by Ben Hudd • December 4, 2022
Europe were crowned the Mosconi Cup champions for the third year in succession on Saturday evening at Bally’s Resort and Casino in the heart of Las Vegas, defeating the USA 11-7 to continue their dominance.
The underdogs had started strongly on the opening day, as they did 12 months ago, and opened up a 3-1 advantage, although the European quality ultimately shone through as Alex Lely’s team lifted the prestigious slice of silverware.
Reigning World Pool Masters champion Joshua Filler received the MVP award after knocking in the winning nine ball by beating Tyler Styer in Saturday’s fourth match, having previously executed that same feat in 2017 and 2021.
Styer received his opportunities to extend the contest, ambitiously taking on a four-rail pocket on the eight ball in the seventh rack instead of opting for a routine safety shot.
Beforehand, two-time MVP Jayson Shaw came through a scrappy affair against world champion Shane van Boening, with both wasting numerous chances despite showing some glimpses of brilliance.
Wildcard David Alcaide proved that he belonged at the annual spectacle with a tremendous showing in beating USA vice-captain Skyler Woodward, battling back from 3-1 behind in a captivating match.
Alcaide had struggled in the fans choice doubles match alongside World Cup of Pool-winning teammate Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, with Woodward and Van Boening halving the overall deficit to 8-7.
Albin Ouschan was the only European player not to feature on the final day, although the Austrian played a crucial role in his team’s success, winning two of his three matches throughout the event.
The USA showed spirit across the week but it was the blue corner who were happier come the conclusion, with US Open champion Sanchez Ruiz notably enjoying a debut success.