Testa is Tops on Blaze Tour
Blaze 9-Ball Tour / Vineland, NJ
by Jose Burgos
Joey Testa took home first place at the October 11 stop, besting a field of 30 to earn top honors on the Blaze 9-Ball Tour. The $1,000-added stop was hosted by Q-Ball Billiards in Vineland, NJ, and was attended by players such as Matt Krah, Josh Brothers, Manny Chau, Eddie Abraham, and Brandon Shuff.
Krah led the top half of the bracket, notching victories over Brandon Shuff 7-2, Raphael Saldana 7-3, Jay Brotherton 7-4, and Mark Stewart 7-4. Testa took control of the bottom half, scoring wins over Garrett Bell 7-0, Abraham 7-5, Chuck Pendrak 7-0 and Brothers 7-2.
In the ensuing hot seat match between Krah and Testa, it was Testa who pulled away late to win the match 7-4 and send Krah to try his luck on the west side of the chart. Waiting for Krah was Brothers, and their match was a hill-hill nail-biter that saw Krah win 7-6 to earn a rematch against Testa.
Krah had to defeat Testa twice in the double-elimination finals to win the title. In the first set it was all Krah, who won easily with a 7-1 blowout, but in the second set Testa returned the favor by besting Krah by the same score to win the event.
1st Joey Testa $1000
2nd Matt Krah $525
3rd Josh Brother $315
4th Mark Stewart $150
5th Manny Chau $100
7th Bill Gallagher $60