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Derby City 1-P Down to Six
Jan 26, 2012, 12:34 PM

ELIZABETH, Ind. -- In the 10th round of the one-pocket division at the Derby City Classic, Shane Van Boening had an opportunity to take a commanding lead in the race for the $20,000 Master of the Table award.

Van Boening, the reigning all-around champion, took 100 points for a second-place finish in the opening 9-ball banks event, while Shuff earned 80 points with his third-place performance. This afternoon, with Shuff on one loss and Van Boening unbeaten, a Van Boening win would've put plenty of distance between him and the field. But Shuff responded with a resounding 3-0 win on the Accu-Stats TV table.

Using his buy-back option, Van Boening remained one of the six players to progress to the 11th round. And, as luck would have it, he drew Shuff once again. Additionally, John Brumback, himself still in the all-around hunt with a fourth-place finish in banks, is taking on Darren Appleton. Joey Gray, the lone unbeaten player, is matching up with Efren Reyes.

One-pocket play will continue through this evening, with the final scheduled for 8 p.m. (EST). But for anyone who's familiar with the free-wheeling Derby City Classic, schedules are often exercises in futility. With at least three rounds left to be played, the champion will be crowned at a time to be determined.

In the Fatboy 10-Ball Invitational, one of the many satellite events happening alongside the main tournaments, three of the four semifinalists have been decided. Alex Pagulayan blasted past a hot-shooting Rodney Morris, 15-9; Stevie Moore outlasted Warren Kiamco in an often-sloppy late-night match on the TV table; and Francisco Bustamante followed up his opening win over Shane Van Boening with an easy win over Mike Dechaine.

The last semifinalist will be either John Morra, winner of the 9-ball banks division, and Shuff. Because of Shuff's performance in one-hole, the match has been postponed until an appropriate time can be found.