With a 4-0 lead against Joshua Filler, Jayson Shaw appeared well-positioned to secure a quarterfinalist position in the Rasson 10-Ball Masters Championship.
A couple of missed opportunities and lost safety battles later, Shaw watched as the young German won 11 consecutive games, gutting out an 11-4 win to claim one of the remaining four slots remaining for Saturday’s competition at Steinway Billiards in Astoria.
Filler looked vulnerable early, missing a handful of balls while he struggled to find his game. However, as Shaw’s unforced errors began to pile up, so too did Filler’s victories.
“That’s the game. He didn’t take his chances and then I took my chances,” Filler said.
“I didn’t deserve to win. I was up 4-0 and had about 20 chances,” Shaw said after the match. “I didn’t play good enough to win. I had my chances.”
Also advancing to Saturday’s session is James Aranas, who jumped out to leads of 5-1 and 9-2 while cruising to an 11-3 victory over reigning U.S. Open 10-Ball champion Shane Van Boening. Aranas mixed a couple of breaks and runs in with some fortunate rolls to build the early lead and capitalized on dry breaks by Van Boening.
“That happens in pool. We can’t always have it the way we want it to be. Everybody gets bad rolls and bad days,” Van Boening said.
Aranas heads into the weekend looking to continue the red-hot spring he’s had. The young Filipino earned top honors at the inaugural Asian Cultures Day tournament in Las Vegas and Maryland State 9-Ball championships last month. Aranas also won March’s Scotty Townsend Memorial and the Super Billiards Expo barbox pro-am event in April.
Filling out the remaining two spots in the quarterfinals were Lee Van Corteza and Ralf Souquet.
Corteza used a lethal break shot along with some tight pattern play to defeat reigning World Pool Masters champion Niels Feijen, 11-6.
“When I was playing Niels I was praying for a good roll and to have a shot very game. The Pool Gods had favor for me,” Corteza said with a laugh.
Souquet battled down to the wire with Marc Bijsterbosch of the Netherlands, with the two tied at eight games each until Souquet gutted out the final three racks to take the match, 11-8.
In the evening session, Alex Pagulayan earned a spot in the quarterfinals with an 11-8 win over Shaw and Denis Grabe punched his ticket for the weekend with an 11-6 win over Bijsterbosch.
Dennis Orcullo claimed a spot in the final eight with an 11-8 win over Van Boening and Alex Kazakis defeated Corteza in a sudden death shootout to qualify for Saturday’s sessions.
Tomorrow’s quarterfinals will begin at 11 a.m. local time with Pagulayan facing Corteza, followed by Grabe matching up with Filler. Orcullo is scheduled to play Souquet at approximately 5 p.m. and Kazakis will take on Aranas at 8 p.m.
Admission for the weekend sessions is free for spectators.
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