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