Testa Defends Blaze Finale Title
Blaze 9-Ball Tour / Egg Harbor, NJ
by Jerry Tarantola, NYCGrind.com
The Blaze 9-Ball Tour saw the crowning of Joey Testa at its final pro/am event of the season January 9-10. Hosted by Atlantic City Billiards, the event saw a tough 73-player field show up, but it was Testa who defended his “Blaze Tour Finale Champion” title.
Adam Kielar led the way through the top half of the bracket, notching wins over Shaun Wilkie 9-8, John Alicea 9-1, Larry Pearlman 7-3, Tony Rudi 7-1, Wali Muhammad 7-3, and Eddie Abraham 9-6. Testa was on the top part of the bracket, going through Theresa Intelisano 7-4, Derek Schwager 7-5, Randy Schwager 7-3, Danny Basavich 9-6, and Manny Chau 9-8. In the following hot seat match-up, Kielar faced off against Testa, and Testa came away with a 9-6 victory.
Kielar rebounded, scoring a 9-8 win over the Abraham in the semifinals to earn a rematch with Testa. In the true double-elimination format Kielar had to best Testa twice to take the title. But Testa came out of the gate aggressively and gained an early lead he never relinquished, capping off the tournament in impressive fashion. Testa not only defended his title but earned paid entry into the 2010 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Kielar won paid entry to the U.S. Open as well, and Abraham won entry into the Turning Stone Classic.
1st Joey Testa $2,250
2nd Adam Kielar $1,250
3rd Eddie Abraham $700
4th Manny Chau $550
5th George Sansouci $300