Jones survives true double elimination bid by Conway to take GSBT stop in Alabama

Shannon Daulton, Jason Jones, Benny Conway, Jr., Rick Barber (owner of De Ja Vu Billiards

Jason Jones took two out of three battles versus Benny Conway, Jr.  to take home the top prize on the Great Southern Billiard Tour's stop on June 20-21. The $1,500-added, A-B handicapped event drew 25 entrants to Déjà Vu Billiards in Montgomery, AL.

The two first met among the winners' side final four where Jones took the first of his three wins 9-6 to get into the hot seat match. He was joined by Monty Davis, who'd sent John Maikke to the one-loss side 7-4. Jones gained the hot seat with a 9-6 victory over Davis and waited for Conway to come back.

It was Shane Winters who met Conway on the one-loss side, having moved past Wayne Collins 10-8 and shutting out Roger Blunt. Daniel McKinney, after 9-6 wins over Adam Towery and Randy Jordan was there to meet Maikke.  Conway advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-6 win over Winters and was met by McKinney, who'd ousted Maikke 9-6.  Conway dropped McKinney into fourth place 10-8 and then defeated Davis in the semifinals 10-6 for a second, room-appropriate (déjà vu all over again) chance at Jones.

Conway took the opening set of the true double elimination final 10-5, forcing the second set.  Jones shrugged off his single defeat of the weekend and won the second set 9-4 to bring home the $1,000 first prize.