Deuel Dominates Turning Stone Billiards Field
Turning Stone Classic XVI / Verona, NY
Corey Deuel went undefeated to take the Turning Stone Classic XVI title, outlasting Stevie Moore in the final match 13-11. The four-day event was hosted by the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, and boasted a $25,000-added prize purse and a full field of 64 players from all over the world.
Deuel’s path to the finals saw him notch defeats over Bucky Souvanthong 9-2, Marco Kam 9-1, Charlie Williams 9-6, defending champ Johnny Archer 9-6, and Raj Hundal 9-3 to reach the final four undefeated. Once there he bested constant Turning Stone hopeful and fellow Mosconi Cup teammate Dennis Hatch 9-7 to advance to the hot seat match.
His opponent there was Stevie Moore, who had scored victories over Earl Herring 9-2, Dustin Morris 9-2, Justin Bergman 9-4, and Gabe Owen 9-4. After a 9-1 routing of Mike “Fireball” Dechaine, Moore met Deuel in the hot seat match but was turned away 9-7.
On the one-loss side, Florida’s Hunter Lombardo outplayed Earl Strickland in their double-hill match to advance, sending Strickland home with seventh place. Tying with Strickland was Tom D’Alfonso, who was ousted 9-2 by Gabe Owen. Owen, though, ran into Hatch in the next round and was turned away in fifth place 9-2, while Lombardo was eliminated as well by Dechaine 9-5.
Dechaine continued his streak, keeping control of the quarterfinal match against Hatch and winning that 9-4—Hatch was denied again a chance at the prestigious title. But Dechaine found a worthy opponent in Moore and also found himself going home with third place after Moore won their match 9-6 and returned to the A side of the bracket to face Deuel again.
The finals was an extended race to 13, and though Deuel got an early toehold, Moore was always only a couple of racks away from the lead. At 10-5 Deuel, Moore dug deep and won the next six racks in a row to take the lead. But Deuel won the next game to even the score at 11-11. Moore ran out to the 9 ball in the next rack but missed the 9 ball, a fatal error. Deuel pocketed the 9 and then broke and ran the final rack to win the title 13-11.
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