Jayson Shaw chalked up his third win on
the Open/Pro side of the Predator Tour with a victory
in the tour's finale, held on the weekend of December
12-13. It brought his 2015 victory total to 11, which
has included two Turning Stone victories (XXIII &
XXIV), the 27th Annual Ocean State 9-Ball Championship,
the Pro side of the Ginky Memorial, and the 2015 Eastern
States Open/Pro Championships at Snooker's in Providence
in September. He went undefeated on this most recent,
$1,500-added event, which drew 24 entrants to Raxx Billiards
in West Hempstead, NY.
Shaw faced separate opponents in the hot seat match
and finals, thanks to Tour Director Tony Robles, who
mounted a five-match, loss-side winning streak (including
three double hill wins) to face him in those finals.
Shaw was challenged by Jeremy Sossei in a double hill,
winners' side semifinal, but advanced to the hot seat
match against Michael Yednak, who'd sent Robles to the
loss side 7-4 in a winners' side quarterfinal and defeated
Holden Chin (the owner of Raxx Billiards) in the other
winners' side semifinal. In Yednak's words, Shaw "crushed"
him in the hot seat match 7-1.
On the loss side, Chin and Sossei ran into Jorge Rodriguez
(who entered the tournament, and remained, the tour's
top Open player) and Robles, respectively. Rodriguez
had eliminated Thomas Rice 7-2 and shut out Earl Strickland
to draw Chin. Robles, following his defeat at the hands
of Yednak, defeated Hunter Lombardo, double hill, and
Chris Derewonski 7-3 to pick up Sossei. Rodriguez downed
Chin 7-5, as Robles was busy winning his second, double
hill match on the loss side to Sossei.
Robles chalked up his third, double hill win in the
quarterfinals, eliminating Rodriguez, before having
a somewhat easier, 7-2, time against Yednak in the semifinals.
The finals between Shaw and Robles was a battle between
the second (Robles) and third (Shaw) ranked players
on the Predator's Pro rankings (Zion Zvi was ranked
at #1, going in to the tournament). Shaw put a stop
to Robles' winning streak to take the finals 7-3 and
claim the event title.
by Skip Maloney AZB