 – Efren Reyes 3, Alex Pagulayan 0
GAME 1 – Reyes 8, Pagulayan 0  (Innings: 3)
On his second trip to the table Pagulayan played a safe, but left Reyes with a shot, and The Magician was off and running. He opened with a bank, pocketed two balls left handed, and that left him with the perfect angle for another bank. After making it, he had a cut shot that enabled him to break a cluster in the triangle. Another lefthanded shot and two more balls later and he completed his run of 8 and out. 
 
GAME 2 – Reyes, Pagulayan 1 (  (Innings: 6)
After some early game safety play Reyes made a bank using inside english, and he faced an open table and a simple shot. But he overspun the shot and missed, leaving for his seat with a 1-0 lead rather than the runout he almost surely expected to complete. Pagulayan had a golden opportunity to run out, but missed a shot using inside english (which is the most common miss among pros) and Reyes went back to work. Seven shots late he completed his run and took a commanding lead of 2-0 in this race to three. 
 
GAME 3 – Reyes, Pagulayan -1  (Innings: 9)
Reyes left Pagulayan with a thin cut on his break, but Alex passed and played a fine safety. The two Filipino gladiators traded safeties, including a foul by Pagulayan. So, after six innings, Reyes led, 0 to -1. After Reyes played a poor safety in the seventh inning Pagulayan made an easy kick/combo, but failed to get rewarded with a shot, and committed another foul. Two safes later and the score was till Reyes 0, Pagulayan -1 after eight full innings of play. On his last turn, however, Pagulayan had left Reyes with a short rail bank, and he made it, but the cue ball went far down the table. Reyes rose to the occasion and made it, and then pocketed a thin cut and one more ball, setting up a cluster break. He separated the balls nicely and ran three more to complete his second 8 and out of the match. Reyes is now 3-0 while Pagulayan, the consensus choice to win, fell to 0-4!
 
 
MATCH #11 – Shane Van Boening 3, Justin Hall 1
GAME 1 – Hall 8, Van Boening 5  (Innings: 41)
Fans of defensive One-Pocket got their money’s worth and then some with this classic 41 inning duel. 
Van Boening played a safe in the second inning, but left a shot and Hall ran two, then failed to open the balls on a cluster break and took his seat with a 3-0 lead. In his fourth turn Van Boening left Hall with a bank, which he made, and then banked in another and made one more before missing a combo. The score was now 6-0 for Hall. In the eighth inning Van Boening got on the board with a cross table cut, then made one more ball to close the gap to 6-2. The safety battle then ensued, and it wasn’t until the nineteenth inning that Van Boening made a super long rail bank. Two innings later he made another long railer and slow rolled in a table length shot to pull with one at 6-5. A couple of turns later a four ball wedge formed on the head rail and safety followed safety until the 29th inning when Hall made a bank to reach the “hill ball” as Incardona called it with a 7-5 lead. The safeties continued until his 40th turn when Van Boeing missed a bank and left Hall with a long shot, which he pocketed for the hard fought “W.”
 
GAME 2 – Van Boening 8, Hall 0 (Innings: 2)
Van Boening broke well and Hall left him a shot. Van Boeing made two balls, then executed a precise cluster break. On the fourth ball he had to bridge over a ball, which he managed with consummate skill. On the sixth shot of his run he went into the balls again and then finished off his run of 8 and out. The score was now tied at 1-1.
 
GAME 3 – Van Boening 8, Hall 7 (Innings: 30)
Hall left Van Boeing with a thin cut on his break, but Shane missed and Hall did as well, at which point Game 3 turned into the second marathon of the match. Van Boening scored a ball in his fourth turn, and ran five more in his next try after Hall left him with a shot. Van Boening opened with a crossover bank and ran four more to take a 6-0 lead. In the eighth inning Van Boening missed a slow rolled cut and Hall fired in a bank, then another bank, and ran four more to tie the score at 6-6.  A safety battle then broke out. Van Boening finally reached the hill ball in the seventeenth inning with a combo after Hall played a poor bank shot. Two innings later Hall tied the score at 7-7 after Van Boening’s take out attempt left Hall with a shot. Eleven more innings of safety play tool place until Hall’s kick shot left Van Boening with a long cross corner bank off the side rail, which he slammed home for the win. He now led the match, 2-1.
 
