Rocket Shoots Down Hollywood Seminole Field

Rocket Shoots Down Hollywood Seminole Field
Seminole Pro Tour / Hollywood, CA

by InsidePOOL Staff

“Rocket” Rodney Morris claimed the Memorial Weekend stop of the Seminole Pro Tour, besting the undefeated Corey Deuel in the finals to take first place. The $8,500-added event was hosted by Hollywood Billiards in Hollywood, CA, and attracted a 59-player, star-studded field.

Morris suffered a late, hill-hill loss in the event to Gabe Owen in the winners’ side final eight and was sent to the west side. Owen continued on to face Deuel, who delivered a sound 8-2 defeat to “The Babe” and then progressed to the hot seat match against Rafael Martinez, who had just bested Stevie Moore 8-5. It was as close as it could be, but Deuel ended up sending Martinez to the one-loss side with an 8-7 victory.

On the west side, Morris faced off against house pro Max Eberle and eliminated him 8-3. Another close call saw him edge past Florida’s Hunter Lombardo 8-7 to drub Moore 8-1. Owen, now on the west side, fought a tight match against local hero Oscar “The Big O” Dominguez and narrowly escape 8-6 to reach the quarterfinals. It was Morris versus Owen again, but this time with different results: Morris took two racks for every one of Owen’s and advanced 8-4.

Morris claimed the Memorial Weekend stop of the Seminole Pro Tour, besting the undefeated Deuel in the finals to take first place.

Morris claimed the Memorial Weekend stop of the Seminole Pro Tour, besting the undefeated Deuel in the finals to take first place.

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Martinez fought hard against going home in third place, but it was Morris who won the semifinal match 8-6 to reach the finals against Deuel. “The Prince of Pool” took a daunting 5-0 lead in the extended race to 9, but Morris didn’t give up. Soon the Hawaiian was in the lead 7-5. Only a few more games were exchanged, and soon Morris was in the winner’s circle with a 9-7 victory.

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