Jeremy Sossei and Zion Zvi battled in
the finals of the June 10-11 Pro event on the Predator
Tour. Sossei was in the hot seat, when Zvi completed
a five-match, loss-side run to face him. Sossei won
to claim the $1,500-added Pro event that drew 12 entrants
to Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. In a concurrently-run,
$1,500-added Amateur event that drew 51 entrants, Raphael
Dabreo recovered from an early loss at the hands of
Koka Davladze, and won seven on the loss side to eventually
meet and defeat him in the finals.
Sossei advanced through the short Pro field to face
Michael Wong in a winners' side semifinal. Wong had
just sent Sossei's eventual finals' opponent, Zvi, to
the loss side. Joey Korsiak, in the meantime, met up
with Chris Derewonski in the other winners' side semifinal.
Wong put up a double hill fight, but it was Sossei who
advanced to the winners' side final against Korsiak,
who'd sent Derewonski to the loss side 7-4. Sossei claimed
the hot seat 7-3 and waited on Zvi.
Zvi opened his loss-side campaign with a 7-3 win over
Frankie Hernandez (runner-up on Memorial Day weekend's
Ginky Memorial), following it with a 7-3 win over Shawn
"Alaska" Morgan, which set him up for a re-match
versus Wong. Derewonski drew Greg Mitchell, who'd defeated
tour director Tony Robles 7-5 and Jorge Texeira 7-2.
Zvi successfully negotiated the vengeance match 7-3
over Wong, as Derewonski eliminated Mitchell 7-2. Zvi
took the quarterfinal match over Derewonski 7-1 and
then, downed Korsiak 7-5 in the semifinals. In the finals,
by the same score, Sossei stopped Zvi's run to claim
the event title.
DaBreo comes back to 'haunt' and defeat Davladze in
You'd have to think that downing an opponent 7-2 in
a winners' side match would allow a competitor to think
that he (or she) would have few worries about that individual
coming back for a second challenge, especially when
you've advanced beyond that match to the hot seat. Pool,
though, is a funny kind of game and nobody knows that
better than pool players, particularly Koka Davladze,
who won that early match during the Predator Tour's
Amateur event, and Raphael DaBreo, who lost in that
matchup and eventually won seven on the loss side to
meet and defeat Davladze in the finals.
With DaBreo at work on the loss side, Davladze advanced
to a winners' side semifinal against Dan Faraguna. Daves
Callaghan and Weinstein met in the other one. Davladze
moved into the hot seat match 9-4 over Faraguna, and
met up with Callaghan, who'd sent Weinstein over 7-4.
In spite of a match that went one game shy of double
hill, Davladze won his last match, claiming the hot
seat over Callaghan 11-9.
On the loss side, DaBreo chalked up victories #3 &
#4 against Roberto Hung (9-7) and Thomas Rice (8-5)
to draw Faraguna. David Weinstein picked up Emit Yolcu,
who'd eliminated Xavier Romero, double hill, and Ambi
Estevez 7-1, to reach him. Yolcu and DaBreo advanced
to the quarterfinals; Yolcu in another double hill win,
over Weinstein, and DaBreo 9-4 over Faraguna.
Callaghan put up a double hill fight against DaBreo
in the semifinals, but it wasn't enough, as DaBreo advanced
to a long-awaited second shot against Davladze. He took
full advantage, downing Davladze 9-5 to claim the title.
Tour director Tony Robles extended special thanks to
Kevin and Isabel Buckley, along with their staff at
Gotham City Billiards, as well as sponsors Predator
Cues, Ozone Billiards, Poison Billiards, PlayNAPL.com,
The Devito Team, PoolOnTheNet.com, Capelle (BilliardsPress.com),
AZBilliards, Billiards Digest and Pool & Billiard
Magazine. The next stop on the Predator Tour, scheduled
for June 17-18, will be hosted by Raxx Billiards in
West Hempstead, NY.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards