TEACHES AMS A LEASON OR TWO
Veteran 14.1 pro Ed Hodan, a straight pool champion in both
States of New Jersey and Maryland, came from the one loss
side, on the weekend of March 28th and 29th, to win the first
North Jersey Straight Pool Pro/Am Quarterly of 2009 with decisive
victories over Gerard Soriano, Jason Michas, and Carmen Lombardo.
In the final match, Ed defeated a strong amateur player, Gerard
Soriano, by the score of 200 to 64. Ed’s one loss was
from an early match against Jason Michas who managed to maintain
control of the table and capitalize from every opportunity
acquired from uncharacteristic misses made by Ed. But Ed managed
to compose himself after that match and began playing like
the true straight pool artisan that he is, not letting any
other opponent get near their needed match points.
The final match between Ed and Gerard started out as a double
elimination final, however with the players’ consent
it was modified to an extended single elimination match. On
the outset of the final match, Gerard would only need to score
110 points before Ed got to his 150 match points – Ed
got to his match point total first so the match points were
extended for both players with Ed now needing to get 200 points
and Gerard needing 145 points for the championship. During
this final match, Ed ran 29 balls to get an early and uncontested
lead. Ed also had a 77 ball run in this match, which was tournament
high run, and a “53 and out” for the victory.
Gerard was not able to get his game in gear during this final
match even though he had numerous opportunities; and having
respectable ball runs in other matches, had the ability to
have won when given those opportunities.
In earlier matches, Gerard ran 53 balls during the “hot
seat” match against Jason Michas, defeating Jason by
the score of 110 to 27. Gerard also had a 57 ball run in his
defeat of Carmen Lombardo. Ed Hodan had 19 runs during the
two-day event, all over 20 balls and with a notable 63 ball
run in his victory over Jason Michas who finished in third
place and a 61 ball run against John McCole who finish in
5th /6th place along with Tim Edmonds.
John McCole, who plays at skill level 2 (one position below
Pro Ed Hodan), also managed to get some decent ball runs during
his first participation in the North Jersey 14.1 Pro-Am Quarterly.
John had back to back balls runs of 42 and 30 in his victory
over Ted Williams, a 38 ball run against Tim Edmonds, and
a 29 ball run in his first round match against Ed Hodan, which
lasted more then 3 hours. Ed won that battle by the score
of 150 to 80.
Player statistics and tournament flow chart for this tournament
and prior events, and tournament info can be viewed at www.NorthJerseyStraightPoolProAm.com.
For those who are interested in playing in a North Jersey
14.1 Straight Pool Pr-Am Quarterly event please contact tournament
Producer/Director Scott Abramowitz at 973-736-3435 or send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The three final matches where all taped and streamed live
from the Accu-stats OnLocation arena located at Comet Billiards,
Parsippany, NJ. These matches can be viewed for free via “ustream”
on the Accu-stats web site and high quality DVDs can be purchased
from Accu-stats. The DVDs are an excellent learning tool for
both beginner and experienced straight pool player. Each match
has instructive commentary by Hall of Fame inductee Pat Fleming
and with guest commentary by Carswell (Cosmo) Ransome during
the final match. DVDs are for sale at $20 each and $50 for
all three DVDs. Call Pat Fleming at Accu-stats or call Scott
Abramowitz at SDA Productions if you are interested in obtaining
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