Liang and Hernandez Tops on Predator Billiards Tour

Liang and Hernandez Tops on Predator Billiards Tour
Predator Tour / West Hempstead, NY

by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com

Tony Liang recovered from a late loss to win the Second Annual Predator Tour Empire State Amateur Championships, while Frankie Hernandez took down the open division. The event was held February 26-27 at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, where 108 amateur players came out to compete for the coveted Empire State title, as well as a full field of 16 players for the open event Sunday.

Tony Liang recovered from a late loss to win the Second Annual Predator Tour Empire State Amateur Championships, while Frankie Hernandez took down the open division.

Tony Liang recovered from a late loss to win the Second Annual Predator Tour Empire State Amateur Championships, while Frankie Hernandez took down the open division.

Clive Rose dominated the winners’ bracket, winning five matches to reach the hot seat match, where he defeated Liang 8-4. Liang then bounced back to defeat Naldo Troncoso in the semifinals 8-6. This event marked a strong performance for Troncoso, taking his highest finish on the tour to date.  Naldo put on a display of heart to come back after an early loss to Gail Glazebrook. Stewart Warnock also had a great run, placing fourth after losing a tight hill-hill match to Troncoso.

 

After Liang eliminated Troncoso, he earned a rematch in the finals against Rose, where the tables were turned in his favor, as he won 10-6.

In the open/pro 10-ball event, Hernandez had a spectacular day, playing nearly flawless pool. His road to the finals included wins over Tony Robles 8-3, Chris Laz 8-3, and Oscar Bonilla 8-5 in the hot seat match.

After Robles’s early loss to Hernandez, he came back on the one-loss side to defeat Keith Larsen 8-5, George SanSouci 8-3, Mike Badstuebner 8-6, Joey Korsiak 8-6, George Rodriguez 8-5, and Oscar Bonilla 8-5. In the finals it was a match-up between two NY greats, and while Hernandez looked to run away with the set, Robles put up a good fight and battled back to keep it close. In the end it was Hernandez who came out on top 9-6.

Amateur Results:

1st Tony Liang $2,000
2nd Clive Davis $1,400
3rd Naldo Troncoso $900
4th Stewart Warnock $600
5th Gail Glazebrook $375
Amit Umadas
7th Andrew Kane $250
Mio Celaj
9th Frank Ramos $150
Omar Alli
Scott Bannon
Frank Cutrone
13th Rene Villalobos $100
Wilfredo Albay
Brian Hunter
Jack Smith

Open Results:

1st Frankie Hernandez $750
2nd Tony Robles $500
3rd Oscar Bonilla $230
4th George Rodriguez $140

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