Alex Osipov had quite a weekend on the
Predator Pro Am Tour. He made it to a winners’
side semifinal in the $1,000-added, 80-entrant Amateur
event of the July 7-8 stop on the tour, before being
sent to the loss side. He lost his first match on that
side of the bracket and finished in the tie for 5th
place. He moved on to compete in the $500-added Open/Pro
event, with 18 presumably tougher opponents, and proceeded
to go undefeated through the field to claim that event
title. Both events were hosted by the Amsterdam Billiard
Club in Manhattan.
Osipov advanced through the Open/Pro field to arrive
at a winners’ side semifinal match against Matthew
Harricharan. Raphael Dabreo, in the meantime, squared
off against Jonathan Smith in the other winners’
side semifinal. Osipov defeated Harricharan 7-5 and
in the hot seat match, faced DaBreo, who’d sent
Smith to the loss side 7-2. Osipov claimed the hot seat
7-4 over DaBreo and waited on his return from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Smith picked up one of the New York
Tri-State area’s hottest players at the moment,
Joey Korsiak, who’d defeated Duc Lam and Michael
Yednak, both 7-5 to reach him. Harricharan drew Hunter
Lombardo, who’d recently eliminated Troy Deocharran
7-4 and Zion Zvi 7-5.
Korsiak and Lombardo advanced to the quarterfinals;
Korsiak 7-5 over Smith and Lombardo 7-3 over Harricharan.
Lombardo took the quarterfinal fight 7-4, but by the
same score, had his loss-side streak ended by DaBreo
in the semifinals. In their re-match DaBreo managed
one rack more than he scored against Osipov in the hot
seat match, but it wasn’t enough. Osipov completed
his undefeated run 7-5 to claim the title.
Francisco wins five on the loss side to meet and defeat
Toocaram in Amateur finals
Sent to the loss side by the eventual occupant of the
hot seat, Ehmunrao Toocaram, John Francisco defeated
five opponents on the loss side, including Alex Osipov,
before meeting Toocaram a second time, in the finals.
He defeated him to claim the Amateur event title.
Toocaram had advanced through the field of 80 to meet
up with Osipov in one of the winners’ side semifinals.
Ron Bernardo faced Corey Avallone in the other one.
Toocaram sent Osipov to the loss side in a double hill
battle, and in the hot seat, faced Bernardo, who’d
given up only a single rack to Avallone (6-1). Toocaram
won his last match, downing Bernardo 8-5 to claim the
On the loss side, Osipov picked up what proved to be
his final opponent in the Amateur event; the eventual
winner, Francisco, who, following his defeat at the
hands of Toocaram, had eliminated Chickie Romero, double
hill, and Robert Mendoza 9-5. Avallone drew Han Clark,
who’d defeated the recently-crowned Tri-State
Tour Invitational Champion, Erick Carrasco 7-5, and
Kunami Chau 7-4.
The loss-side opponents in the battle for advancement
both prevailed. Clark downed Chau 7-4, as Francisco
sent Osipov to the Pro event with a 9-5 win. In two
straight 7-4 victories, Francisco then eliminated Han
Clark in the quarterfinals, and Ron Bernardo in the
Toocaram had sent Francisco to the loss side 7-4 in
a winners’ side quarterfinal. In their battle
for the event title, they went double hill before Francisco
dropped the final ball to claim it.
A Second Chance event that drew 16 entrants saw Greg
Myer defeat Rene Villalobos, double hill, to claim the
$160 first-place prize. Duc Lam finished in third place,
with Jay Choi, in fourth. Ambi Estevez took the 10-entrant
Third Chance event, claiming the $130 first-place prize
after defeating Chickie Romero 7-2 in the finals.
Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and
staff at the Amsterdam Billiard Club, as well as sponsors
Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, PlayNAPL.com, The DeVito
Team, PoolOnTheNet.com, Billiards Press.com, AZBilliards,
Pool&Billiards Magazine, and Billiards Digest. The
next stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour, scheduled for
the weekend of August 11-12, will be hosted by Boardwalk
Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. Robles also reminded potential
players that the 2nd Annual New York City 8-Ball Scotch
Doubles Championships, to be held under the auspices
of his Silent Assassin Productions company, will be
hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY
on the weekend of August 4th & 5th.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards