Mezz Pro-Am Tour / Brooklyn, NY
by Jerry Taratola, NYCgrind.com
The Mezz Pro-Am Tour took the F train to Skyline Billiards in Brooklyn, NY, which hosted the Fifth Annual NYC 9-Ball Championships August 28-29. The $3,000-added, two-day event drew a field of 43 players, of which Stevie Moore successfully defended his championship to retain the title.Reigning champion Moore went through the field undefeated with wins over Eddie Vasquez 9-1, Michael Wong 9-6, Manny Chau 9-6, and Brett Stottlemeyer 9-1, setting up the feature match. Meeting Moore in the match for the hot seat, Tony Robles had impressive wins over Rob Merklein 9-0, George SanSouci 9-3, and “Iron Mike” Davis 9-4.
In the match for the hot seat, Moore was determined to repeat as champion and notched a dominant 9-4 win over Robles, earning an undefeated spot in the finals.
Rising star pro Mike Dechaine was also strong in the winners’ bracket, scoring wins over Jerry Tarantola 9-5, Marc “Spain” Vidal 9-7, and Jorge Rodriguez 9-5 before being defeated by Moore 9-3 and Mike Davis 9-7 and ending the event in fifth place. Tied with Dechaine for fifth, Brett Stottlemyer edged out SanSouci hill-hill but was eventually ousted from the tournament hill-hill by Josh Brothers.
Brothers went on to eliminate Davis in fourth place after an epic hill-hill battle 9-8, going on to face Robles in the semifinals. Robles had knocked Brothers into the one-loss side earlier in the event, and Brothers was eager to wreak revenge. He kept Robles in his seat for the first three games, but Robles came from behind and won the nail-biting set hill-hill.
In the double-elimination finals, Moore held the lead in the first set throughout, but at 7-6 Robles was able to grind back to and win the next three games to take the set 9-6. Despite that, Moore stayed dominant in the second set and closed out a 9-4 win to defend his title as NYC 9-ball champion.
1st Stevie Moore $2,300
2nd Tony Robles $1,400
3rd Josh Brothers $800
4th Mike Davis $600
5th Mike Dechaine $400
7th Barry Banks $300
9th Marc Vidal $200