Styer up to the table and breaks dry. Overall, poor breaking on both sides in this match. Gets a fortunate leave with no open shot on the 1, forces the push out from Europe. Albin leaves Reinhold a shot he likes, a kick shot that can only be described as okay. Europe with a blind cut opportunity on the 1 down the table. Kaci gets down and shoots an uninspiring defense. Styer has a chance here. Sinks the 1 but forced to make contact with other balls and leaves the cue precariously in the bottom corner pocket, with a shot down table on the 2 in the corner. Reinhold plays conservatively and banks the 2 down table and successfully hides it.
Albin forced to take a tough kick and makes good contact, but doesn’t hit it hard enough and leaves a good shot on the 2 for Styer. Reinhold plays a deceivingly difficult shot on the 3, perfect leave on the 4, only for Styer to overthink it into a snooker behind the 6 ball. Reinhold elects for the kick as opposed to the jump, leaves the 5 open, and it looks like it’s Europe’s rack.
And then Kaci flubs the 5, missing by half a Diamond on an easy shot in the corner! Commentators letting him have it, he’s really struggling out there. Fortunate leave though and Styer forced either a thin cut or kick on the 5. We get an incredible shot by Tyler, hiding the cue on his kick shot and forcing Albin to take a difficult kick of his own. He could, USA takes ball in hand, and hard to see them losing the rack here.
Connect the dots pool with only a nervy shot on the 8 down table for Styer, and he bangs it in, and USA gets on the hill to 4-2.