McCarthy Bags Billiard Title

Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ

by Skip Maloney

Ryan McCarthy put together a string of ten victories in a row, battling back from the one-loss side, to capture the first-place prize and a Lucasi cue on the January 31 Tri-State Tour stop. The $750-added, B-D handicapped event drew 40 entrants to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.

McCarthyʼs opponent in the finals, Jonathan Woo, gained the hot seat after identical 7-4 victories over first Ben Sadowski and then Mike Gasper, who had just survived a hill-hill battle over Mario Sahatjian. McCarthy, whoʼd won his opening match and moved west in his next effort, was waiting for Sahatjian. Frankie Scanlon was there to meet Sadowski.

On the one-loss side, Scanlon moved past Dmitry Rozenfeld and Jan Aleria, as McCarthy tallied wins five and six against Kevin Kemp and then, in a hill-hill struggle, Neil Walmsley. It was Scanlon and McCarthy squaring off in the quarterfinal match, won by McCarthy 6-2. In the semifinals that followed, Gasper was dropped into third place with a 7-5 McCarthy win that moved him into the finals versus Woo.

McCarthy was picking up speed moving into the finals and, with a single handicap game in hand, moved out to a 3-0 lead. Woo battled back, holding the gap to 3 games, and the two traded victories to 7-4, which extended the match to 9 games. McCarthy won the next game to reach the hill first, at which point Woo mounted a three-rack run that narrowed McCarthyʼs lead to a single game. It ended there, however, as McCarthy completed his ten-win run to top honors.

Ryan McCarthy won his first round, lost his second, and then won ten matches straight to snare the Tri-State Tour title at  Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.

Ryan McCarthy won his first round, lost his second, and then won ten matches straight to snare the Tri-State Tour title at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.

Results:
1st Ryan McCarthy $750
2nd Jonathan Woo $430
3rd Mike Gasper $270
4th Frankie Scanlon $150
5th Ben Sadowski $90
Mario Sahatjian
7th Jan Aleria $60
Neil Walmsley
9th Dmitry Rozenfeld $40
Luis Garchitorena
Kevin Kemp
Dennis Patrillo

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