When it comes to movies and books, the rule of thumb is that the sequel rarely is better than the original.
Thursday night, Thorsten Hohmann and Jayson Shaw were the exception to this belief.
Fresh off of a lopsided loss at the hands of Shaw on Wednesday, Hohmann jumped out to an early lead and nearly pulled off the upset before losing in a sudden death shootout in the quarterfinals of the World Pool Series 8-Ball Classic Championship at the IDM Club in Bucharest.
“I’m just happy to get over the finish line,” Shaw said after the match. “It was a very tough match and it’s disappointing that one of us has to lose.”
Hohmann took advantage of a couple of Shaw dry breaks early and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. He had an opportunity to increase his lead to 5-0 but committed an unforced error which allowed Shaw to get on the board instead. Hohmann used an unforced error by Shaw in the ninth game as well as a pair of run-outs after his break to build an 8-4 advantage but the Scotsman slowly chipped away at the lead.
Shaw won two quick games to cut the lead to 8-6 then took advantage of a misplayed 8-ball by his opponent to cut the lead to one. Three consecutive breaks and runs by both opponents left Hohmann with a 10-8 advantage in a race to 13 but Shaw responded by scratching out three straight wins to take an 11-10 lead. Hohmann again tied the match with a break and run and returned to the table in the 23rd game when Shaw failed to pocket a ball on the break.
Feeling the pressure of the moment, Hohmann laboriously worked his way through the balls while trying to maintain control of the cue ball. After partially blocking his path to the 7-ball, Hohmann pocketed the ball with a touch of spin then executed a tough cut shot on the 8-ball into the corner pocket to climb onto the hill.
Hohmann had a chance to close out the match in regulation but missed a difficult 10-ball after his break shot. Shaw ran out to force a sudden death shootout in which he made three of the overtime shots while Hohmann was shut out. Shaw stated after the match that he practices shootout shots on his Chinese 8-ball table at home.
“I was feeling the pressure a little bit at the end of the match. I was behind the whole match,” Shaw said.
The match was a stark contrast to the previous day’s match on the winner’s side, which Shaw won handily, 11-6.
Shaw will face Eklent Kaci of Albania, who put on a dominating performance in a 13-4 victory against Poland’s Daniel Maciol. Using a fierce break shot, Kaci jumped out to an early 4-0 lead then rattled off seven consecutive victories while Maciol struggled to pocket balls on the break.
“My break was working,” Said Kaci after the match. “I was breaking as hard as I can trying to make a ball on the break. It’s hard to win against good players with dry breaks.”
Maciol attempted a late rally, winning two games to cut Kaci’s lead to 12-4, but any hopes of a comeback dissolved when he left a 2-ball near the corner pocket in the 17th game.
Semifinal action begins Friday at 11 a.m. local time with Chris Melling taking on Romania’s own Ioan Ladanyi, with Kaci and Shaw starting at 7 a.m.
Melling opened quarterfinals action Thursday with a 13-9 defeat of Wojciech Szewczyk of Poland while Ladanyi overcame an early 7-2 deficit to upset Fedor Gorst of Russia.
The 8-Ball Classic Championship is the third event of the four-tournament 2018 World Pool Series. This event will be held at the IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania from August 7th to 10th 2018. The World Pool Series is sponsored by Rasson, Aramith, Predator, Iwan Simonis, Tiger, and Kamui. Our suppliers and partners are Billiards Digest, CueScore, Outsville, and the WPA.
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