Cintron Cashes Fourth Tri-State Win
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
by Skip Maloney
The Tri-State Tour, which has seen 17 different players take home the first-place prize during its 22-stop season this year, has had only one player win more than twice. Danny Cintron won his third stop on the tour early in November and chalked up his fourth win December 21. The $750-added, A-D handicapped 10-ball event drew 32 entrants to The Sand Castle in Edison, NJ.
Cintron’s final three steps began with a 7-4 win over John Alicea, as Keith Adamik was handily dispatching Joe Varvaro to the one-loss side 7-1. Cintron gained the hot seat with a 7-5 win over Adamik and awaited his return, which, thanks to a strong performance by Robert Kight from the one-loss side, almost didn’t happen.
Kight had been defeated in the opening round of play by Ben Sadowski and then went on a seven-match winning streak that propelled him into the semifinals versus Adamik. Kight’s final five-match journey to those semifinals involved two back-to-back, hill-hill wins versus Mark Pantovic and Stewart Warnock, a 7-5 win over Varvaro, and another double-hill win in the quarterfinals against Alicea. This impressive run of hard-fought wins ended when Adamik prevailed in the semifinals 7-5.
With an extended format finals in place, Adamik forced an extension to 9 games when he went ahead 7-5. Cintron, though, ended it right there, winning four in a row and capturing the first-place prize.
1st Danny Cintron $730
2nd Keith Adamik $440
3rd Robert Kight $250
4th John Alicea $130
5th Beau Baer $80
7th Ben Sadowski $60
9th Mike Harrington
and two, 7-5 wins over Varvaro and, in the quarterfinals, Alicea.