Josh is on a run here and has gone from -1 to even up the ball count at 4-4. He's made the 11 from Dennis' side of the table into his own pocket to get to 5 balls and then made a two rail bank to make it 6-4. He sends a ball downtable and leaves Dennis into the 3 balls left on the stack.
Josh sends the 8 ball one rail down table and leaves the cb for DO near the side pocket on Dennis' side of the table. There are two balls there but they're laying in a way that makes the one rail bank to DO's side impossible. Dennis two rails a ball down table and leaves Josh on the 4.
Josh plays the long rail bank on the nine and doesn't quite get it close enough to his pocket leaving DO downtable. Dennis eyes the long cross corner but instead elects to one rail the 11 down by his hole. Josh attempts to cross bank the 11 out of Dennis' hole, but it double kisses and while it does get out of the hole and both balls go down table, Dennis is left with an awkward back cut on the 11 that he seems to be eyeing up.
DO plays the back cut and makes it with shape on the 4 in his pocket and at least one more ball. DO's height comes into play and he adds an extension. Dennis ties up the ball count 6-6 with an open shot and a chance to close it all out with a long rail bank to follow it up.
Dennis cinches the straight in shot and plays shape to cross bank the 6 one rail to his pocket. He overcuts it and Josh knocks it two rails back downtable. DO thins the 6 but doesn't get it close enough to his hole and Josh elects to pocket a ball down table leaving the cb in the pocket.
Dennis hits the 6 and josh sends the 8 ball down table. / I lost track of some shots there as they're trading back and forth pretty fast but now DO is shooting at the six from just above the string on Josh's side of the table and chooses to one rail the 6 to his side of the table and the leave the cb on the pocket side of the table.
Josh 3 rails the 8 and almost makes it and dennis knocks it out of josh's hole two rails back up table to his side leaving the cb in josh's ppocket. Josh sends the cb up table knocking the 8 into the 6 and leaving the cb and the 6 and 8 downtable with no easy shot.
Dennis banks the 6 back and forth keeping it on his side of the table and sending the cb down towards Josh's pocket.
Josh sends the cb back down table hitting the 6 almost parallel with the 8 and cb leaving Dennis with no easy shot again.
Dennis gets down and up again several times before deciding to send the 6 against the rail and the cb straight across to Josh's side of the table.
Josh is eyeing up his choices and decides to attempt a two rail on the 6 and comes a couple of inches from making it and it comes to rest on the back rail.
Dennis Shoots the 6 out two rails leaving the cb by Josh's pocket. Josh plays a one rail bank and makes it to get to 7 balls and then one rails the 8 ball towards his hole.
Dennis one rails the 8 back to his side of the table and leaves the cb. Josh cross banks the 8 to his side of the table sitting in the far pocket and Dennis thins the 8 leaving the cb next to it.
Josh thins the 8 and sends the cb away a couple of feet and Dennis makes the 8 attempting to titty hook Josh.
Josh is forced to slightly masse, cross bank the 8 but only sends it half way towards his pocket.
Dennis attempts to two rail the 8 and barely comes up short.
Josh one rails the 8 up table to his side of the table 3/4 of the way to the first diamond. Dennis two rails it at his pocket but comes up short.
Josh banks it out but leaves Dennis a tough one railer.
If Dennis goes for it, it might be hard to control whitey and he could sell out a cross bank.
He misses the shot but puts the 8 by his hole and does control whitey.
Josh plays a 3 railer away from Dennis' hole and gets a little close.
Dennis banks the 8 up table by the hole on his side of the table and Josh elects to pocket it and leave the cb on the rail.
11AM Central Thursday!!
48th annual Texas Open 9 Ball championships.
One Pocket Division.
Shane Vanboening vs Tony Chohan
Race to 4 to see who moves to the semi finals vs Josh Roberts.
Dennis Orcollo has the Hotseat and waits to play in the finals.
Lot of cash riding on these matches now.