Tri-State Tour / Parsippany, NJ
by Skip Maloney
Jerry Tarantola double-dipped Mark Pantovic to finish an undefeated day at the $500-added, A-D handicapped event, which drew 50 entrants to Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ, March 14.
Tarantola and Pantovic sent Gary Murgia and Scott Abramowitz west, respectively, to face each other in the hot seat match. Tarantola prevailed 7-2 in the match and waited for Pantovic’s return.
Meantime, on the one-loss side, Guy Iannuzzi was working his way toward the quarterfinals. He got by John Pannucci and Jason Egeln before dropping Abramowitz into the tie for fifth place. It was Christian Smith advancing to meet Murgia, but then, after a hill-hill struggle, joining Abramowitz in fifth place. Murgia ended Iannuzzi’s run in the hill-hill quarterfinals that followed.
Pantovic ended Murgia’s bid for a tour victory with a 7-4 win that gave him a second shot at Tarantola. Pantovic fared only slightly better the second time around as Tarantola continued his dominant play, taking top honors with a single-set 7-3 win.
1st Jerry Tarantola $650
2nd Mark Pantovic $450
3rd Gary Murgia $250
4th Guy Iannuzzi $150
5th Scott Abramowitz $100
7th Jason Egeln $80
9th John Pannucci $70