DeBreo Undeterred by Competition
Tri-State Tour / Queens, NY
Rafael DeBreo came out on the winning end of a hill-hill final match to take the December 5 stop of the Tri-State Tour, defeating Troy Deocharran 7-6. This $750-added stop attracted 28 B-D players to Master Billiards in Queens, NY.
DeBreo and Deocharran met twice in the event—the first time, DeBreo sent Deocharran to the one-loss side 7-5 en route to the hot seat match. There he faced Dave Ascolese, who was just finished with Alex Borukhovich 8-6. DeBreo was able to easily handle Ascolese, whom he defeated 7-4 to rest on his laurels in the hot seat.
Scott Simonetti, who won the last two Tri-State Tour stops, was waiting for a chance to make it three in a row. Unfortunately for him, he was stopped in his tracks by Deocharran, who squeaked by their hill-hill match 8-7. Borukhovich was eliminated in a fifth-place tie with Simonetti by Justin Muller 8-5.Muller moved on to face Deocharran in the quarterfinals, and though it was a closely contested match, Deocharran was the one to advance 8-6 to the semifinals to meet Ascolese. Again a tight match ensued, with Deocharran moving on by the same 8-6 score. In the finals, DeBreo fought back from an early deficit to knot the match on the hill and then snatch the last rack from Deocharran to win 7-6.
1st Rafael DeBreo $650
2nd Troy DeoCharran $350
3rd Dave Ascolese $220
4th Justin Muller $110
5th Alex Borukhovich $60