2009 Mezz Classic
After Thursday’s tight rounds in the 23-man Mezz Classic Straight Pool Invitational, Johnny Archer emerged victorious, having defeated Mika “Iceman” Immonen in the final match to take top honors. The event was hosted by Corner Pocket Billiards in Orlando, FL, and was sponsored by Mezz Cues and Ozone Billiards.
On the one-loss side early Friday, Immonen started off the day by besting Mike Davis 125-50, while Shane Van Boening defeated “Rocket” Rodney Morris 125- 62. At that point, Immonen and Van Boening joined the two undefeated players, Archer and defending champion Thorsten Hohmann, in a single-elimination bracket to see who would come out on top. Immonen played a tough match against Hohmann but eked out a 150-115 victory, while Archer won against Van Boening 150-132.
Having advanced to the finals against Immonen, Archer took an early lead against “Iceman” and never relinquished it. The table sported triple-shimmed pockets, making it difficult for either player to put a run together. Nevertheless, Archer managed a 55-ball run halfway through the match, from which Immonen never recovered. While Archer allowed Immonen several opportunities to recover, Immonen didn’t seem to capitalize, and Archer was able to close out the final match 200-80.
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