Bustamante Busts the Blaze Billiard Tour
Blaze 9-Ball Tour / Brooklyn, NY
Francisco Bustamante stole the show at the Blaze 9-Ball Tour’s Annual NYC Championships August 24. Hosted by Skyline Billiards in Brooklyn, NY, this event attracted a field of 61 pool stars from all over the world.
With the field peppered with players such as Johnny Archer, Manny Chau, Mike Davis, Shaun Wilkie, and Alan Rolan, it was difficult to pick a champion, but last event’s winner, Mika Immonen, blazed through the top half of the bracket with wins over Alex Gilvarg 9-1, Ray Lee 9-0, Mhet Vergara 9-2, Bustamante 9-7, and Davis 9-7. Chau, last event’s runner-up, led the bottom half, notching victories over Ariel Rivera 9-1, Kevin Coyle 9-3, Mike Fingers 9-1, Mike Dechaine 9-5, and Chavez 9-3.
In a replay of the August 11 event’s final match, Immonen and Chau met to play for the hot seat. However, in a different outcome, Chau easily won the match 9-5 to send Immonen to the semifinal match. There he met Bustamante, whom he had earlier defeated. A motivated Bustamante stormed through Immonen 7-1 to reach the finals. In the single race-to-9 finals, Bustamante held on to his momentum and handily defeated Chau 9-4.
1st Francisco Bustamante
2nd Manny Chau
3rd Mika Immonen
4th Mike Davis
7th Alan Rolan
9th Wali Mahammad