Cory, I agree with your thinking. Although the bank on the 1 ball looks like a kiss to me. I don't think Shane will shoot the 3 ball if he gets the CB to the rail up there.There were two questions.
1. "WWYD?" From here, this is easy to answer: "sell out."
2. "WWED?" The kick/tickie safe is there, but seems likely to sell out the 3 or the 9. I count 15 balls on the table, so tapping the 15 and spotting a ball, while clever, doesn't work. Tom's shot (using the 14 to clear the 13 and 14) is clearly best if it goes, but it doesn't look like it goes to me (this would be a relatively straightforward WWYD if it does go). The 2-rail on the 2-ball doesn't look good, either. And I don't see anywhere good up table to lag the cue ball on an intentional foul.
When I've got a bunch of very tough options, I pick the one that sends a ball toward my pocket, which leads me to the bank on the one ball, sending the cue ball up to where Efren is standing.
I wonder if the reason Efren's standing right there to figure out the best place to put the CB? Efren's gotta be thinking that there's nowhere up there that he can put the CB where Shane won't shoot the 3-ball.
The kiss is definitely a risk on the 1, but you have the option to play it at the hole or at the 3. I think if I was down on the shot, I could see how to beat the kiss, or at least Efren could. I think this match was on a 10' table, so there's a little more room to work with than normal.Cory, I agree with your thinking. Although the bank on the 1 ball looks like a kiss to me. I don't think Shane will shoot the 3 ball if he gets the CB to the rail up there.
P.S. He could bank the 2 ball and try to go over and back ( close to a kiss also.)
I think he has to leave the cue ball frozen to the short rail, where his right hand is resting. With the 10 and 5 where they are, Shane might not want to go for the 3 ball. Efren can get there by following the 2 ball.
cory i too think there is a kiss on the 1 but i think if you dont play to make it you might be able to beat the kissI recall Shane shooting a long straight shot from frozen on the head rail. If he missed, he probably loses the game and if he makes it he gets 1 ball. He made it.
tom if shane could make the 8 im sure he would have shot itIt looks to me like he left SVB straight in on the eight ball. If the two balls are frozen is it correct that he can shoot straight though the shot in this tournament? And if he is allowed to shoot straight through, are there limitations to the stroke he uses?