Reyes Deals Appleton Defeat
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Virginia Beach, VA
by InsidePOOL Staff
Dismay flooded Darren Appleton’s many fans during his winners’ side match against Efren “Bata” Reyes. This was the second time the two have met in a week—last Friday they played a challenge match that Appleton took 15-12. But this time the score seesawed to hill-hill. In the final rack, Appleton missed the 1 ball, and Reyes ended up lucking in the money ball to win 11-10, sending Appleton to the one-loss side.
U.S. Open champ in 2005, Alex Pagulayan remains undefeated as well, eking out a double-hill victory over Daryl Peach of the U.K. and then world 8-ball champion Jun Lin Chang of Taipei 11-6. Pagulayan will next face off against Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, who had blazed through his last two opponents, Brandon Shuff 11-2 and Albin Ouschan 11-3.
Shane Van Boening scored an 11-4 victory over Dutch player Nick Van Den Berg and then went on to face Chris Melling of the U.K. Melling took a 4-1 lead over the past U.S. Open champ but Van Boening turned the tables and sent Melling to the west side of the chart 11-4. In the next round Van Boening will match up against Ronnie Alcano, who defeated China’s He Wen Li 11-4.
Earl Strickland was toppled from the winners’ side in his match against Jose Parica, who sent him to the left side 11-5. Parica advances to play Jayson Shaw of the U.K., who bested 2001 winner Corey Deuel 11-8.
On the west side, last year’s runner-up, Shawn Putnam shot to a huge lead over Virginian player Chris Futrell and reached the hill 10-1 before Futrell was able to put another rack on the wire. However, Putnam won the following to take the match 11-2.
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