Tri-State Tour / Queens, NY
by Skip Maloney
Arturo Reyes joined the growing ranks of separate winners on the Tri-State Tour with a victory January 4. Reyes joined 31 entrants on hand at Master Billiards in Queens, NY for the $1,000-added, B-D handicapped event.
He began his final drive among the winners’ side final four with a 7-2 win over Mike Panzarella as Chris Luethi was dispatching Emily Duddy to the one-loss side with a 7-5 victory. Reyes gained the hot seat with a 7-3 win over Luethi, who’d return to face him in the finals.
Jose Cruz and David Jusis were waiting for Panzarella and Duddy on the one-loss side. From among the final 12, Cruz and Jusis had tallied identical 7-5 wins over Mike Harrington and Dmitry Rozenfeld, respectively, to meet Ryan McCarthy and Alex Borukhovich. Cruz survived a double-hill struggle against McCarthy to face Panzarella as Jusis defeated Borukhovich 6-2 to meet Duddy. Panzarella dropped Cruz into the tie for fifth place 7-3 as Duddy advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-2 win over Jusis.
In a closely contested quarterfinal match, Panzarella defeated Duddy 7-6 and then fell to Luethi 7-5 in the semifinals. Luethi had his second chance at Reyes.
In the extended-finals format, Luethi needed to reach seven wins to extend the match to nine games and as the B+-handicapped player, he was giving Reyes a game at the start. Reyes added to that single game in hand and was ahead 5-2 before Luethi responded to tie it. It was as close as Luethis got. Reyes responded with two racks in a row and rang in the New Year’s first weekend with a first-place prize.
1st Arturo Reyes $775
2nd Chris Luethi $460
3rd Mike Panzarella $260
4th Emily Duddy $150
5th David Jusis $100
7th Ryan McCarthy $70
9th Mike Harrington