Moore downs Bennett to take Jacoby Tour stop (again)

Stevie Moore (File Photo)

It was made up of a list of the 'usual suspects' – six of them – and ended in a replay of a finals match held at Buck's Billiards in Raleigh in June. On the weekend of July 30-31, Stevie Moore repeated a finals victory over Keith Bennett to capture the top prize in the $1,000-added stop on the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour, hosted by On The Snap Billiards, in Fuquay Varina, NC.

The 'suspects' were Moore, Bennett, B.J. Ussery, Michael Fuller, Mike Davis and Chris Turner. Ussery and Turner picked up the 'byes' in the opening round, as Moore defeated Fuller 8-6, and Bennett downed Davis 8-5. This created the winners' side final four, with Moore taking on Turner, and Ussery facing Bennett.

Moore defeated Turner 8-2, while Bennett locked up in a double hill struggle that eventually sent Ussery to the one-loss side. Moore moved into the hot seat with an 8-2 victory over Bennett, and didn't have to wait too long for him to get back.

Over on the one-loss side, in the 5th/6th matchups, Ussery got by Fuller 8-2, and Davis shut Turner out (Turner, the event's decided underdog, would later sink two balls in the event's break and run contest to pocket $86, and, in addition, win a $500 Limited Edition Jacoby Custom Cue). Ussery went on to defeat Davis 8-5 in the quarterfinals, and then, would fall to Bennett 8-6 in the semifinals.

Bennett turned back for the rematch against Moore in an extended race-to-11 finals. Moore took the opening two racks, and Bennett responded to tie things at 2-2. It was the last time the two would be tied. Moore made something of a spectacular jump shot to get out in the fifth rack, and then, added two, to go up by three at 5-2. The two traded racks back and forth, with Bennett having closed the gap to two at 7-5.

Moore put two more up, and he was ahead by four, when Bennett made a charge, pulling to within one at 9-8. Moore ran out off Bennett's next break to reach the hill, and though both got a chance at the table in the 19th rack, Moore hung on to win it, and capture his second stop on the Jacoby Tour at the expense of Bennett.