Bongers wins having one foot in the grave already

Amazing comeback by young German

Sarajevo,  Bosnia &  Hercegovina:   In  an  exciting and thrilling encounter, Tobias Bongers (GER)  came from behind and vanquished Tian Zhang  (SWE) with 100:95. In short: Zhang was  the better  player  over a long period in the match.  He committed  less  mistakes   than  Bongers  and  played  rock  solid  while  Bongers missed  some  important  and  easy  shots.  But his nerves might  have played a trick  on  him. Being  in  the  lead  with  95:72,  Zhang  found himself  with  the  balls   spread  open  on  the table  after  a  break  shot  but  no  easy  shot  in front of him. He carefully  examined the layout and  went  for  a  tough  shot  –  and  missed  it. That  brought  Bongers back  to  the  table.  He was about  to put  a  spoke  in  Zhang’s  wheel. At  that  point  in  time,  one  would  not  have thought  that  Bongers  would  be  able  to  keep  himself  together  and  run  the needed  balls.  But  Bongers  surprised the  crowd.  He  rose  to  the  occasion and made  no  more mistake,  eliminating  Zhang  with  100:95  from  the  straight  pool competition.

Tobias Bongers (GER)

Tobias Bongers (GER)

Other notable results  in the junior’s single elimination include Sven Hagen (GER) defeating Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) surprisingly  clear with 100:53. Hagen then  went  on  and  also  eliminated  Bosnia’s  biggest  hope Alen  Muratovic  with 100:61.  „The  dark  horse“  Berk  Mehmetcik  (TNC) is also  still  on  track,  beating Daniel Schneider (SUI) with 100:62.

In  the pupil’s division,  Maksim Dudanets (RUS) extinguished all hopes of defending Champion Raphael Wahl (GER) with 75:44. The  Dynamic Billard EPBF European Championships Youth  will commence  tomorrow  morning  at  09:00  CET  with the  10-ball  competition.  The straight pool quarter-finals will be played at 16:30 CET with the semis and finals
to follow right after.
The  event  is  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website or contact our press office.