Tri-State Tour / Parsippany, NJ
by Skip Maloney
Brian Hunter made something of a habit of coming from behind in many of his matches on the Tri-State Tour’s February 21 stop. He ended up winning all of them to capture first place in the $500-added, B-D handicapped event, hosted by Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ, which drew 46 entrants.
Hunter and Justice Eagen moved into the hot seat match after identical 7-5 victories over Frank Scanlon and Naldo Trancoso. Eagen moved over to the semifinals on the heels of a 7-3 victory that left Hunter in the hot seat.
On the one-loss side, Bill Meima was on something of a roller coaster ride to meet Hunter in the finals. From among the event’s final 12, he squeaked by Mike Schloven in a hill- hill contest, defeated Guy Iannuzzi 7-2, and then dropped Trancoso into the tie for fifth place with a shut-out. Jim DeGiasafatto moved into the quarterfinals against Meima, following an 8-6 win over Pete Gallo, a 7-5 victory over Christian Smith, and his own shut-out victory against Scanlon. Meima advanced to the semifinals against Eagen with a 7-5 win over DeGiasafatto and to the finals against Hunter with a 7-5 victory over Eagen.
By the time the finals rolled around in the early hours of Sunday morning, the two competitors—Meima and Hunter—decided to split the first- and second-place prize monies but opted to play a race to 3 to determine who would take home the winning trophy. Hunter won all three games to bring home the hardware.
1st Brian Hunter $600
2nd Bill Meima $400
3rd Justice Eagen $200
4th Jim DeGiasafatto $150
5th Naldo Trancoso $100
7th Guy Iannuzzi $75
9th Mike Schloven $50