Corteza is runner-up at US Open 9-Ball-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
FROM 17th in 2011, Davao City-born Lee Vann Corteza returned to bag the runner-up honors after bowing to American Shane Van Boening, 10-13, in the finals of the 38th Annual US Open 9-Ball Championships at the Marriott Chesapeake-Norfolk Convention Center in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA on Monday, Manila time.
Van Boening pocketed $30,000 while Corteza settled for $15,000. The Filipino pool master, however, fought his way for a finals seat from the losers' bracket.
Corteza, who recently won the World Cup of Pool championship with Dennis Orcollo in London, posted on his Facebook timeline: "Congratulations to Shane Van Boening our 2013 US Open 9-Ball champion... had a great match with you buddy! A well-deserved win!"
It was Van Boening's third straight US Open title.
Van Boening paced the finals, 3-1, but Corteza survived a safety exchange to win the fifth frame.
But Corteza's break in the next frame allowed Van Boening to use a safety exchange that worked on his favor to regain his 4-2 lead. The Dabawenyo ace fouled giving the American a three-point advantage that was cut shortly after Corteza won the eighth rack.
A dry break by Corteza in the next frame, however, gave Van Boening an upper hand via a 4-9 combo. The latter stretched to a 7-4 lead after Corteza scratched on his break.
Van Boening capitalized on a series of Corteza errors to break away, 10-4.
When the American muffled on the 1-ball, Corteza cleared the table to still trail, 5-10. The China Open 2013 champion Corteza fouled on a Van Boening safety for the latter to take a commanding 11-5 lead.
The defending champion scratched on his breakthrough giving Corteza an opportunity to surge a rally, 8-11. The 19th frame saw the two finalists engaged in a series of safety exchanges but Van Boening prevailed to go up the hill. Corteza answered with two frames to close the gap, 10-12, but then his illegal break on the 23rd rack made the American wrap up the match.
Corteza demolished Niels Feijen of The Netherlands, 12-10, and Jason Shaw, 12-10, in the loss' side to arrange a showdown with Van Boening.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 22, 2013.