GAME 4 – Van Boening 8, Hall -1 (Innings: 4)
Van Boening executed a superb break and Hall promptly left a shot. Van Boeing made a long rail bank into a carom (there was a ball near his pocket), then pocketed a super long shot. His next trick was to cut in a ball using two bridges to shoot over an obstructer. He then played safe, leading 3 to 0. Both players took intentional fouls at the top of the rack, but Van Boening left Hall with a jacked up cut. Halls shot came up short and he scratched. Van Boening made two, then played a precise draw shot for positon and closed out his run of 6 and out. With this win Van Boening improved his record to 3-1 while Hall fell out of contention for the title at 1-3. 
 
MATCH #12 – Danny Smith 3, Efren Reyes 2
After the fourth game of this five game match had been played Billy Incardona called it “the best One-Pocket match that I have ever watched.” And that was before the super dramatic double hill game had even been played! You are about to find out why. I might add that in all of my years of listening to the Voice of Accu-Stats, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Billy be more on his announcing game than he’s been during this event!
 
GAME 1 – Smith 8, Reyes 1  (Innings: 5)
Smith entered this contest with a record of 3-0, just like Reyes. Still, some must have wondered if he belonged with such elite company, and he had yet to pass the Reyes Test, one that so many have failed.
Smith won the lag and broke well. Reyes responded with a good move, but Smith then laid down a super safety and Reyes, after much deliberation, left a shot. Game on. Smith opened with a tricky shot with the bridge, made a ball, and then one for himself and Reyes. He followed this with a bank, a thin cut, and two more balls before being forced to play safe, leading 7-1. After a couple more safeties Reyes missed a bank and left Smith with a long shot, which he confidently pocketed to take the first game of this epic set. 
 
GAME 2 – Reyes 8, Smith -2  (Innings: 20)
Game 2 was the first of three lengthy battles in the match. They each took intentional fouls in the fourth inning. Reyes sank a ball and played safe, so he led, 0 to -1. In the sixth inning Reyes sold out, but Smith missing hung an easy shot in the jaws and Reyes made it, tying the score at 0-0. An exchange of safeties took place, which included fouls by Smith in the ninth and sixteenth innings (this one being a precise long distance kick), at which point Reyes led, 0 to -2. On his seventeenth turn Smith left Reyes with a long combo and he fired it in, then made a combo and another ball on top of it, added two more balls, and headed for his chair leading 5 to –2. In his nineteenth trip to the table Smith missed a bank, sold out, and Reyes ran out to win the game and tie the score at 1-1. 
 
GAME 3 – Reyes 8, Smith 6  (Innings: 17)
This one game is reason enough to buy this set of DVDs! In the fourth inning Reyes left Smith with a bank, which he made. He then hung another ball and Reyes softly kicked it in, so after four innings Smith led, 2-0. In inning number eight Reyes left another bank, which Smith deposited in his pocket along with two more balls before playing a safety. Reyes fouled in two of his next three turns and so, after 11 innings, Smith led, 5 to -2. In the thirteenth inning Reyes played a carom, missed, and left a shot. Smith made it and played safe, extending his lead to eight balls at 6 to -2. Surely he would win this game. But on his next turn Smith missed a difficult shot and Reyes made a combo and three more balls before missing a bank. He now trailed, 6 to 2, but had turned the tide.  After a couple of safeties Smith overcut a shot, but left the ball just above his pocket and an inch or so off the rail. Then the fireworks exploded! Reyes made a difficult bank and sent the cue ball four rails around the table and to the foot rail for position on the ball Smith had missed!! This was easily the Shot of the Tournament. The Magician opened a cluster, made two more balls, and then finished a run of 6 and out with a cross table cut. He now led in the match, 2-1. 
 
GAME 4 – Smith 8, Reyes 4  (Innings: 2)
Reyes followed his spectacular win with a super break. Smith attempted to take a ball out of Reyes’ pocket on his first inning, but left Reyes with a shot. Reyes ran four balls and played a safety, but left Smith with a shot. Smith opened his Big Explosion with a bank and a super carom shot! He ran to the game ball and played superb positon on a ball near the side rail on the other side of the table, then sank the gamewinner to tie the score at 2-2. 
 
