Runnels Double-Dips Daiber
Billiard Congress of Wisconsin Open 9-Ball Tour / Waukesha, WI
by Jonathan Demet
The Billiard Congress of Wisconsin Open 9-Ball Tour was hosted Master Z’s in Waukesha, WI, for their December 20 stop. The $500-added stop drew a solid 19 players, expecting a good day of competition, and Ike Runnels ran away with first place, besting Matt Daiber in the finals.
Runnels took control of the top half of the winners’ bracket, making his way through the traffic by outplaying Tony Chirchirillo, Tom Radowitz, and Jon Giles. Daiber made his way through the winners’ side bottom bracket with wins over Jason Jicks, Dave Leverenz, Chris Gitzlaff, and Duncan Kaufman. The hot seat match was a real nail-biter, but Daiber pulled ahead to claim it and send Runnels to the one-loss side with an 8-6 win.
Gil Hernandez of Chicago made it all the way through the west side of the chart to the semifinals after an upset by Tom Radowitz in the first round. Runnels won the semifinal match against Hernandez in a suspenseful showing by the score of 6-5. He continued his top-notch performance, playing nearly perfectly, and he double-dipped Daiber in the finals to clench his first victory on the BCW.
1st Ike Runnels $365
2nd Matt Daiber $230
3rd Gil Hernandez $180
4th Scott Doc $120
5th Jon Giles $50