Cambodian Express’ Throng Piabi (Blue One Resort) won the second championship of the season and the fourth in the career of professional billiards.
On the 7th, at the Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Piabi won Kim Bo-mi (NH Nonghyup Card) in the final of the 8th round of the 2022-23 professional billiards LPBA tour’Crown Haitai LPBA Championship 2023’ held at the Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, with a set score of 4-3 (4-3) after a full set match. 11 11-7 11-10 11-0 2-11 4-11 9-3).
With this, Piabi won her second championship this season following the first round of the ‘Gyeongju Blue One La Resort PBA Championship’. In addition, she won her 4th LPBA career victory, closely chasing Kim Ga-young and Lim Jeong-suk’s record of most wins (5 soong) by one win. The winning prize is 20 million won. 안전놀이터
Piabi, who has made a name for herself as the strongest female 3-cushion player since the days of Ama, suffered a slump to the extent that she could not even make it to the semifinals after winning the first game of the season and runner-up in the second game. She proved her mettle, however, by rising to the top again in this competition.
On the other hand, Kim Bo-mi, who had reached the semifinals 7 times before but failed to cross the threshold of the finals each time, reached the finals after challenging ‘7 matches, 8th period’, but failed to establish a relationship until the championship. Piabi and Kim Bo-mi faced each other twice on the LPBA stage, and Piabi won both.
The start was good for Kim Bo-mi. Kim Bo-mi, who burst into tears after winning the semifinal match, calmly accumulated points in the first set of the final match. In particular, in the 4th and 5th innings, behind 2-4, he scored 3 points each, including a bank shot (2 points), overturning the game. While Piabi only had 3 consecutive empty hits from the 4th inning, Kim Bo-mi added 3 runs in 7 innings to finish his first set.
Piabi immediately counterattacked in the second set. Piabi’s concentration took the lead at the last minute in a scuffle that went up to 15 innings. Piabi, who trailed 4-7 by 12 innings, drove in 4 points, including a bank shot in 14 innings, following 1 run in 13 innings. In the end, he added 2 runs in 15 innings to put an end to the game. Kim Bo-mi had a golden opportunity to win the second set following the first set. However, he finally allowed a comeback after falling into a swamp of 5 consecutive empty hits from the 10th inning.
In the set score 1-1 tie, the 3rd set was the biggest match. A slugfest unfolded in which the two players almost scored points. Both players were tight at 10-10 until the 7th inning. However, while Bo-mi Kim, who went first in 8 innings, only hit empty, Piabi filled up the last one and won the 3rd set dramatically.
Piabi, who gained confidence with a close victory in the third set, scored 11 points in just two innings in the fourth set. He scored 7 high runs in the first inning, followed by 4 runs in the second inning. Kim Bo-mi, who stopped hitting the ball after one inning, gave up 4 sets without even trying to hit the ball properly.
Driven to the edge of a cliff, Kim Bo-mi did not back down. He recovered one set by filling in 11 runs in just five innings in the fifth set. By scoring points every inning, including 4 high runs in 2 innings, the embers that had been extinguished were revived.
The 6th set was also Kim Bo-mi’s set. Piabi scored 4 runs in the first inning, but after that, he only hit 5 runs in a row. In the meantime, Kim Bo-mi scored every multi-run from 1 to 6 innings except for 3 innings. In the end, he won 11-4 in 6 innings and took the game to the final 7 sets.
Piabi was the last person to laugh in the 7th set, which was won by winning 9 points first. The situation where both players slightly missed the ball was repeated. However, it was Piabi who was less shaken psychologically. While Kim Bo-mi kept repeating her mistakes, Piabi finished the game with a two-run one-bank shot in the 9th inning leading 7-3.
The moment the victory was confirmed as the bank shot went in, Pia Bi knelt down and stretched out her arms and enjoyed the joy. On the other hand, Kim Bo-mi, who played a great game until the end, had to soothe her disappointment with a bitter smile.