First Round WPBL Playoffs: Poison Upset The Blue Sharks

The World Professional Billiard League’s 2013-2014 Playoffs continued with the league’s second match-up of the playoffs. The Toronto Blue Sharks took on the Pittsburgh Poison at the WPBL Arena in Las Vegas February 6, 2014.
For the second straight night, the lower seed pulled off an upset win. Ranked 11th in the league, the Pittsburgh Poison knocked off 6th ranked Toronto 9-3. After the Blue Sharks took the opening team game 30-3, they managed just one match point the rest of the night which came in a doubles shoot-out. However, Pittsburgh's doubles team of Adam Smith and Sylver Ochoa defeated John Morra and Jason Klatt breaking a 3-3 tie, and giving Pittsburgh a 5-3 lead at intermission.
Smith and Captain Shawn Putnam were both victorious in singles play over Morra and Eric Hjorliefson respectively, essentially putting the match away in the second half. Pittsburgh is the second straight lower seeded team to win their opening round match, after #12 seed Atlanta upset #5 seed Los Angeles to open the tournament on Wednesday.
The Poison next face Rodney Morris’ Chicago Rockets Sunday night at 6:30pm PST. The next scheduled playoff match will be Friday February 7th at 6:30pm PT and features the #7 seed Houston Hustlers against #10 Miami Cruise. 
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