The last time we reported on Dave Shlemperis'
appearance in the winners' circle of a tour event (in
June 2016), we noted that he'd had something of a 'dry'
year, which, to the point of the report on a Predator
Tour stop, had failed to include a win. He only cashed
twice in 2016; winning once and finishing (a month later)
in a tie for 7th place, both on the Predator Tour. Well,
he's back, and in a February 11-12 appearance on the
Predator Tour, he won seven on the loss side and downed
hot seat occupant, Elvis Rodriguez in the finals. The
$1,000-added event drew 54 entrants to the Cue Bar in
Bayside (Queen), NY.
Shlemperis was sent to the loss side, in a double hill
battle, by Rhio "Annie" Flores, who advanced
to a winners' side semifinal against Rodriguez, who
was the winner, coming from the loss side, on the previous
week's (Feb. 5) stop on the Tri-State Tour. Eugene Ok,
in the meantime, squared off against KC Clayton. Rodriguez
downed Flores 7-4, and in the hot seat match, faced
Ok, who'd sent Clayton to the loss side 7-3. Rodriguez
claimed the hot seat and his last match win of the weekend
with an 8-6 victory over Ok.
On the loss side, Shlemperis was four matches into his
seven-match, loss-side winning streak, having downed,
most recently, Tim Fitzsimmons 7-5, and Tom Hagan, double
hill, to earn himself a rematch against Flores. Clayton
drew Paul Lyons, who'd defeated Amy Yu 7-4 and Darrin
Schmidt 7-2 to reach him.
In their second double hill fight of the event, Shlemperis
downed Flores. He was met, in the quarterfinals, by
Lyons, who'd eliminated Clayton 7-3. Shlemperis then
downed Lyons 7-2, before locking up in another double
hill match against Ok in the semifinals. Shlemperis
advanced to the finals, where he defeated Rodriguez
9-4 to claim the event title.
Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and
staff at Cue Bar, 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
The next stop on the Predator Tour, scheduled for February
25-26, will be a combination $2,000-added A/B/C/D event,
and a $1,000-added Pro event. It will be hosted by Raxx
Billiards in West Hempstead, NY.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards