Antonakos Aces Joss Billiards Tour
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Clifton Park, NY
Greg Antonakos escaped defeat until he reached the finals of the October 8-9 Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, where he was bested by Chance Chin in the first set. He redeemed himself in the second set, though, to take the title over the 36-player field that gathered at trick shot Billiards and Sports Bar in Clifton Park, NY.
With a total prize fund $3,450, the competition was fierce. Antonakos, who has won at the Joss Tour once before, sent Jeff Smolen packing in the winners’ side final four 9-4, while tour promoter Mike Zuglan eked out a nail-biting 9-8 victory over Bucky Souvanthong. But Zuglan soon followed, as Antonakos claimed the hot seat with a decisive 9-4 win.
After whitewashing Angelo Hilton 9-0, Dwight Dixon sent Souvanthong home in fifth place 9-5. Joining Souvanthong was Smolen, ousted by Chin in a close 9-7 match. Chin went on to face down Dixon and advance to the semifinal match 9-5.
Zuglan was waiting for Chin, who was determined to reach the unscathed Antonakos and relegated Zuglan to third place 9-4. Chin was geared up for the first set of the finals and dominated the match to win it 9-4. But the second set was another story, as Antonakos turned the tables and took the match and title 9-3.
There were 14 players in the second chance event, which had a $780 prize fund. Spencer Auigbelle went undefeated and bested Kevin Ketz 3-1 in the finals.
Main Event Results:
1st Greg Antonakos $1,000
2nd Chance Chin $750
3rd Mike Zuglan $550
4th Dwight Dixon $400
5th Bucky Souvanthong $250
7th Angelo Hilton $125
Second Chance Results:
1st Spencer Auigbelle $300
2nd Kevin Ketz $200
3rd John Babravich $120
4th Bruce Carroll $80
5th Paul Pickard $40