The semifinal round of the US Open One Pocket Championship would determine who would move on to the finals to take on the hot seat occupant Dennis Orcollo…and who would have to pack their cues and settle for third place.
At 6pm on Saturday, July 20, the semifinal face-off between Corey Deuel and Carlo Biado got underway…in a match that would test the patience and nerves of both players. While Deuel is a seasoned one pocket mechanic, Biado, who hails from the Philippines, only recently got started in the game over the last few months.
The factors of experience and knowledge of the game proved to play a key role in this match. Early on in the race to three, both players struggled to get comfortable and gain momentum…but Deuel had the edge of seasoning on his side. However, Biado’s shotmaking consistency and perseverance kept him in the match.
The opening rack went to Deuel, but in the second rack, an open bank shot gave Biado the opportunity to take control and tie the match at 1-1. The third rack was an epic power struggle that lasted over an hour. While Deuel had a strong lead in ball count (6 to -3), he made an error that gave Biado an opening to run six balls and get in the match. But, an attempted safety from Biado failed, and he left Deuel a back cut into his pocket, and natural position to pocket his final ball to take a 2-1 lead. Biado controlled the next rack, and rather quickly finished it with a 8-0 ball count to tie the match 2-2. The match-deciding game also ended in a timely fashion… as Biado made a fatal error in allowing Deuel an open bank to run out for the win.
Corey Deuel will now have another shot to take on Dennis Orcollo in the final…which will be a rematch from their previous meeting in winner’s side final. The final match will be one race to five games, and it will take place this evening, Sunday, July 21.
The time of the match is yet to be announced, watch the NYC Grind Facebook page for the announcement of the match time. The match will be available to watch via PPV live stream from TheActionReport.com.
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