KF Cues 9-Ball Tour / New Port Richey, FL
by Skip Maloney
Avenging an early hill-hill defeat at the hands of Corey Deuel, tour director Tony Crosby fought back through the one-loss side, meeting and defeating Deuel in the finals of the KF Cues 9-Ball Tour’s March 14 stop. The $1,000-added open event drew 25 entrants to TJ’s Billiards in New Port Richey, FL.
It was Deuel and James Roberts who met in the hot seat match—Deuel after defeating Richie Richeson 7-4, and Roberts after sending Jason Richko westbound 7-2. Deuel appeared to be getting stronger as he sent Roberts to the semifinals 7-2 and sat in the hot seat.
Meanwhile, Crosby and Ronnie Wiseman worked their way forward from among the final 12 to meet Richeson and Richko. Wiseman dropped into the tie for fifth on the heels of narrow hill-hill win by Richeson, as Crosby moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-3 win over Richko. Crosby dropped Richeson into fourth place with a 7-4 win and then got by Roberts in the semifinals with yet another hill-hill victory.
Deuel jumped out to a slim 2-0 lead in the finals that followed before Crosby fought back to tie it. The two traded racks to a 4-4 tie; the last of the match. Deuel scratched on a subsequent break, and Crosby moved ahead at 7-5. It was a lead he never relinquished, expanding it by one rack to close the match at 9-6.
A $700-added amateur event, which drew 64 entrants, was won by Tony Pete, who worked his way through five matches on the one-loss side to face Albert Howe in the finals. Howe, who’d defeated Rich Johnson to gain the hot seat, fell 7-4 to Pete in those finals and took second place. Prizes were also awarded to the top two players in an eight-entrant junior tournament and six-entrant ladies’ event. Taz Naravane and Tevin Yang took first and second in the juniors, while Jessica Barnes and Cassidy Mulligan took the top two slots in the ladies’ event.
1st Tony Crosby $650
2nd Corey Deuel $400
3rd James Roberts $300
4th Richie Richeson $200
5th Ronnie Wiseman $100
7th Dave Ross $85
9th Cal McGann