WILL COME TO BEAT THE KONG?
Joey Kong wins again at the North Jersey 14.1 Straight Pool
Pro/Am Quarterly. Out of the last three tournaments held thus
far in 2008, Joey has two first place finishes and one second
place finish. Joey, from the "hot seat", won the
finals with the help of a 41 ball run against Gerard Soriano.
This was not Joey's high run for the tournament. That was
a 52 ball run made while besting Carmen Lombardo 110 to 29.
Joey, only needing a one ball run to win the final match after
the miss that terminated his 41 ball run, which he made after
a missed shot by Gerard. The score of the final match was
110 to 73.
Gerard had just been moved up to a Skill Level 3, two matches
prior, after he ran 56 balls against Marc Vidal for that win,
and thus played Joey even in the finals with both players
going to 110 points.
Hall of Fame inductee Pat Fleming held on to Tournament High
Run distinction with a 61 ball run accomplished during a match
he won against Gerard, who ran 40 balls in that match. In
this match Pat, a skill level 2 player, had to score 130 points
while Gerard, playing prior to his promotion, only needed
to score 90 points. Pat won this match by the score of 130
Finishing in third place was Jason Michas, a skilled 9-baller
and competing here as a Skill Level 4 player, after loosing
to Gerard, who was now playing at Skill Level of 3. The match
was heavily contested, a real "scrapper" if you
will, with no real runs by Jason and only a 17 ball run by
Gerard. Pressure began to take effect on the quality of play,
filled with missed shots and scratches, as both players vied
for the final match-up against Joey Kong. Jason's high run
for the tournament was 27.
Finishing in fourth place was noted 9-ball player and all
around billiard aficionado, Marc Vidal. Marc playing in this
tournament for the first time, had been doing very well, and
on his way to a rematch with Joey Kong until his loss against
Gerard Soriano. No fault of Marc, but Gerard was able to step
up his game a notch to run 56 balls, besting Marc by a score
of 99 to 13. Gerard was penalize 9 points (10% of his match
game) for exceeding his ball run limit of 50 balls in that
match, which he elected to do, and was then moved up in Skill
Level on the very next match. Marc's high run for the tournament
was 43 balls, which was accomplished twice.
Other noted straight pool players in the event were Carmen
Lombardo with a high ball run of 34, not a good day for Carmen
who regularly runs in the 50's, Brian Cap with a 27 ball high
run, Tim Edmonds with a 21 ball high run, and Bill Horne,
another 50 ball runner, couldn't find his game, with only
a 17 ball high run.
This 3rd quarter event of the North Jersey 14.1 Straight Pool
Pro-Am Quarterly was held over the weekend of September 13th
and 14th at Comet Billiards, Parsippany, NJ. The final matched
was streamed live on Accu-stats.com from the Accu-stats OnLocation
arena in Comet Billiards.
The 4th quarter tournament will be held in the same location
at the end of this year on December 20th (and 21st if needed).
View final match online by selecting Comet Billiard tab and
then going to "Events" tab.