Giallorenzo Grabs First Predator Billiards Win
Predator Tour / Jackson Heights, NY
by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
Chuck Giallorenzo took first place at the fourth stop on the Predator Tour over Mark Pantovic, besting him in the finals. in the 2011 season. This special one-day, amateur-only event was held March 27 at BQE Billiards in Jackson Heights, NY, and was worth double points for the tour’s standings, where 62 players came out to compete for the $1,000 first prize.
While this event saw a number of strong performances by top up-and-coming players, Giallorenzo was the player to break through after a third-round loss on the winners’ side of the bracket. After having defeated Frank Ramos 7-5 and Rene Villalobos 7-3, Giallorenzo lost to Sam Mohamed 7-6.
He stayed focused and played with a lot of heart, going on to defeat Gus Mokkas 7-3, Frank Ramos 7-5, Michael Toohig 7-6, Gail Glazebrook 7-4, Sam Mohamed 7-2, Junior Sanchez 7-0, and Steve Way 7-6 on the one-loss side.
However, the player to dominate the winners’ bracket of this event was a familiar face to the pool scene in New York: Mark “Gypsy” Pantovic. En route to the finals, Pantovic bested Naldo Troncoso 7-6, Billly Cheng 7-5, Victor Nau 7-4, Brian Hunter 7-4, Lionel Rivera 7-5, and took the hot seat after an 8-7 win against Steve Way.
Pantovic then took on Giallorenzo in the finals, who had just come off a gritty hill-hill win against Way in the semifinals. The finals proved to be another tough battle for Giallorenzo, for this match also went double-hill, and Giallorenzo came away with the win at 8-7.
1st Chuck Giallorenzo $1,000
2nd Mark Pantovic $650
3rd Steve Way $450
4th Junior Sanchez $325
5th Lionel Rivera $200
7th Brian Hunter $150
9th Kei Murata $100
13th Dave Shlemperis $75