McGrath Grabs Lucasi Billiards Stop
Lucasi Hybrid All-American Tour / Pontiac, IL
Bobby McGrath Jr. bested Gil Hernandez twice at the March 19 stop of the Lucasi Hybrid All-American Tour for the title, going undefeated through the 30-player field. The $500-added event was hosted by the Pontiac Crystal Palace in Pontiac, IL, and featured a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes with masters spotting one game to the open field.
Hernandez placed Bob Nodine in the B-side of the event in a hill-hill match 6-4, while McGrath Jr. sent Ike Runnels to the B-side with his outstanding comeback, being down 5-0 to win at 6-5. Then, in their first meeting, McGrath Jr. took the hot seat with a win over Hernandez 6-4.
On the B-side it was Eric Naretto who was getting the hot stroke. Naretto displaced Runnels at fifth place using the one-game spot to win 3-1. Donnie Thompson took down Nodine at fifth with a 4-2 win. This set up a great match between Naretto and Thompson for a chance at Hernandez. It was a close match, with neither player giving any room for errors. In the end Naretto had the break and run for the win with both players on the hill.
Naretto went on to play Hernandez for a chance at McGrath. This time Hernandez would not be denied, ending a super performance from the young Naretto, who went down 4-2. This set up a rematch between Hernandez and McGrath for the title. However McGrath was the man of the day, with another win over Hernandez for the title 6-0.
1st Bobby McGrath Jr. $385
2nd Gil Hernandez $240
3rd Eric Naretto $165
4th Donnie Thompson $110
5th Bob Nodine $55
7th Eric Harris $45