Dr. Bill, your statement starting with; 'In situations', exemplifies Dennis's approach and execution of his match with Tony! Beautifully stated!!!Excellent points Whitey. This position suggest that you find a shot that will protect your position or force your opponent to play passively allowing you back at the table to improve your position. This type of strategy is too often overlooked which in turn will cost him losing his position and possibly losing the game by allowing his opponent back at the table to turn the tables.
In situations where we are trying to force an offensive shot (like this one) that is risky and low percentage (think 11ball) try to look to do something simple that will protect your position and make your opponent work to keep in pace with you. This is the type of defense that too often is not recognized and the type of defense that has your opponent scratching his head and saying to himself " How can he keep beating me he doesn't do anything special" Players refer to that as a subtle strong move. patience is a virtue.
Banking the 11ball into the 3ball should be an option, this shot looks to improve your position with little risk but the upside is more than enough to choose this option. Any other shot off the 11ball is asking for trouble.
There was many a time where Dennis could of done an offensive shot but chose to maintain his position with defense. After contemplating this match I concluded that Tony needs a defensive minded coach in his corner, Dr. Bill! Whitey