Kight Stops Schwartz at Castle Billiards
Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
by Skip Maloney, InsidePOOL Staff
Robert Kight twice came within a game of falling to a one-loss side challenge by Jason Schwartz but hung on to win the Tri-State Tour stop on October 11. The $500-added, B-C-D-handicapped event drew 34 entrants to Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.
Kight opened his three-game finish to the final victory with a hill-hill win over Ryan McCarthy, as James DeGiosafatto won his own double-hill battle against Rhio Anne Flores. Kight and DeGiosafatto squared off in the hot seat match, which advanced Kight to the potential for an undefeated day and moved DeGiosafatto west for the semifinals.
Schwartz, in the meantime, who’d been moved to the one-loss side in his third match, was on his way back. After besting McCarthy in the quarterfinals 7-3, he then dropped DeGiosafatto into third place 7-3 and moved into the finals against Kight. Schwartz reached the hill first, but Kight fought back to knot it. On the subsequent break, Kight failed to make a ball and left the 9 ball hanging by a thread in a corner pocket. Schwartz took advantage, playing the 1-9 combination that put him up 7-6, forcing a match extension to nine games.
On the next break, Schwartz duplicated Kight’s hung 9 ball scenario but made a ball on the break. He played his second straight 1-9 combination and was suddenly poised on the hill to grab the victory, but Kight fought back to take the next three racks and win it.
|Rhio Anne Flores|