I missed the first day of TAR 35 featuring Dennis Orcollo vs Shane Van Boening because I am, like many of you, A Working Stiff.
The tally for Day 1 stood thusly: Shane Van Boening 35, Dennis Orcollo WTF. (Okay, Dennis had 19.)
But, seriously — I did not expect the gap between Mr. Orcollo (considered by many to be the top money player in the world for 10-ball) and Mr. Van Boening to be an astounding sixteen games. It was true Mr. Van Boening had home-field advantage, but I did not think it would be worth sixteen games out of the first 35. Did you?
Well, at least I could watch Day 2. If there was ever a moment for a magnificent comeback, it would be now (so I could watch it in person, of course).
Prior to Day 2, I had discussed the situation with a friend of mine, someone who had excellent knowledge of pool, pool players, and betting. He, too, was suprised at the significant gap after Day 1. I asked him for his Day 2 prediction. His prediction: Mr. Orcollo would greatly reduce the gap (or close it completely) and go into Day 3 en fuego and en route to winning the whole thing.
Mr. Van Boening opened Day 2 with a two-pack.
Picture says it all.
Mr. Orcollo had his moments where we held our breaths wondering if some 12-pack run was imminent…
…but ultimately, they did not come to pass, and Mr. Van Boening and was relentless throughout
I have never had the chance to watch Mr. Orcollo play a long set up close. I missed his all-around match (TAR29) with Mr. Van Boening last year, and prior to that, the only time I saw him play up close was this year’s Jay Swanson Memorial tournament final (in which he played very well on 4″ pockets). In the studio, I had the best chance to see how he played. He played well, but his scratches on the break and dry breaks threw monkey wrenches into the plans of any rack-stringing.
|Once table control was relinquished to Mr. Van Boening, he was liable to win three, four, or five games before giving Mr. Orcollo another chance. Momentum was definitely on the side of Mr. Van Boening.|
|Even my phone’s predictive text eventually recognized Mr. Van Boening’s propensity to break and run.|
|This match was one of the very few TAR match where 99% of my updates focused solely on the games themselves. I had no need for witty filler. The match was just that good. When asked to describe the match, I said, “Ten-ball clinic.”|
When the dust settled at 70-46, Mr. Van Boening had stretched his lead from 16 games the day before, to 24.
I did not expect this. At worst, I thought Mr. Orcollo would hold steady at a 16-game deficit.
|Later on, I discussed the outcome of the match with my knowledgeable friend who was traveling through sketchy cell reception territory. He said Mr. Orcollo could wage a comeback on the third day–with divine intervention.|
Mr. Orcollo went into Day 3 of TAR35 with the largest difference of games in TAR match history: 24 games. Mr. Van Boening needed 30 games while Mr. Orcollo needed 54. Mr. Orcollo would need to outscore Mr. Van Boening 2 to 1 to win.
Mr. Van Boening started the day off with a two-pack again and maintained his regular break-and-runs. For him, really, all he had to do was maintain a lead. A 24-game spot to a fellow professional is, well, tough to outrun.
|This is Mr. Orcollo’s thinking pose when he has to consider a difficult situation.|
Mr. Orcullo seemed to have better control of the break today, and broke and ran more often. He also made some amazing shots.
I felt like I saw more safety play today and some of the safes were just eye-opening to a hack like me.
I believe this match did not allow jump cues.
Mr. Orcollo is one of the best I have ever seen when it comes to jumping with a full cue.
At halftime, Mr. Van Boening’s lead had “reduced” to a still considerable 16 games.
The two of them obviously impatient to continue during the halftime break.
Mr. Orcollo played stronger on the third day, outscoring Mr. Van Boening 35-30 in total games won.
In the end, Mr. Van Boening prevailed with a score of 100-81, a difference of 19 games. Mr. Orcollo, with absolutely no cushion, needed to play almost perfect to win. Unfortunately, dry breaks, scratch breaks, and the hook here and there (sometimes self-inflicted) had too big of an effect and Mr. Van Boening, despite looking rather melancholy at times, won with a comfortable margin, his final rack being — of course — a break and run.
I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know, or suspect, but here goes.
By the way, absolutely fantastic stats on this match may be found at Pool-Trax.net. Do take a look. Numbers tell a great story. The crux of it all: Shane Van Boening broke and ran 41% of the time while Dennis Orcollo broke and ran 25.9% of the time.
I think Mr. Van Boening is well-nigh unbeatable on TAR’s table. His break–which must be programmed into the very air he breathes at this point–is his greatest asset in 10-ball. We have seen his break lead him to victory over Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan back in TAR21 (2011) when the pockets were just 4-1/8″. Now at 4-1/2″, the pockets make Mr. Van Boening’s 10-ball game seem like 7-ball every time. The Magic Ball Rack is also a contributor as standardization allows for exploitation of consistency, and you can see Mr. Van Boening exploit that sh#t to the hilt.
This is the same old song I have been singing off-key for sometime now. But, that’s cool. This match was one of the best TAR matches I have ever seen. While Mr. Van Boening’s break is… Mr. Van Boening’s break, I found that I learned a great deal watching how Mr. Orcollo played position.
I am curious to see how this match would play out again NOT on TAR’s table.
And yes, they both wore the same shirt all three days of the match.
I will buy this match when it becomes available through TAR On Demand and I highly recommend you do the same.
I have heard rumblings Mr. Van Boening may play one or more of the young Taiwanese champions who will soon be visiting the United States for the BCAPL events in July. I really hope that happens. I have my tent, bonfire supplies, marshmallows, and a 55-gallon drum of RedBull (which I hate) ready.
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