Archer Captures Turning Stone Classic XIV

Archer Captures Turning Stone Classic XIV
Turning Stone Classic XIV / Verona, NY

by InsidePOOL Staff

Johnny Archer snapped off the Turning Stone Classic XIV title December 20, taking first place over “Rocket” Rodney Morris in the final match. This 128-player billiards event was hosted by the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, and featured a $25,000-added prize purse.

Archer was responsible for unseating opponents such as Shane Van Boening and Thorsten Hohmann before being sent to the one-loss side himself by fellow Mosconi Cup teammate Dennis Hatch 9-6 in the final eight of the undefeated side. Once on the west side, Archer eliminated players such as Steve Moore 9-4, Marcus Chamat 9-4, Charlie Williams 9-5, and Kim Davenport 9-5 before facing Hatch again.

Hatch had gone unchallenged to the hot seat match—after he sent Archer west, he also delivered Oscar Dominguez there 9-4. But once in the hot seat match, he had to face Morris. It was touch and go, but Morris triumphed, defeating Hatch in a hill-hill, epic struggle.

Archer snapped off the Turning Stone Classic XIV title December 20, taking first place over “Rocket” Rodney Morris in the final match.

Archer snapped off the Turning Stone Classic XIV title December 20, taking first place over “Rocket” Rodney Morris in the final match.

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Evidently unable to recover, Hatch foundered in the semifinal match against Archer, going home with third place 9-1. Archer rallied, and in the extended final race to 13 against Morris, he found a toehold and kept it, edging out the Hawaiian 13-11 to take the title.

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