Cheng Capsizes Khan for Tri-State Title
Tri-State Tour / Brooklyn, NY
Billy Cheng topped a 44-player field that gathered at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY, earning revenge on Carl Yusef Khan in the finals to take the title. The $1,250-added event was held December 2 for B-D players.
Cheng and Khan first collided in the hot seat match after wins over Kaprie Delimelkondglu 7-5 and Vincent Morris 7-3, respectively. Cheng put up a fight, but Khan was able to overpower him 7-4 and await a finals opponent.
On the left side of the chart, Delimelkondglu was eliminated at fifth place by Dave Shlemperis in a double-hill match, while Morris ended up tying with him after a hill-hill battle of his own with Gary Murgia 8-7. Yet another hill-hill bout ended in Shlemperis’ favor in the quarterfinals over Murgia, with Shlemperis advancing to the semifinal match 7-6.
Cheng was waiting for Shlemperis in the semifinals, and it didn’t take him long to shut Shlemperis down 7-3. Primed for his next opponent, Cheng moved on to meet Khan again—this time with different results. It was Cheng who claimed the title with a win over Khan 9-6.
1st Billy Cheng $800
2nd Carl Yusef Khan $530
3rd Dave Shlemperis $320
4th Gary Murgia $210
5th Vincent Morris $130
7th Joei Huang $100
9th Trevor Heal $75