Paragas goes undefeated to win Mac Attack Tour Stop #3

Brandon Alli and Raymond Paragas

The Mac Attack Tour went back to its inaugural venue, Breakers Billiards in Clifton, NJ, for its third stop this past weekend (Sunday, Oct. 4), where Raymond Paragas and Brandon Alli battled twice to claim the event title. Paragas completed an undefeated run with a victory in the finals of the event, which drew 38 entrants to Breakers Billiards.

Paragas, working initially in the upper bracket (A/B players), got by Kyle Manuel, Sebastian Kas, Ric Geronimo, and Silky Acosta to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal match against Henry Cha. In the lower bracket, Alli had defeated Boojie Oraa, and then survived two straight double hill battles versus Suzzie Wong and Sumit Bansal to arrive at his winners’ side semifinal match against Ameer Persaud. 

Paragas sent Cha to the loss side 7-5, as Alli downed Persaud 6-4. In their first of two, Paragas claimed the hot seat 6-2 and waited for his return.

On the loss side, Cha and Persaud arrived to compete in the first money round. Cha drew Jimmy Acosta, who’d just won a double hill match against Levie Lampaan and eliminated Joe Valania (the previous week’s official winner, who split the top two prizes with Daniel Dagotdot) 7-3. Persaud picked up Sumit Bansal, who’d defeated Mike Strassberg 5-2 and Marc Lamberti 5-3.

Cha defeated Acosta 5-2 and was joined in the quarterfinals by Bansal, who’d battled Persaud to a double hill deciding game before prevailing 5-4. Bansal ended up on the wrong side of his second straight double hill match, as Cha defeated him 7-6 for a shot at Alli in the semifinals.

Alli, though, spoiled Cha’s efforts for a rematch against Paragas by downing him 7-5 in the semifinals. Momentum didn’t help and Paragas did not appear affected by his wait in the hot seat. Paragas had given up two games to Alli in the battle for the hot seat. He reduced that down to one in the finals to claim the event title.

Mac Jankov thanked the ownership and staff at Breaker’s Billiards for their hospitality, as well as Paul Spaanstra, owner of Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, NJ, who opened his room to the Mac Attack Tour for Stop #4, this coming weekend (Saturday, Oct. 10).