Parica Ekes Out Straight Pool Victory
Southern California Straight Pool 14.1 Tournament / Bellflower, CA
by Skip Maloney
Jose Parica staved off a finals comeback by Oscar Dominguez to defeat him twice and take first place in Breakball Promotions’ Southern California 14:1 Tournament the weekend of July 26-27. The $2,000-added event drew 45 entrants to the famous Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA.
The three races to 100 among the tournament’s final four on the winners’ side were decided by an average win of 70 balls. Parica dominated the two matches he played to reach the hot seat. He defeated Frank Almanza 100-51 to reach that hot seat match, as Dominguez reached with a 100-26 victory over Lorry DeLeon. Parica sent Dominguez to the semifinals, allowing him to sink only 13 balls.
On the one-loss side, Skip Miller advanced over Frank “The Barber” Almanza to face Lorry DeLeon, fresh off of besting Ernesto Dominguez, in the quarterfinals. DeLeon prevailed 75-70 and then fell to Oscar Dominguez 75-14 in the semifinals.
Parica and Dominguez battled back and forth with small runs that found them six points apart, Parica ahead 58-52, just shy of the halfway mark in the final race to 125. Parica, at that point, went on a 38-11 run that included a stretch over two straight racks (28 balls) that put him ahead 96-63. Dominguez fought back, though, with a 41-15 run of his own that brought him within seven balls at 111-104. Parica then went on to increase his lead by three more balls and was ahead by 10 at 119-109. Parica took two intentional fouls that dropped him back to 117, as Dominguez finally moved ahead of him for the first time by a single ball 118-117. Then, it was Dominguez’s turn for an intentional foul, which knotted the match at 117. With command of the table at that point, Parica closed it out with a final 8-ball run.
1st Jose Parica
2nd Oscar Dominguez
3rd Lorry DeLeon
4th Skip Miller
5th Ernesto Dominguez
7th Dennis Burman
9th Calvin Coker