Manlulu Prevails on Tri-State Tour at Sandcastle Billiards
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
Ed Manlulu topped the 30-player field that showed up for the January 16 stop on the Tri-State Tour, besting Chris Luethi in the finals. The event was hosted by Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, and boasted a $750-added prize fund.
Manlulu went unchallenged to the finals, besting George Osipovitch 7-5 in the winners’ side final four to reach the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Luethi, fresh off a 7-5 defeat of Gary Murgia. In the lopsided winners’ side final that followed, Manlulu sent Luethi packing 7-1.
Once on the one-loss side, Murgia and Osipovitch were ousted quickly. Raul Reyes Jr. eliminated Murgia 7-4, while Scott Abramowitz sent Osipovitch home 6-1. In the ensuing quarterfinal match, Abramowitz dealt a 6-3 blow to Reyes and advanced to the semifinals. With a rematch with Manlulu in his sights, Luethi raced past Abramowitz 8-4 in the semis but could not get a toehold against Manlulu, who ended up winning the final match 7-5.Results:
1st Ed Manlulu $$530
2nd Chris Luethi $310
3rd Scott Abramowitz $210
4th Raul Reyes Jr. $125
5th George Osipovitch $75