GAME 5 – Smith 8, Reyes 5  (Innings: 24)
The grand finale lasted for 40 minutes and 24 innings. Smith broke well, and then laid down a strong move in his second inning, forcing Reyes to take an intentional foul. Smith kicked, fouled, and left Reyes with a shot, which he made before hanging his next shot in the jaws, leaving Smith with an offensive opportunity. Smith ran four and went into a cluster but came up with nothing, pocketed Reyes’ hanger, and took a 3-1 lead. In his fourth inning Reyes rolled a ball in front of his pocket, trapping Smith. When his take out failed, Reyes made the hanger and three more before missing a bank. He now led, 5-3. A long series of safeties followed, so when Reyes took an intentional foul in the thirteenth inning, his lead was now 4-3. In the fifteenth inning Smith executed a super bank take out move. Reyes sold out on a kick shot and Smith ran three to take a 6-4 lead. 
In the nineteenth inning Smith went for a bank, missed, and Reyes made a cross over bank to close to within a ball at 6-5. But he left Smith with a long rail bank and Danny rifled it home, then hung the match winning ball in the jaws. Reyes played a take out for the ages, banking off the end rail into the ball, removing it, and sending the cue ball around the table and back to the foot rail, leaving Smith without a shot! The end was fast approaching, and the suspense was electric. After two safety exchanges Smith hung a bank, Reyes missed a long shot, and Smith was given the hanger, ending this titanic struggle between the Old Master (Reyes at 60) and the Rising Star (Smith, 28). With his win, Smith earned a place in Sunday night’s finals. He will play the winner of Sunday’s match between Reyes and Shane Van Boening. 
 
Sunday Preview
Danny Smith has clinched a spot in the finals with his four victories. Efren Reyes and Shane Van Boening each have three wins, but they play each other, so only one of them will reach four wins. The loser is guaranteed third place. 
The other three players will be competing for a $1,000, which goes to the winner of each match. The loser gets a handshake. They will also be playing for pride. Smith beats Hall and Pagulayan wins his match with Frost, the bottom three would all have records of 1-4! 
 
Scores
DAY 1 
#1 – Justin Hall 3, Alex Pagulayan 1
#2 – Danny Smith 3, Shane Van Boening 2 
#3 – Efren Reyes 3, Scott Frost 2
#4 – Shane Van Boening 3, Alex Pagulayan 0
DAY 2 
#5 – Danny Smith 3, Scott Frost 2
#6 – Efren Reyes 3, Justin Hall 0 
#7 – Shane Van Boening 3, Scott Frost 1
#8 – Danny Smith 3, Alex Pagulayan 2
DAY 3
#9 – Scott Frost 3, Justin Hall 1
#10 – Efren Reyes 3, Alex Pagulayan 0 
#11 – Shane Van Boening 3, Justin Hall 1
#12 – Danny Smith 3, Efren Reyes 2
 
Standings      
                                                W-L – Gm. W/L  –  Today’s opponent
Danny Smith 4-0 – 12/8 Hall 
Efren Reyes 3-1 – 11/5 Van Boening
Shane Van Boening 3-1 – 11/5 Reyes
Justin Hall 1-3 – 5/10 Smith   
Scott Frost 1-3 – 8/10 Pagulayan
Alex Pagulayan 0-4 – 3/12 Frost
 
Today’s Schedule
AFTERNOON SESSION
12:00pm: Scott Frost vs. Alex Pagulayan
2:30pm: Justin Hall vs. Danny Smith
 
EVENING SESSION
7:00pm: Efren Reyes vs. Shane Van Boening
9:30pm: The Finals – Smith vs. Reyes or Van Boening 

The Cannon takes Derby City Banks division

LIVE from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Resort and Casino, Elizabeth, IN

 

Derby City Classic XVII, January 23-31, 2015

 

Diamond Derby City Classic XVII: Bank Pool Division: FINALS

 

From 413 entrants on Friday, tonight there were three: Efren Reyes, Shannon Daulton and John Brumback.

 

All had one loss. There would be no buy-backs. One of the them was going to get a bye.

 

In a unique way of picking who gets it, each player was asked to pick up one of 3 big boxes sitting on the Diamond table in the Accu-Stats Arena then, face the bottom of it to the audience.

 

Unbeknownst to the players, one of the boxes had BYE written on it. Much to his relief, Brumback had chosen it: He was sent swiftly into the Finals.

 

Efren and Shannon stayed in the Arena to determine who got 3rd.

