Chong goes undefeated on Tri-State stop
Skip Maloney - AzB Staff
Mar. 28, 2017
Kevin Chong and Esteban Morrell Jr.
Kevin Chong and Esteban Morrell Jr.
Kevin Chong and Esteban Morrell, Jr. fought two double hill battles in pursuit of a Tri-State victory on Sunday March 26. Chong won them both to claim the $500-added event that drew 25 entrants to Cue Bar Billiards and Lounge in Bayside, Queens, NY.
 
Following victories over Suzie Wong, Raymond Lee, and Allison LaFleur, Chong advanced to a winners' side semifinal against Greg Matos. Morrell, in the meantime, faced Stewart Warnock, Sr., who's joined his son (Jr.) competing on the Tri-State Tour. Chong downed Matos 5-3, as Morell was sending Warnock, Sr. to the loss side 7-5. Chong claimed the hot seat with the first of two double hill wins over Morrell.
 
On the loss side, Matos drew Wong, who'd defeated Bob Toomey 6-1, and John DeNoia 5-1 to reach him. Warnock picked up Jim Guttierez, who'd eliminated Raymond Lee 6-1 and Erick Carrasco 6-2. 
 
Matos got by Wong 6-4, and in the quarterfinals, faced Guttierez, who'd defeated Warnock, Sr. 5-3. Matos advanced one more step, downing Guttierez 5-3, before himself being eliminated by Morrell in the semifinals 5-3.
 
A second double hill bout for the title was on. They went back and forth through eight games before Chong won it 5-4 to claim the event title.
 
Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at Cue Bar, as well as sponsors Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners. The Tri-State Tour will take a small hiatus, as the Super Billiards Expo takes center-stage at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, in Oaks, PA, which will begin this Thursday (March 30). The next stop on the Tri-State Tour, scheduled for April 9, will be hosted by Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ.