Robles Takes His First Predator Stop of the Season
Predator 9-Ball Tour / Bayside, NY
Tour director Tony Robles won his first Predator 9-Ball Tour stop of the season the weekend of April 11-12 over Oscar Bonilla in the finals. Cue Bar in Bayside, NY, was host to the event’s 45 players, which included Hall of Famer Mike Sigel, Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, Al Lapena, Frankie Hernandez, Jeremy Sossei, Eddie Uber, Marc Vidal, George SanSouci, and Tony Robles.
With the 16 open and pro players in the event, no one was ever comfortable with the matches that lay before them. And many of the higher-ranked players found victory against the usually dominating pros.
Robles was on cruise control until he ran into Sean “Alaska” Morgan, who played strong throughout the set and capitalized on a number of mistakes by Robles and defeated the “The Silent Assassin” 8-6.
Bonilla continued to show the crowd he is a force to be reckoned with. Before his big win over Mike Sigel, he defeated Brian Hunter 8-2, then Sigel 8-7, Lapena 8-5, Sossei 9-7, and won the hot seat match against Morgan 9-6. The comfortable Bonilla then waited for the one-loss side to catch up.
Robles worked out his demons on the one-loss side with wins over Mhet Vergara 8-4, Michael Yednak 8-0, Lapena 9-6, Uber 9-8, and Sossei 9-4. This set up a rematch between Robles and Morgan, who was just defeated by Bonilla 9-6. In the semifinal match, Robles came out vengeful with a 9-3 win and geared up to face Bonilla in the finals.
The final match was a close battle that saw both players playing great pool with few errors. At hill-hill, Robles broke and calmly ran out to win his first stop of the 2009 season.
The tour also hosted a B-C-D tournament Sunday with 10 players vying for the top prize of $150. The finals of the event saw Steve Wright versus newbie P.J. Puma, a Cue Bar regular. Puma was undefeated going into the finals with wins over Jesse Thomas, Paul Raval, Andrew Kane, and Alex Borukovich. In the finals, at hill-hill, Wright hooked himself in the side pocket. A failed massé attempt on the 2 ball left Puma with a five-ball run-out that he successfully completed for a first-place finish.
1st Tony Robles $1,000
2nd Oscar Bonilla $ 650
3rd Sean Morgan $ 475
4th Jeremy Sossei $ 350
5th Shaun Wilkie $ 275
7th Al Lapena $ 150
9th Ariel Rivera $ 100