Louisville Billiards Action Heats Up
By Mike Fieldhammer, InsidePOOL Staff
The weather and action are heating up in Louisville. Rainy weather greeted players arriving on day two of the Tenth Annual Derby City Classic. Round three of the 9-ball banks tournament is nearly complete.
Last night’s bank pool ring game winner, Brian Gregg, suffered his first loss in round three to Brent Jackson. Former world all-around champion Efren “The Magician” Reyes survived two close calls Saturday: He came back from a 2-1 deficit to win against Grady Mathews in a defensive battle during the final game. Reyes then won his third-round match 3-2 after Dee Adkins missed a cross-side bank that spectators thought was a sure thing, given his excellent banking during the match.
One of the hottest players of 2007 and InsidePOOL’s Player of the Year, Shane Van Boening lost his second-round match to Scott “The Freezer” Frost 3-2 and then was eliminated from the bank pool event by former world champion Alex Pagulayan. Karen Corr, ranked number two on the WPBA’s tour; Jose Parica; Jason “The Dark Horse” Kirkwood; and former world all-around champion Jason Miller remain undefeated through three rounds.
As far as early action this year, the match-ups so far feature Van Boening versus one-pocket legend Cliff Joyner in a five-ahead set with Joyner giving Van Boening 10-7 and 9-7 on Van Boening’s break.
A 10-ball ring game will be taking place on the TV table. Stay tuned to InsidePOOL for more results.