Askins Shoots Down Lewis for Great Southern Billiards Title
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Myrtle Beach, SC
Gatlin Askins aced the first stop in March on the Great Southern Billiard Tour, going undefeated to take top honors over Scott Lewis in the finals. The $1,000-added amateur stop drew a field of 39 to Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In the winners’ side final four, Askins bested Phillip Britt 9-5 to advance to the hot seat match. His opponent there was B. J. Hucks, who had just dealt Mike Slaughter his first loss in a hill-hill battle. Askins and Hucks fought a bitter battle, with Askins remaining unscathed 7-6, while Hucks went to the one-loss side.
From the west side, Lewis was making his move, eliminating Wendell Thompkins in seventh place 9-7 and then Slaughter in fifth after a double-hill match. Tying with Slaughter was Mike Johnson, who was ousted by Britt 9-3. Lewis went on to trounce Britt in the quarterfinal match 9-1, sending him home in fourth place.
Riding on his momentum, Lewis advanced to the semifinals and won over Hucks with a convincing 9-3 score. But in the finals, Askins remained an immovable force, taking the title 8-7.
1st Gatlin Askins $700
2nd Scott Lewis $400
3rd B. J. Hucks $300
4th Phillip Britt $200
5th Mike Slaughter $100
7th Wendell Thompkins $60