Smith Takes Tri-State Title
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
Christian Smith and Vinny Zuniga made a quick end to the Tri-State Tour finals with a sudden-death match that saw Smith come out on top for first place. The $750-added event brought in 24 players to host room Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.
Smith went through the winners’ side undefeated, besting Teddy Lubis 7-4 on the winners’ side final four to reach the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Vinny Zuniga, who eked out a hill-hill victory over Ken DeBroske 7-6. Zuniga whitewashed Smith in the winners’ side finals 7-0 to advance to the hot seat unchallenged.
On the one-loss side, DeBroske regrouped and put in a solid defeat of Duane Toney 7-5, while Teddy Lubis ousted Dave Ascolese 7-4. The two went on to meet in the quarterfinal match, where DeBroske squeaked by Lubis 7-5.
It was touch and go in the semifinal match, but Smith managed to edge out DeBroske 7-6 in the semifinals to earn a chance to go up against Zuniga in the finals. Once there, though, the two players opted to play a single game to determine top honors. Smith won, and the rest was history.
1st Christian Smith $570
2nd Vinny Zuniga $285
3rd Ken DeBroske $170
4th Teddy Lubis $110