Blaze 9-Ball Tour / Deptford, NJ
by Jose Burgos
Eddie Abraham took home another first-place win on the Blaze 9-Ball Tour, triumphing over Bruce Nagle in the finals. This $1,000-added event was hosted by Hot Shot Billiards in Deptford, NJ, August 2.
Abraham went undefeated through the tournament, blazing a trail through the winners’ side of the chart with victories over Bob Whitfield 7-5, Jack McPoyle 7-1, Chuck Roth 7-5, and Joey Testa 7-6. Nagle took charge of the bottom half of the bracket, winning over CJ Fought 7-1, Bob Mapes 7-4, Erin McManus 7-3, and Mike Lizzio 7-5.
Inevitably, Nagle and Abraham met up in the hot seat match. It was a close one, with Abraham pulling away late in the match to win 7-5 to send Nagle to the one-loss side. There he was faced with Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie in the semifinals. In that one-sided match, Nagle ran away with a 7-4 win.
In the double-elimination final match, it was a rematch between Nagle and Abraham, with Nagle having to best his opponent twice for the win. Nagle put up a good fight in the first set, but it was all Abraham winning 7-4 to take the event.
1st Eddie Abraham $950
2nd Bruce Nagle $460
3rd Shaun Wilkie $285
4th Joey Testa $175
5th Mike Lizzio $100
7th Chuck Fought Sr. $70