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.
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.
1st Tony Liang $2,000
2nd Clive Davis $1,400
3rd Naldo Troncoso $900
4th Stewart Warnock $600
5th Gail Glazebrook $375
7th Andrew Kane $250
9th Frank Ramos $150
13th Rene Villalobos $100
1st Frankie Hernandez $750
2nd Tony Robles $500
3rd Oscar Bonilla $230
4th George Rodriguez $140