 

If Efren won the semi's, then the finals, he would be the first man, ever, to complete the DCC career "Grand Slam" with wins in all 3 divisions. Banks, One-Pocket, and 9-Ball.

 

With a 2-0, and needing the case ball, Efren looked invincible. H even had a couple of attempts at it. Shannon reached for his cannon. Blasting back with some incredible shotmaking, the match was soon tied at 2. He was driven, but it wasn't over yet.

 

In the decider, Efren had 3 balls, Shannon had zero.  With more gut wrenching, inner strength,  Daulton caught a gear and now had 4. Efren, altho,' having showed moments of magic, was missing.

 

Shannon's opportunity arose when Efren left the 4-ball a couple of inches from the bottom rail. With incredible precision, Shannon crossed it the length of the table towards the opposite corner pocket.

 

As it passed the side, there was now doubt that it would run true. Daulton strode, with outstretched hand, toward Reyes as the ball dropped in behind him.

 

When The Cannon sank that last ball the exultation was written all over his face. He was ecstatic. So, were the hometown fans in the standing room only arena.

 

"I've been beaten so many times by Efren, including last year in the One-Pocket Finals," coincidently, the only division Shannon hasn't won.

 

"I really prepared for this. I've been going to sleep anywhere from 9-11, every night.

 

"I'm now 42 years old. You can either win upstairs, in action, or downstairs here on the TV table. In the TV table, you win forever."

 

No need for rest, he faced long time friend and fellow Southerner John Brumback. They grew up banging balls around together.  Both have many DCC titles. Money be-damned; There was nothing more important than garnering other one.

 

Shannon won the lag…broke, and ran 5 and out. They got down to one ball in the second game and Shannon sank that: 2-0.

 

Shannon stayed ahead and had opportunities to take it all but now the banks were eluding him. One even slow rolled to the hole only to tease him.

 

John stayed alive at 1-2 and took a time-out.

 

Yesterday, he and Shannon had been practicing together, for the same title, at a friend's house. Their deep-rooted friendship was most apparent when Shannon, with an energy drink in his hand, was late returning from the time-out.

 

John, mildly frustrated, said, " Where ya been? I've been waiting on you," Then he, nonchalantly, took Shannon's drink, sucked a long draft from the straw, and placed it back in his hand.

 

Shannon didn't even notice. "Go break, then," he said."

 

John did but to no avail. It garnered him only a ball.

 

Shannon showed the same form of the opening rack. Needing only one ball, he finally sank that elusive championship orb. They shared a congratulatory hug.

 

It'e easy to tell that these guys will be competitors and friends, in and out of the arena, for life. Today, they knew that it was just Shannon's turn.

 

On they go to the One-Pocket division.

 

See it LIVE at accu-stats.com

 

The One-Pocket Hall of Fame Banquet

 

Tuesday evening, Steve Booth hosted the most entertaining night at the Derby, The One

Pocket Hall of Fame Banquet in Legends Bar near the Horseshoe Southern Indiana food court.

 

The evening honored the life and times of the inimitable, sometimes notorious, Freddy "The Beard" Bentivegna. 1940-2014.

 

It was night full of sweet sadness, tears, spurious road stories, laughs–lots of laughs–and lastly, surprises–lots of surprises.

 

What night commemorating Freddy is not going to be filled with all of the above. Friends and family–his daughter Cat–came to honor him with tales portraying the man behind his infamous escapades to an audience transfixed.

 

Freddy's Chicago neighborhood friend of 43 years, John Bosnak, with the aid daughter Cat, dug into the archives to compile a slide show of pics that went as far back as the 40s.

 

The eerie the thing about John is not that only that he and Freddy looked like they were brothers, their voices, including intonation, sounded identical. So when John was commentating during the slide show, it sounded like Freddy was introducing himself.

 

"Yeah, we've been friends for so long that we started to be alike." John joked. Narrating the pics, he soon choked up as he was reminded that his dear friend was no longer with us. 

 

Scott Frost was first from the pool community to the podium. "Freddy told me that, 'If you stick with it, one day you will beat Efren.' The interesting thing is that I believed him. I really credit that his motivation contributed to my success today."

 

Billy Incardona and Danny Diliberto waxed eloquently stating that Bentivegna was one of pool's greatest characters and raconteurs.

 

Mary Kenniston, Nick Varner, and Efren Reyes were respectfully present.

