If Crane can win this game he will then have the break in the next game to tie the match. I like playing the 3ball, especially if I can go into the 8ball with the cue ball. Looks to me he can stretch and spin it in.The outside english will lengthen the cue ball and the cue ball should clip the 8ball. If the angle on the 3ball is too steep of one, then I would bank the 12ball into the high side of the 6ball and try to freeze the cue ball in the stack.
Tyler's shot, cutting the 3ball and going into the 1ball limits his ball running production. Imo. If the angle suggest that ...I can't clip the 8ball... then I wouldn't shoot the 3ball, I would try to develop a stronger position by banking the 12ball. Looks to me that the 8-7 combination is laying a little high, which would influence me more to bank the 12ball.
The angle doesnt look good to bank the 12 and freeze to the rack.
I would shoot the 3 and play to hit the 8. If I miss the 8 and go up table there are two balls on the side rail to play the qb off to get below the 7/8.
At first glance the 3 ball looks like the shot but... If you cut the 3 ball and try to go into the 1 ball and miss (which happens quite often on this shot after the break)you might go all the way around the table and not hit anything and you could find yourself in real trouble. If you cut the 3 ball in and try to hit the 8 ball, if you hit the top of the 8 ball you will probably not only make a ball for your opponent but the cueball will slide up the side rail and there a good possibility of not being able to make another ball. I would bank the 12 ball into the balls underneath the stack and freeze the cueball in the stack.