Tri-State Tour / Parsippany, NJ
by Lea Andrews
Duane Dailey, who is still somewhat new to the Tri-State Tour, suffered a late loss August 8 before rebounding to win it all. The $500-added, B-D event drew a field of 34 to Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ.
Dailey arrived in the hot seat match following an 8-6 win over Teddy Lubis, meeting up with Mike Watson, who was coming off his toughest match to that point, a 7-6 win over Emily Duddy. With a 6-3 score over Dailey, Watson sat in the hot seat to await his final opponent.
On the one-loss side, Pete Brennan won 6-3 over Rhio-Anne Flores and 6-5 over Jason Egeln to face Duddy, where he came up short 7-4. T.J. Smithers, with strong wins over Antonio Navarro 6-2 and Guy Iannuzzi 7-1, went on to meet up with Lubis. With a 7-3 victory, it was Lubis who moved on to Duddy, triumphing 7-5 to land in the semifinal rematch against Dailey.
Unfortunately for Lubis, the outcome was the same as their earlier match, although he did notch up one more game to make it a hill-hill match. With an 8-7 win over Lubis, Dailey earned his own rematch against Watson.
In the modified final set, Watson, as the undefeated player, would win if he reached 6 games first, while if Dailey reached 6 first, the race would extend to 8. As the finals moved along, though, neither player demonstrated his true potential, and sloppy play from each gave the other plenty of chances. It was Dailey who reached 6 first, and though Watson wasn’t far behind, keeping up to push the match hill-hill, Dailey took the final rack and the win.
1st Duane Dailey $700
2nd Mike Watson $400
3rd Teddy Lubis $255
4th Emily Duddy $140
5th Pete Brennan $64