Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
Ryan McCarthy made a bid from the one-loss side of the chart after a first-round loss to take top honors at the September 12 stop of the Tri-State Tour. The $750-added 9-ball event was hosted by Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, and attracted a field of 18 players.On the winners’ side final four, Ken DeBroske was making his own play, defeating Andrew Cleary 7-4 to reach the hot seat match. His opponent there was Scott Abramowitz, who had just sent Tony Iggy to the west side of the chart 6-5. DeBroske was in fine form and handled Abramowitz easily 6-3 to await a finals challenge.
McCarthy, after his first-round loss to Jason Egeln 6-4, won four matches in a row to earn a rematch against Egeln in the quarterfinal match. Egeln had just eliminated Iggy in fifth place 6-2, while McCarthy’s previous match had seen him oust Cleary 7-5 to tie with Iggy. McCarthy kept the drive going and sent Egeln home 6-4.
Another 6-4 victory for McCarthy followed, this time over Abramowitz, who took third place. The final match was a race to 8, and though both players fought hard, McCarthy was able to keep his momentum going to surge ahead over DeBroske and win the match 8-5.
1st Ryan McCarthy $410
2nd Ken DeBroske $200
3rd Scott Abramowitz $100