Basavich beats Strickland at Joss Finale

Danny Basavich

As day three at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Finale comes to an end, the field of 71 players has been whittled down to eight players.

On the winners side, Danny Basavich scored a 9-6 win over Earl Strickland and will face Tom D'Alfonso on Sunday. Basavich commented that he felt a lot of pressure to beat Strickland after his 9-8 win over Strickland at the US Open. Basavich said he is dedicating this tournament to Larry Lisciotti and "Wheels" (a local girl stuck in a wheelchair).

The other winners side match will feature Rodney Morris vs Earl Herring. Morris, who is set to marry his long-time girlfriend Sheina in Reno next month, commented that he is hitting them very good and feeling very comfortable at the table. "I think I am hitting them even better this week than I have been lately" said Morris.

On the one-loss side, Shaun Wilkie will face Danny Hewitt while Ray McNamara takes on Strickland. Wilkie scored a 9-5 win over Salvas late Saturday, after Salvas eliminated Mike Davis 9-1. Hewitt scored back-to-back wins over Alex Pagulayan and Teddy Garrahan. Strickland eliminated Edgar Acaba 9-3 after Acaba's 9-6 win over Tim Perry. Perry, a regular player on the Killer B Tour, finished in 13th place.

With play complete on Saturday, the Larry Lisciotti Memorial is underway with a mini 14.1 tournament and video being shown of the 'Prince of Pool'. We will have pictures from the Memorial later tonight.

Check out our online brackets for full results from the event and Diana Hoppe's photo gallery for images from the event.

Photo courtesy of Diana Hoppe - Pool Pics by Hoppe