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Van Boening Thrives in Predator 10-Ball Final
May 24, 2007, 11:30 AM

A week after being the prey in Dennis Orcollo's 7-0 victory in the final of the EnjoyPool.com 9-Ball Championship, Shane Van Boening displayed his killer instinct as he won the Predator 10-Ball World Championship in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday, May 27.

Squeezing out a tight 13-11 final against Cliff Joyner, Van Boening survived a 96-player field that was stacked with the world's best. The tournament format was double-elimination until 16 players remained, then it was one loss and done.

Once in the round of 16, Van Boening first dispatched Niels Feijen of the Netherlands by a comfortable 11-5 score. After handling Warren Kiamco, 11-4, Van Boening had a semifinal date with the man that blanked him in the EnjoyPool.com final just days ago.

The 23-year-old native of Souix Falls, N.D., edged Orcollo, 11-9, placing him in his second major final in as many weeks.

On the other side of the bracket, Cliff Joyner was living dangerously as he advanced. After beating Danny Harriman, 11-4, in the round of 16, Joyner had back to back hill-hill wins against Manuel Gama and Alex Pagulayan.

Van Boening dropped the first two games of the final before taking his first lead, 3-2. The players traded games, meeting at 9-9, 10-10 and 11-11. Not allowing Joyner to the hill, Van Boening took the last two racks, winning the title, 13-11. He pocketed $14,000 for his win, and Joyner took home $6,000.