Park Plays Perfect Pool in Parsippany
Predator 9-Ball Tour / Parsippany, NJ
A tough field of 50 players showed up at Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ, for the August 2-3 stop of the Predator 9-Ball Tour. Top players included Jeremy Sossei, Joey Korsiak, Carmen Lombardo, and Joey Kong, and it was Shin Park who walked away with the title.
In his first match Sunday, Park won 9-6 in a tough match against 2007 Ocean State champion Jeremy Sossei to set up the hot seat match against Tony Robles. Park was ahead the entire match, and at 8-6 with Park on the hill, Park missed a difficult 8 ball, making it 8-7. Robles then broke and ran out the next rack to make it hill-hill.
Park broke and pocketed two balls and had an easy out but surprisingly missed a routine 7 ball. The cue ball ended up behind the 9 ball, blocking the 7 ball. With the 7 ball in front of the pocket, Robles kicked the cue ball two rails to pocket the 7 and get perfect shape on the 8 to win the match.
Meanwhile, Jason Michas was battling it out on the next table against Sossei. The long match saw many missed shots and a number of safety battles, and at an hour and a half with the scored tied 4-4, the match was put on the clock. This seemed a difficult obstacle for Michas to overcome as Sossei closed the set 9-6.
This set up a rematch against Shin Park and Jeremy Sossei. Park took a commanding 8-1 lead, but Sossei showed a lot of heart and came back 8-6. A missed a combo by Sossei to make it 8-7 allowed Park to run out the rack for the 9-6 win and a chance for revenge against Robles.
The final was one-sided as Park played perfect until he was up 8-1. Robles fought back to 8-6 but missed his last three shots, and Shin closed the show 11-6.
1st Shin Park
2nd Tony Robles
3rd Jeremy Sossei
4th Jason Michas
5th Carmen Lombardo
7th Wayne Nicholson
9th Lionel Rivera