Jicks Jumps Ahead of the Competition
Billiard Congress of Wisconsin Tour / Kenosha, WI
by Jonathan Demet
Eighteen of Wisconsin’s top amateurs came out for the $300-added Billiard Congress of Wisconsin 9-Ball Amateur Tour stop November 15. Hosted by Claws Billiards in Kenosha, WI, the stop was won by Jason Jicks, who defeated Tom Radowski in the finals.
On the top half of the winners’ bracket, Paul Scott, a top-ranked amateur, was playing well. Wins over Ken Steinley 8-2, Chris Gitzlaff 8-5, and Terry Nixon 8-6 put Scott in position to play for the hot seat. On the bottom half, A-player Jicks shows his skills by defeating junior player Kevin Ruiz 7-2, A-player Marko Stanosevic 7-5, and A-player Radowitz 7-1. The hot seat match went hill-hill, but Jicks was the ultimate winner and sent Scott to the one-loss side.
Radowitz made his way through the west side of the chart by defeating Dan Hau 6-3 and Stanosevic 6-1 and had to face Scott for a chance at the finals. Radowitz took an early 3-1 lead, and both players needed two games, but Radowitz had control and made it to the hill. A failed safe gave Scott a chance, and he made a strong safety. Radowitz made a good hit on the 1 with a two-rail kick, but Scott maintained control of the game. A failed attempt at the 4-9 combo left Radowitz an open shot on the 4 ball, and he cleared the table to send Scott home in third place.
After trading the first two racks in the final match, Jicks pulled ahead of Radowitz to take a 4-2 lead. Radowitz fought to stay within two games of Jicks, executing a nice combination on the 9 ball to do so, but still Jicks reached the hill first 6-3. Jicks had ball in hand on the 3 ball in the next rack and attempted to break out a cluster but left no shot on the 5 ball for himself. A failed kick shot left Radowitz with ball in hand on the 6 ball, and he ran out to make it 6-4 Jicks. Radowitz put another game under his belt after Jicks missed the 7 ball, but Jicks countered and took the next rack to win the title 7-5.
1st Jason Jicks $240
2nd Toom Radowitz $140
3rd Paul Scott
4th Marko Stanosevic $85
5th Dan Hau $25