Simonetti Survives on Tri-State Billiard Stop
Tri-State Tour / Queens, NY
by Skip Maloney
Scott Simonetti withstood a pair of hill-hill challenges to take first place in the Tri-State Tour stop November 29. The $500-added, A-D handicapped event drew 28 entrants to Break, Bar and Billiards in Astoria, Queens.
From among the final four on the winners’ side, Simonetti’s first double-hill challenge came from the cue of Danny Cintron, who was looking for his fourth win on the tour. Once past Cintron, Simonetti moved into the hot seat match against Aja Cycak, who’d sent Tony Iglesias west with a hill-hill victory of her own. In the handicapped format, Cycak started the match with a 3-0 lead. She added only two racks to that lead, as Simonetti gained the hot seat 8-5.
On the one-loss side, Adam Kosmin and Arturo Reyes dropped the contenders from the winners’ side final four into a tie for fifth place and faced each other in the quarterfinals. It was Kosmin advancing 8-6 to meet Cycak in the semifinals where once again an opening handicap advantage for her (in this case, two racks) failed to stem the tide of a surging Kosmin, who moved into the finals against Simonetti with an 8-3 victory.
Kosmin began the extension-format finals with a single-rack advantage and the need to reach seven racks first to extend the match to nine games. After some back-and-forth play, Simonetti advanced to 5-3 lead, but Kosmin battled back to tie it again and reached the hill first. Simonetti then made it hill-hill and ended it to take top honors.
1st Scott Simonetti $580
2nd Adam Kosmin $290
3rd Aja Cycak $170
4th Arturo Reyes $100
5th Danny Cintron $60
7th Andrew Kane
9th Alex Borukhovich
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