Ochoa Takes Down Heavy Hitters
Lone Star Billiards Tour / San Leon, TX
It was a star-studded weekend for pool—or perhaps a “Sylver Star” weekend—for pool on the Lone Star Billiards Tour at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, TX, November 7-8. This event drew 69 top Texas players, including tour regulars Sylver Ochoa, Jui Lung Chen, Charlie Bryant, Dennis Strickland, and Bobby Pacheco.
The final four on the winners’ side saw Strickland versus Bryant and Ochoa against Pacheco. By scores of 9-5, 9-3, respectively, Bryant and Ochoa emerged victorious. It was a tense winners’ bracket match, but Ochoa took it home 9-8.
From the one-loss side emerged matches Andy Jethwa against Derek Fontenot and Chen versus Sonny Bosshamer. Fontenot and Chen reached fifth place, and that was the end of their trail ride. They succumbed to Pacheco and Strickland, two of the final four defeated on the winners’ side Sunday morning. Pacheco took Strickland out with ease and met up with Bryant to fight for second place. Pacheco defeated Bryant 7-2 and earned a rematch with Ochoa, who sent him west earlier that day.
In the double-elimination final match, Pacheco and Ochoa traded game for game, with Pacheco ultimately edging out Ochoa 9-7. The second set produced a score of 6-6 racing to 7 with Pacheco breaking the balls. He made two balls on the break and proceeded to execute a tough side pocket cut on the 2 ball. But he scratched, and at that point it was over. Ochoa cleared the table and took home the 7-6 victory.Results:
1st Sylver Ochoa$920
2nd Bobby Pacheco $550
3rd Charlie Bryant $375
4th Dennis Strickland $275
5th Jui Lung Chen $150
7th Sonny Bosshamer $125
9th Jeremy Byrd $60
13th Yoko Joe $40