Deska Dominates Action Pool Tour Field
Action Pool Tour / Salisbury, MD
Brian Deska dominated the field at the Action Pool Tour’s August 13-14 event, besting Brandon Shuff in the finals for top honors. The tournament drew 40 players to Break Time Sports Pub and Grill in Salisbury, MD.
On the winners’ side, Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie defeated Kevin West 8-4, while Deska took down Josh Brothers 8-5. The hot seat match between Deska and Wilkie lived up to the billing, with Deska narrowly escaping with an 8-7 win and a trip to the finals. Over on the one-loss side, Chip Klein squeaked by APT Director Ozzy Reynolds 8-7 with a terrific long cut shot on the final 10 ball, while Shuff came back from a 6-2 deficit to defeat Butch Weimer 8-6.
After coming back from the dead against Weimer, Shuff picked up momentum and began to steamroll his way through the bracket by eliminating Brothers 8-6, West 8-2, and finally Wilkie 8-2. This set the stage for finals, in which Shuff would have had to best Deska twice. Shuff won the first set easily 8-4; however, Deska came out strong in the second set and took an early 3-0 lead. Shuff fought back, and after racks were traded back and forth, the match was tied 7-7 with Shuff having the final break. Shuff crushed the rack, but nothing found a pocket. Deska came to the table with what looked like a routine run-out. He held his composure and carefully dissected the table for the win.
1st Brian Deska $850
2nd Brandon Shuff $500
3rd Shaun Wilkie $300
4th Kevin West $200
5th Chip Klein $140
7th Ozzy Reynolds $100