Bova double dips Mirabelle to take King of the Bar Box tourney in Rochester, NY


Kyle Bova, 17, was crowned King of the Bar Box at a November 17 stop on the Western New York Tour, taking two out of three matches he played against Jose Mirabelle. The event drew 20 entrants to Camelot Billiards in Rochester, NY.

From among the winners' side final four, Bova hooked up with Tito Ortiz, as Mirabelle took on tour director Nick Brucato. Bova got into the hot seat match with a 7-4 victory over Ortiz, and faced Mirabelle, who'd sent Brucato west 7-5. In a double hill battle, Mirabelle took the first of three against Bova, and sat in the hot seat, awaiting his return.

Brucato moved to the loss side and faced Rick Sicotti, who'd defeated Don Purdy 4-2 and Louis Riccio 5-3 to reach him. Ortiz picked up Roger Jackson, who'd gotten by Jerry Sullivan 4-3 and Bruce Prince 4-2. Sicotti and Jackson advanced to the quarterfinal money round; Sicotti with a 7-4 victory over Brucato and Jackson, 4-3 over Ortiz. Sicotti got a shot at Bova with a 4-3 victory over Jackson in that quarterfinal match.

Bova eliminated Sicotti 7-3 for a second, and necessary third chance against Mirabelle in the hot seat. Bova took both sets of the true double elimination final 7-5 to become King of the Bar Box.

The Western New York Tour will stop for a pair of 9-ball, big-table tournaments on Thanksgiving Weekend. The tour will travel to Elmira, NY, for a stop at Outback Billiards on Saturday, November 24, and return to Camelot Billiards in Rochester for a stop on Sunday, November 24.