Saez gets by Zvi twice to go undefeated at Predator Open/Pro event

Robb Saez (File photo courtesy of Diana Hoppe)

Robb Saez got by Zion Zvi twice - once among the winners' side final four and again, in the finals - to take top honors in the Predator Tour's Open/Pro event on Sunday, March 18. Run concurrently with an Amateur event (see related report), the $500-added Open/Pro event drew 13 entrants to Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY.

In their first of two, Saez sent Zvi west 7-4 and turned to face Tony Robles in the battle for the hot seat. Robles had sent Greg McAndrews to the loss side 7-3. Saez got into the hot seat with a 7-4 win over Robles.

Zvi moved to the loss side where he picked up Sean Morgan, who'd defeated Jerry Tarantola 7-1 and survived a double hill battle against Frankie Hernandez. McAndrews drew Jennifer Barretta, who'd gotten by Mhet Vergara double hill and Lionel Rivera 7-1. By identical 7-4 scores, Zvi and Barretta defeated Morgan and McAndrews and squared off against each other in the quarterfinals. 

Zvi then defeated both Barretta in the quarterfinals and Robles in the semifinals by a score of 7-2.

The re-match in the finals saw Zvi and Saez battle to double hill before Saez sunk the final ball to secure the event title.

Thanks were extended to the ownership and staff of Steinway Billiards, as well as sponsors Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 racks, Poison Cues,, and NYCGrind.