Hohmann denies Gabica for world 9-ball crown
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino bet Antonio Gabica’s World 9-ball Championship conquest ended in a screeching halt as he succumbed to German ace Thorsten Hohmann, 7-13, in the Finals, Friday, September 13, at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.
Gabica first took the driver's seat as he led Hohmann after 10 racks, 6-4, but committed a huge error that ultimately cost him the match and the crown.
Up by two racks, the Filipino yielded to pressure and flubbed a shot on the five-ball in rack 11 – which the German pounced on en route to a searing 8-0 run to build a 12-4 advantage.
The 2007 South East Asian Games gold medalist Gabica – who bested Englishman Karl Boyes, 11-6, in the semifinals – made his last stand, albeit a little too late, as he took one back before Hohmann finished off the match in 20 racks.
“Thorsten [Hohmann] played very well and he’s very fit. As he got more lead on me, he got more confident. That’s the way it is in pool. But me, I started to feel the pressure,” Gabica told the World Pool-Billiard Association shortly after the game.
With the win, Hohmann takes home $36,000 and his second World 9-ball Championship title after 10 years. He joins Earl Strickland, Johnny Archer, and Chao Fong Pang in the list of multiple winners of the tournament.
“I’m really proud of myself. It means a lot to me,” Hohmann said. “If I had to choose between my first World 9-ball and here, I couldn’t make that decision because winning the first world championship back in Cardiff was incredible and to do it again 10 years later, I’m just speechless.” - Rappler.com