Strickland Expelled as Super Billiards Field Dwindles
Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship / King of Prussia, PA
It was a busy day at the Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship at the 19th Annual Super Billiards Expo. The field of 72 has been trimmed down considerably, with one notable exit in Earl Strickland.
Early in the afternoon Strickland was given his final warning by tournament director Frank Del Pizzo. Upon Strickland’s arrival for his one-loss side match with Steve Hancock, he exchanged words with the tournament director and was consequently ejected from the tournament. As this event is a BCA ranking tournament, it is unknown what effect that will have on Strickland’s ranking.
Stevie Moore and Matt Clatterbuck matched up on the one-loss side. Down 8-5, Clatterbuck conceded the 10 ball to Moore in that rack, which resulted in him losing not only that game but the next because of the no concession rule.
On the winners’ side Mike Davis was up 8-5 against Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie and let him back into the match 9-8. Wilkie pocketed a 1-10 combo to make it hill-hill. Davis was running out but got poor shape on the 10 ball. He left a bank, which Wilkie missed but left tough. Davis also missed but left it straight in, and Wilkie pocketed it to take the match 10-9. Davis went on to oust John “Mr. 400” Schmidt in a hill-hill thriller 10-9.
In a featured match on the one-loss side, Corey Deuel and Jose Parica faced each other. “The Leader of the Filipino Invasion” took a 4-1 lead, but Deuel countered to stay in the race at 6-5 Parica. When Parica missed the 2 ball in the next rack, Deuel was left with a 2-10 combo that he pocketed to tie the match at 6 apiece. Deuel took the next couple of racks as well and then was left with another 2-10 combo when Parica pushed after an empty break by Deuel, which he made to reach the hill. The players traded innings in the last rack, but Deuel was able to come out the winner 10-6. In the next round Deuel was eliminated by Jeremy Sossei 10-7.
Saturday’s matches begin in the early morning hours. There are 16 players on the winners’ side and 16 on the one-loss side.
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