Eight Set to Return in Turning Stone Classic

Eight Set to Return in Turning Stone Classic
Turning Stone Classic XI / Verona, NY

by InsidePOOL Staff

Raj Hundal is one the final eight billiards players returning Sunday at the Turning Stone Classic XI in Verona, NY.

Raj "The Hitman" Hundal is one the final eight billiards players returning Sunday at the Turning Stone Classic XI in Verona, NY.

The axe has fallen for all but eight fine players at the Turning Stone Classic XI, hosted by the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. This four-day event will end tomorrow, with one player taking the lion’s share of the $25,000-added purse.

In the winners’-bracket matches, four remain. The UK’s Raj “Hitman” Hundal is dealing death blows to his opponents left and right. After besting Greg Atonakas 9-4, Raj Hundal went on to defeat Ronnie Wiseman by the same score. Hundal will face Francisco Bustamante in Sunday’s rounds to see who advances to the hot seat match. Bustamante has been on a tear—the closest his opponents have come has been putting up five racks to his nine. In his last match of the evening, Bustamante sent frequent Joss Tour winner Dennis Hatch west 9-5.

Charlie Williams, fresh off his Lucasi Hybrid win in Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago, did the near-impossible by sending Shane Van Boening to the one-loss side 9-6. Williams’ first opponent Sunday will be recent EnjoyPool.com winner Jeremy “Double J” Jones, who defeated Shaun Wilkie 9-6.

Tony Crosby, who suffered a second-round loss earlier in the tournament, finally succumbed when he met Van Boening in the one-loss side. In the last round of the evening, Van Boening eliminated Crosby 9-5 and will advance to play Steve Moore, who had an illustrious day Saturday. He started off by ousting lone female Karen Corr 9-4, went on to eliminate Chris Szuter 9-4, and then fought to double-hill with Wilkie before winning 9-8.

View the Turning Stone Classic tournament brackets      Bracket is updated round by round

Defending champion Johnny Archer has had a long road ahead after his loss to Hatch Saturday but still remains standing. He bested Dave Fernandez 9-3 and Shawn Putnam 9-4 before meeting up with Wiseman. In this rematch of their semifinal match in the EnjoyPool.com 9-Ball Championships, Archer wreaked revenge to win 9-6 and advances to Sunday’s rounds. He will play Jonathan “Hennessee From Tennessee” Pinegar, who also had a long day in the one-loss side bracket. After eliminating Mike Badsteubner 9-6, Pinegar ousted tournament director Mike Zuglan 9-4 and then had a tough battle with Hatch, winning 9-7.

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