Dickson takes two out of three over Sun to win Rack ‘Em Up Tour stop

Roarke Dickson probably thought he'd seen the last of Kevin Sun when he sent him west from among the winners' side final four during the Rack ‘Em Up Tour stop on Sunday, January 30. Sun, though, came back to ultimately challenge Dickson in a true double elimination final. Dickson survived to take two out of three over Sun, overall, but not before Sun had thrown a little scare into him with an opening set shutout in that double elimination final. The Open/A-C handicapped event drew 57 entrants to the Fan Club in East Wareham, MA.

Dickson got into the hot seat match with his first of two over Sun, defeating him 4-2. Dickson then squared off against Mark Young, who'd just sent Joey Dupuis west 4-4 (Dupuis needing to reach 6). Dickson defeated Young in a double hill match to gain the hot seat.

Sun moved over to the one-loss side and first faced Kevin Picinnin, who'd defeated Jason D'Angelo and shut out Josh Gormly to reach him. Dupuis drew Marc Dionne (tournament director of the Lucasi Hybrid New England 9-Ball Series), who'd advanced past Bill Roberge and Cliff Maderos. Sun moved into the quarterfinals with a 5-3 victory over Picinnin, as Dionne ended Dupuis' day with a 4-3 win. Sun then dropped Dionne into fourth place in a straight-up race to 4, double hill win.

Sun would give up only two racks in his next two matches, allowing Young only a single rack in the semifinals, and moving on to shut Dickson out in the opening set of the true double elimination final. Dickson battled back in the second set, forcing a single deciding game and then winning it by dropping the 9-ball in on the break.

Ed Boyle pocketed $28 and Dave Norton picked up $33 for sinking one ball each in their attempt at the event's Break-and-Run contest. Charlie Hodson won a home stereo system in the event's door raffle, and Chuck MacFarlane was the raffle winner of a McDermott cue and case.