Muller Fights Back to Win Ozone Predator Billiards Stop
Ozone Billiards Predator Tour / Lindenhurst, NY
by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
Though Justin Muller had a tough loss on the winners’ side of the chart, that didn’t stop him from coming back to win the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour event. The $700-added tournament was held October 23 and drew a field of 38 to Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY.
One of the tour’s top-performing ladies, Borana Andoni, drove through the C/D winners’ bracket of the event, defeating Bryan Russell 7-5, King Victory 7-3, James Wendel 7-3, and Mike Harrington 7-2 to move into the match for the hot seat. Meeting her there, from the A/B bracket, was Maryland player Brian Deska, who took wins over Ed Culhane 7-3, Scott Murphy 7-2, Tony Sinacore 7-3, Juan Guzman 7-5, and Muller 7-3 to follow up with a 7-5 win over Andoni in the winners’ bracket final.
Meanwhile, Muller was fighting his way through the west side of the chart, notching wins over Guzman 7-2 and Harrington 7-4 to move on to the semifinals versus Andoni, where he proved triumphant 7-3.
Though Andoni took third place in this event, this finish moved her into the first-place position for the Female Player of the Year award, followed by Diana Rojas and Gail Glazebrook.
After his win in the semifinals, Muller faced the undefeated Deska in a late-night match-up. Deska and Muller had a long battle to meet at double-hill, where Muller won the case game to come out the winner at 9-8.
1st Justin Muller $750
2nd Brian Deska $550
3rd Borana Andoni $425
4th Mike Harrington $300
5th Juan Guzman $200
7th Scott Simonetti $100