Antonakos Undefeated at Northeast 9-Ball Open XXIV
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Albany, NY
by Lea Andrews
Greg Antonakos notched his first-ever Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour win the weekend of April 16-17 at the expense of one of the tour’s most familiar faces, Dave Grau. The two were among the hefty field of 50 vying for their share of the $1,500-added purse at the Northeast 9-Ball Open XXIV, which was held at Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY.
In the winner’s side final four, Antonakos edged out Dave Pinkston 9-8 to reach the hot seat match against Chance Chin, who’d sent Grau on the longer route to the finals 9-7. Chin managed just four games against Antonakos, though, and moved over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, John Rich, who’d suffered an earlier 9-4 loss to Pinkston, narrowly slipped past Dan Heidrich 9-8 to face Yesid Garibello, whom he planted in seventh 9-1. Meanwhile, Bucky Souvanthong, who’d moved west after a 9-8 loss to Chin, had his own 9-8 and 9-1 victories over Ron Casanzio and Jim Yonge, respectively. But he landed in fifth after meeting up with Pinkston, who advanced to the quarterfinals 9-5. There Pinkston squared off with Grau, who followed up his 9-2 win over Rich with another 9-2 win, earning his spot in the semifinals against Chin. A slightly less lopsided match ensued, and Chin finished in third 9-3.
It was in the true double-elimination final match that Grau’s streak came to a grinding halt—Antonakos nabbed his first tour win in a thoroughly decisive fashion, allowing Grau to hit the string just once.
In Sunday’s $500-added, second chance non-pro event, Angelo Hilton moved undefeated through the 23-player field, taking down John Kruythoss in one 3-2 set in the finals. The final winner of the weekend was Brian Sim, who went home with a Joss cue valued at $1,200 after his ticket was drawn in the raffle.
The next $1,500/$500-added event will be held June 4-5 at Bison Billiards in Buffalo, NY. Those interested in competing in the tour’s season finale, Turning Stone Classic XVIII, should contact tour director Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible. Please note that the Turning Stone date has been changed from August 11-14 to September 8-11.
1st Greg Antonakos $1,100
2nd Dave Grau $800
3rd Chance Chin $600
4th Dave Pinkston $450
5th John Rich $350
7th Yesid Garibello $200
9th Ron Piontkowski $75
Second Chance Results:
1st Angelo Hilton $350
2nd John Kruythoss $250
3rd Doug Wells $160
4th Pete Mitchell $100
5th Fred Fake $50