Abel Rosario, building on progress he's
made throughout the year, playing on the Predator Tour,
won his first; a $500-added Amateur event, that drew
41 entrants to the Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY on
Saturday, November 14. Rosario won seven games on the
loss side for the right to face hot seat occupant, Dave
Shlemperis, and hung on to win the final, double hill.
With Rosario at work on the loss side, early, the man
who sent him there, Mike Harrington, advanced to a winners'
side semifinal against Irene Kim. Shlemperis, in the
meantime, squared off against Marco Dy. Harrington survived
a double hill fight versus Kim, and in the hot seat
match, faced Shlemperis, who'd sent Dy to the loss side
7-4. Shlemperis won his last match, defeating Harrington
7-3, to claim the hot seat.
Rosario, with two notches already on his loss-side belt,
defeated Ehmunrao Tooccaram 7-2 and Dave Faraguna 7-5
and picked up Kim. Dy drew Lidio Ramirez, who'd survived
two straight double hill matches, against Tommy Hagan
and Eric Kwon, to reach him. Rosario then eliminated
Ramirez in the quarterfinals 9-7 for a second shot at
Rosario gave up only a single rack in a 7-1 victory
over Harrington in the semifinals. He then fought to
force a case game against Shlemperis in the finals,
and won it to claim his first Predator title.
by Skip Maloney AZB