Abraham Tackles West Hampton
Blaze 9-Ball Tour / West Hampton, NY
by Rick Davis
A robust 48-player field came to Raxx Bar and Grill in West Hampton, NY, for the Blaze 9-Ball Tour’s latest event over the April 21-22 weekend. Tearing through the competition was Eddie Abraham, who walked away with the event undefeated.
On the winners’ side Abraham met up with 19-year-old Adam Kielar in the hot seat match and defeated him by a respectable 7-4 score. On the one-loss side the remaining competitors were slowly fading away. Tournament regular and multi-time event winner Shin Park stormed past Thomas Wan 6-3 then eliminated Mike Fingers 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. At the same time, Santos Sambajon Jr. was on a run, knocking out Matt Krah 6-3 and Al Lapena 6-4. In the quarterfinals Sambajon Jr. ousted Park 6-4. Now on the verge of a great comeback, Sambajon Jr. eliminated Kielar double-hill in the semifinals after he missed the 9 ball.
With the finals set to play between Sambajon Jr. and Abraham, the players decided to split the payout with Abraham taking the first-place title. It seemed that with the true double-elimination format Sambajon Jr. did not want to risk the loss, and Abraham also was not confident in his requirement of another match win.
1st Eddie Abraham
2nd Santos Sambajon Jr.
3rd Adam Kielar
4th Shin Park
5th Mike Fingers
7th Matt Krah