Sansouci and Gonzalez Tops in Manhattan
Ozone Billiards Predator Tour / Manhattan, NY
by Jerry Tarantola, NYCGrind.com
On January 23-24, the Ozone Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour made its second stop of the 2010 season at Eastside Billiards in Manhattan, NY. Alex Gonzalez took home the gold in the amateur event, while George “Ginky” Sansoouci earned first place in the open/pro event.
On the winners’ side of the A-D event, Wilson Cruz rolled over Stu Warnock 7-3 in a dominant performance and was then matched up with Gonzalez, who had previously defeated Matthew Harricharan 7-3. Cruz continued his winning ways over Gonzalez 7-3, earning a spot in the finals.
Andrew Kane had a gritty performance, defeating Pat DiBuono 7-6, Matthew Harricharan 7-4, and Warnock 7-2 before being defeated by Gonzalez 7-0. Hungry for a rematch against Cruz in the double-elimination finals, Gonzalez completed the set with a 9-7 score and an impressive Predator Tour win.In the open/pro 10-ball event, tour promoter Tony Robles won his first two matches over Randy Jaragoske 8-5 and Paul Raval 8-4 before being sent to the west side by Frankie Hernandez 8-6. Hernandez knocked Sansouci to the one-loss side 8-6, where he rebounded, winning over Randy Jaragoske 8-1, Mike Miller 8-4, and Robles 8-5. This earned Sansouci a rematch against Hernandez, whom he was able to overcome with a major 8-4 win in the finals.
Though Sansouci had numerous second- and third-place finishes on the Predator Tour, this was his first win. Also, this was the first time in over ten years, since the Ocean State Championship, that arguably the top three New York players finished in the top three of an event.
1st George Sansouci $600
2nd Frankie Hernandez $400
1st Alex Gonzalez $900
2nd Wilson Cruz $625
3rd Andrew Kane $425
4th Stu Warnock $300
5th John Alicea $200
7th Pat DiBuono $150
9th Diana Rojas $125
13th Gary Murgia $100