Lubis Takes Tri-State Billiards Title
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
Teddy Lubis went unchallenged through the Tri-State Tour’s 20-player field December 5, besting Frank Barreca 7-4 in the finals. The event was hosted by Gotham City Billiards in Edison, NJ, and featured a $1,000-added prize fund.
A lopsided 8-4 victory over Russel Babaniyazov in the winners’ side final four sent Lubis to the match for the hot seat, where met faced off against Mel McCullen. McCullen had just delivered an 8-5 defeat to Basdeo Sookhai. It was a fairly close match, but Lubis prevailed 9-6 while McCullen went to the west side of the chart.
Barreca was busily fighting his way through the left side, scoring a 6-0 whitewashing over Babaniyazov to advance to the quarterfinal match. There he matched up against Sookhai, who had just eliminated Gary Murgia at fifth place 7-2. Barreca showed determination in his quest to keep moving on, and he ousted Sookhai 7-2.
McCullen did not fall so easily, but he did ultimately go home in third place after his semifinal loss to Barreca 7-5. Once in the final match against Lubis, Barreca faltered, and it was Lubis who went on to claim the event title 7-4.
1st Teddy Lubis $600
2nd Frank Barreca $300
3rd Mel McCullen $180
4th Basdeo Sookhai $100