McCollim and Smith Snag PA State Billiards Championships
Pennsylvania State Championships / Pittsburgh, PA
Coming out on top of a small but select field, Bill McCollim and Adam Smith took first place in the one-pocket and 9-ball divisions of the Pennsylvania State Championships. Breaker’s Billiards and Lounge hosted the event, held March 21-24.
Thirteen players competed in the $500-added one-pocket division. McCollim and Smith dominated their bracket in order to meet up in the winners’ side finals. McCollim bested Smith 3-2 to claim the hot seat.
Once on the west side of the chart, Smith eliminated George Bero in third place to set up a rematch with McCollim. In another close match between the two, Smith won the set 3-2 to send it to a second set. Their third meeting also went hill-hill, with McCollim ultimately winning 3-2 to take the title.
The $2,000-added 9-ball tournament drew a field of 29. Not content with his runner-up finish in the one-pocket event, Smith worked his way through the top half of the bracket with wins over Jim Udischas, Pat Calvaresi, Rob Pole, and Derek Pogirski. In the bottom half of the bracket, “Iron Mike” Davis took care of McCollim, Ed Brooks, Abel Ferrer, and Cory Young.
When the two faced off in the hot seat match, it was Smith who claimed it with a double-hill victory. Davis went to the west side to face Derek Pogirski to fight for a rematch with Smith in the finals. Maintaining control throughout, Davis defeated Pogirski 7-3, sending him home in third place. In the finals, Davis put up a good fight, but it was Smith who claimed the match 7-5 to take the title.
Full length match videos are available at the Youtube channel of the event live streamer, Inside POOL TV Youtube Channel.
1st Bill McCollim $900
2nd Adam Smith $600
3rd George Bero $300
1st Adam Smith $1,720
2nd Mike Davis $1290
3rd Derek Pogirski $860
4th Cory Young $430
5th Pat Calvaresi $300