Predator 9-Ball Tour / Lindenhurst, NY
by Jerry Tarantola
The Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour held its first A-D tournament of the season the weekend of March 28-29 at Mr. Cue’s Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY, with Marco Dy walking away with first place. The tour’s third $1,000-added stop welcomed a total of 80 of its players to this new poolroom on the schedule.
As play unfolded Sunday, the story was all about players who showed a no-quit attitude on the table. Emerging player Thomas Wan lost his first match but quietly won eight consecutive matches before losing a come-from-behind set to tournament director William Finnegan. Finnegan had a stand-out performance and surely surprised a few people, as he bounced back from a hill-hill loss to Erin McManus before winning nine consecutive matches in a row to land his spot in the finals.
In the finals, Finnegan met up with Dy, who also had a breakthrough tournament, earning an undefeated spot in the finals after squeaking through a hard-fought hill-hill set with Lionel Rivera. Rivera was then taken out in the semifinals by Finnegan in another dramatic hill-hill battle, with Finnegan making the 9 on the break to win the match.
The final set saw Finnegan start out strong to build a 7-2 lead in the race to 9, looking dominant. In a surprising turn of events, Dy grinded back to tie the score at 8-8, putting himself in another gut-check hill-hill situation.
Finnegan had the break and successfully pocketed a ball and had an open table for a chance to earn the title and the personal victory of having gone through ten consecutive players. Uncharacteristically, he missed an easy 2 ball, giving Dy the easy run-out and his first Predator Tour victory.
The Predator Tour also hosted a second day B-C-D event, which brought out 16 players to compete Sunday afternoon. Dave Manasseri and Bob Mammarella fought through this field to make it to the finals, but it was Manasseri who came out on top in the finals with a dominant 7-2 win over Mammarella. Borana Andoni was the highest-finishing female, but Erin McManus was awarded $100 for the runner-up Delta-13 highest finishing female because of the fact that Borana had a strong ninth-place finish.
1st Marco Dy $1,000
2nd William Finnegan $650
3rd Lionel Rivera $ 500
4th Thomas Wan $ 325
5th John Mazes $ 250
7th James Swanson $ 150
9th Justin Muller $ 100
13th Beau Baer $ 75
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