Ozone Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour / Lindenhurst, NY
by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
Zee Shan Sabfa came through the one-loss side of the chart to win first place at the August 14-15 installment of the Ozone Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour. Hosted by Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY, the $1,000-added event was worth double points and drew a 52-player field.Sabfa fought through the C-D bracket with wins over Linda Cheung 7-4, Pat Dibuono 7-6, Al Frances 7-3, and ultimately Rene Villalobos. This run set up a hot seat match against Mr. Cue house player Charlie Lentini, which ended in Sabfa’s favor 7-4.
Several C-D players were also putting together impressive performances on the one-loss side, including Diana Rojas, Anthony Zoccolillo, Al Frances, and Bob Schlott. After losing to Safba on the winners’ side, Villalobos squeaked out a close 7-6 win over Schlott, lining up the quarterfinal match against room owner Scott Murphy, who was grinding through the A-B west side of the bracket.
Murphy, rated a B, lost his first round to one of the favorites, John Alicea, hill-hill and then began an impressive comeback, winning eight matches in a row to reach Villalobos. After eliminating him 7-3, he went on to face Lentini. In the semifinal match between the two house players, Murphy emerged victorious 7-3. The final match was then set between Murphy and Safba. When the dust settled, it was Safba who edged out a hill-hill, 9-8 victory, breaking through for his first Predator Tour win.
This stop on the Predator Tour also featured a $300-added second day, single-elimination event. Ten players participated, and rising to the top of the bracket were Tony Sinacore and Scott Murphy, who split in the final, each taking $180. Coming in tied for third place were Shawn Sookhai and Geoff Conway, winning $60.
1st Zee Shan Safba $1,000
2nd Scott Murphy $600
3rd Charlie Lentini $450
4th Rene Villalobos $300
5th Bob Schlott $225
7th Stewart Warnock $150
9th Diana Rojas $100