 

Videographer Angel Levine stated that Freddy and his great friend George Fels (who had edited his recent, Encyclopedia of Pool Hustlers) were a profound influence in her life and, jokingly, referred to them as scoundrels and scholars. "As a teenager, hanging out in the pool room, they not only watched out for me, they were like father figures to me."

 

Freddy's daughter Cat has started a Freddy the Beard Facebook page and it already has 3000 "likes." She invites anyone to share their personal Freddy story.

 

"His philosophy was that, in life, everyone should strive to do what ever makes them happy," Cat reflected.

 

Accu-Stats commentator, and cue maker, Bill Gibbs donated a cue that he had made in 1989. In 2008 he started having all the One Pocket and Bank Pool legends sign it at the annual Hall of Fame Banquets. Today, it has a proud new owner.

 

Then came the surprises: The legendary  Marshall "Squirrel" Carpenter was in the house. Scott Frost returned to the mic and shared that The Tuscaloosa Squirrel was his first road partner. "And now, at 87, he's still matching up!"

 

"Do you have the nuts?" was hollered form the floor? "I never had the nuts, I just liked to crack 'em," he retorted.

 

Then Bank Pool Hall of Famer Hogue was back at the Podium preparing us for the evening's biggest surprise. it was time to honor the "Lifetime Pool in Action" award.

 

"When I was a kid, this man had so much faith in me that he took me on the road as my stake horse and it took me six months to book a winner. He always stood by me.

 

"His whole life has been dedicated to allowing people to see the beauty of Pool…"

 

Meanwhile, Greg Sullivan, Diamond's president and founder of the Derby City Classic turned to his wife Kay and whispered incredulously. "This sounds like me."

 

Hogue's deep, resonating voice was still bellowing into the microphone. "…Greg Sullivan," 

 

The room went crazy, Lifetime Pool in Action award? Greg's jaw dropped as, overwhelmed, he was dragged to the podium, "No, no, you take it. " he choked, "Give it to me later. I hate the limelight," tears now streaming down his face. 

 

Finally, somewhat composed, he graciously thanked everyone. "All I ever wanted to do was let pool evolve from a game into a sport." 

 

"Well, you've certainly done that," said Banquet founder, Steve Booth, closing the ceremonies. "Pool has always had two sides," Steve acknowledged, "The Tournament side and the Action side. Here at the Derby, Greg, you've brought them together."

 

Kay Sullivan was still sitting, observing all, from her setting at the table. She had known of her husband's surprise presentation, and kept it secret, for two terrifying weeks. Her face beaming with pride, still glistening from her tears.

 

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The George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge

 

Action all day as daily bonuses are distributed to the top 3 high runs. $300, $200, $100.

 

No one has caught Jayson's 227 or Mika's 224.

 

When Orcollo heard that there was $1,000 prize for the tournament's highest run, he ran upstairs between one-pocket matches and, in his first inning, delivered a 197. That should ensure him a berth in the final 8. Can he repeat?

 

Nick Van Den Berg has a 149, Warren Kiamco, a 145. Mika struck an additional 112.

 

One more day of qualifiers before the top 8 high runners square off in single elimination. it looks like a lowly 100 might get you in there.

 

See it live at www.tvmike.tv

Diamond Derby City Classic XVII: One Pocket Division

 

352 One Pocket are now down to 70 As Morra, at 3-1, sent veteran Cliff Joyner to buy back. "John shot well," said Cliff. "I got distracted by all the action around me rather than focussing on the game."

 

"It was an interesting match coming from the pace of the Banks and 10-Ball," observed John, "The first game took 90 minutes, the last one, 90 seconds."

 

Frost lost 1-3 to World 14.1 Champion Stephan Cohen and Efren bought back after a second round loss to New Yorker, Jim Milazoo. Didn't that previously happen to him in the Banks too?

 

More One-Pocket Action in the Accu-Stats TV arena tomorrow starting with Efren and Shane at 10am EDT, He'd better get some rest after his Banks match. One more loss and he's gone.

 

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Diamond thanks its sponsors: The Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BCA Pool League, and BadBoys Billiard Productions.

 

Accu-Stats thanks its Arena Sponsors: Simonis Cloth, Cyclop Balls, OB Cues, Cue and Case, MEZZ Cues, Samsara Cues, and National Billiard Academy.