Efren Reyes, the acknowledged best One Pocket player in the world, was at Kolbys Corner Pocket in Tempe Arizona to play local superstar Scott Frost in an exciting challenge match for a $5000 purse. But in Scott’s home room, on his home table, Efren found he had his hands full. A crowd of over to 200 people gathered to watch The Freezer take on The Magician in a race to eight, and what a treat they were in for. This was put on by Eclipse Media promoter Mark Cantrill and live streamed over the internet, which attracted nearly 750 viewers for this great One Pocket match-up.
Frost jumped to an early lead of 3-0 with beautiful 8 and outs, capitalizing on any mistake Reyes made. Then Reyes took advantage when Frost left an opening and won the next 4 games to make it 4-3 in Reyes favor. The players ended up tied at 4-4 and the match went to a 30 minute break, fans were ecstatic as this was as close as it could be at the halfway mark.
The match see-sawed back and forth after the break with it going to 6-6 and then finally The Freezer took the hill 7-6 beating Reyes that rack with a score of 8-0. Reyes fought hard in the next rack, turning the break around and pulling ahead to the point that when Frost scratched he found himself needing all the balls with Reyes needing only one. However, Scott made a beautiful run down to his last ball until in his own words, he “dogged it,” which led to a tense battle of safeties for the remaining game ball. But the game and match ended when Reyes tried a bank and over hit it just enough to leave Scott a tough thin cut along the foot rail for the win and the crowd erupted in applause and screams.
The event was put on by Eclipse Media promoter Mark Cantrill and was sponsored by Kolbys Corner Pocket Billiards, Verve Energy Drink, Mo Money Pawn, Eagle Nationwide Mortgage, Wraps by Jeff Pranke and Albrecht Custom Cues. The live stream was put together by Lenny Marshall for viewers around the world live, and clips from this match-up can be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eclipsepool
Write-up courtesy of Lenny Marshall with a little editing by Steve Booth
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