Warnock and Wilkie Capture Predator Billiards Finale
Ozone Billiards Predator Tour / West Hempstead, NY
by Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com
Stewart Warnock and Shaun Wilkie took top honors in their respective divisions at the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour finale, held December 11-12. The $3,000-added event attracted 94 players to Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, to participate in the two-day event that took place on the weekend of December 11-12, 2010.
“The Scottish Lion” went through the winners’ side in the open division undefeated, with wins over Steven Wright 7-3, Phil Davis 7-5, Tim Cahill 7-3, Brian Hunter 7-5, Derek Schwager 7-6, Barry Banks 7-4, and Tony Conzensa 7-5. Tony Conzensa also went through the winners’ side in impressive fashion. Tony defeated Mike Davie 7-2, Andrew Kane, 7-3, Henry Lau 7-3, Michael Hertz 7-6, and Troy Deocharran 7-6 before Warnock sent him west 7-5 in the hot seat match. Conzensa bounced back with a clutch 7-5 win over Cahill to earn a rematch against Warnock in the finals.
The final match was a close contest but in the end, after coming so close all year long, Warnock saved the best for last by defeating Conzensa 7-5 to earn his first win on the Predator Tour.
Alongside the amateur event, the pro/open Event also drew a gritty field of some of the toughest players in the region. Legendary straight pool player Earl Herring was impressive with standout wins, defeating Mike Miller 8-4, Bill Dunsmore 8-5, and Tony Robles 8-7 before Wilkie defeated him 8-3.
In a feature match, Tony Robles was lined up against regional standout Manny Chau. Robles had defeated Chau earlier 8-4, but Chau bounced back with wins over Zion Zvi 8-5, Joey Korsiak 8-3, and Jeremy Sossei 8-4. In their rematch, Chau controlled the set and bested Robles 8-5 to set up a semifinal match against Herring.
Chau was ahead 4-0 at the beginning, but the cool and confident Herring staged a comeback. However, Chau fought back and won the match 8-5. Wilkie, who won this event last year, was determined to defend his championship and came out swinging against Chau. In the end, “Get Some” defended his victory by a score of 9-7.
1st Stewart Warnock $1,400
2nd Tony Conzensa $900
3rd Tim Cahill $650
4th Harry Lau $500
5th Troy Deocharran $325
7th Richard Ng $250
9th Derek Schwager $175
13th Borana Andoni $125
1st Shaun Wilkie $1,000
2nd Manny Chau $750
3rd Earl Herring $500
4th Tony Robles $325
5th Jeremy Sossei $100