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Brucato goes 5-1 to take Western New York Tour stop

It did not begin well for tour director Nick Brucato on his most recent Western New York Tour stop on Sunday, July 8. As a late addition to his tour schedule, the event, hosted by Breaker’s Billiards in Pittsburgh, PA, drew only 7 entrants. He was fortunate enough to be the player who drew the opening round bye in the 8-player bracket, but was sent immediately to the loss side by Jim Udishes. He returned, though, and double dipped Udishes to take the event title.

Udishes, Nick St. James, and Richard Namie were the opening round winners over Paul Motty, Jr. (owner of Breaker’s Billiards), Andy Shaw and Butch Weimer. This created the winners’ side final four matchups between Udishes and Brucato, and St. James versus Namie. Udishes shut Brucato out and advanced to the hot seat match against Namie, who’d defeated St. James 6-4. Udishes got into the hot seat with a 6-3 victory over Namie.

Brucato went to work on the loss side. He met up first with Weimer, who’d downed Shaw 6-3. St. James picked up Motty, Jr., who’d been awarded a loss-side bye. St. James and Brucato advanced to the quarterfinals with identical 6-2 victories over Motty, Jr. and Weimer.

Over the next 29 games, Brucato would give up only five racks. He allowed St. James two in the quarterfinals, and gave up only one to Namie in the semifinals that followed. He avenged his first-round loss in mirror fashion, shutting Udishes out in the opening set of the true double elimination finals, and completed his five-match winning streak with a 6-2 victory that sealed the deal.

Weimer takes two out of three versus McClain to take Western New York Tour stop

Butch Weimer and Mike McClain met in the hot seat and finals of the Saturday, April 21 stop on the Western New York tour, with Weimer taking two of the three to capture the event title. The $100-added event drew 13 entrants to Breaker’s Billiards in Pittsburgh, PA.

They met first in the battle for the hot seat, once Weimer had sent tour director Nick Brucato west 6-1 and McClain had defeated Chip Klein 6-4. They battled to double hill in the first of their three before Weimer prevailed to sit in the hot seat.

Brucato moved to the loss side and picked up Ronnie Beard, who’d defeated Brock Watson 6-3, and Nick St. James in a double hill fight. Klein drew Tim McCue, who’d shut out Stephen Holton and defeated Andy Shaw 6-4. Beard survived a double hill battle versus Brucato, as Klein was downing McCue 6-2.

It was Beard prevailing in the quarterfinals, 6-2, over Klein, and getting a shot at McClain in the semifinals. McClain, though, ended Beard’s four-win, loss-side streak with a 6-4 victory that got him a second, and, as it turned out, third shot versus Weimer.

McClain took the first set of the true double elimination final 6-4, but Weimer came back to chalk up the same score in the second set and secure the event title.

Next stop on the Western New York Tour is set for Saturday, April 28, at Premium Billiards in Syracuse, NY.