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Ussery and Vance split top prizes at Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour stop in TN

BJ Ussery

In what shaped up to be only his second cash finish on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, Reid Vance, in agreement with BJ Ussery, opted out of a final match at the February 22-23 stop on the tour. It was Vance’s second finish as runner-up, having finished behind Ricky Bingham at a stop in September, 2018. Vance had gotten into the hot seat at that event, only to be double-dipped by Bingham in the true double elimination final. This time, around, at the same location – Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN – it was BJ Ussery in the hot seat, with Vance coming from the loss side to challenge and ultimately, to negotiate an equitable split of the top two cash prizes. The event drew 68 entrants to Borderline Billiards.
They might have met in the hot seat match, had Joe Edmisten not defeated Vance in one of the winners’ side semifinals 5-4 (Vance racing to 6). Edmisten went on to face Ussery, who’d sent Hank Powell west 12-4 in the other winners’ side semifinal. Ussery and Edmisten fought to double hill (11-4) before Ussery prevailed in what proved to be his last match.
On the loss side, Vance began his three-match trip back to the finals against Anthony Mabe, who’d defeated Tyler Mayfield 7-3 and Jaiden Hess 7-1 to reach him. Hank Powell picked up a rematch against a former junior player, Anthony Adams, whom he’d defeated in the event’s second round. Adams embarked on a nine-match, loss side winning streak that had most recently included victories over Matt Shaw 6-3 and Brandon Helton 6-1.
Vance got into the quarterfinals with a 6-4 win over Mabe. He was joined by Adams, who’d battled in his Powell rematch to double hill before advancing to take on Vance. Though Adams would battle Vance to double hill as well in those quarterfinals, Vance prevailed in the end.
Vance made short work of Edmisten in the semifinals that followed. Vance’s 6-1 victory assured him at minimum, another runner-up finish on the tour. The agreement with Ussery to split made it official. As the undefeated occupant of the hot seat, Ussery claimed the official title.
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Janet Atwell and her staff at Borderline Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, Delta 13 Racks, AZ Billiards and Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine. The next stop on the tour, scheduled for March 1-2, will be the 2020 NC State 9-Ball Open, a $500-added event, hosted by Randolph’s Billiards in Hickory, NC.

Boles and Pinegar split top prizes on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

There were a number of factors which contributed to Alex Boles and Jonathan (Hennessee from Tennessee) Pinegar's decision to split the top two prizes on the Viking Cues' Q City 9-Ball Tour stop on Memorial Day weekend (May 27-28). One of them was dawn on Sunday, May 28. Another was a striking difference in skill levels, related to their ages (Boles is 15, Pinegar is. . . much older). Among the most significant, however, was the fact that they'd driven to the event together and when it came down to the finals, with the youngster Boles in the hot seat, and the veteran Pinegar having just completed a seven-match, loss-side run, well. . .there was, so to speak, no contest. The undefeated Boles became the event winner and Pinegar gladly settled for runner-up. The event drew 28 entrants to Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.
With Pinegar already at work on the loss side, the teenager (Boles) advanced to a winners' side semifinal against Scott Howard. Randall Bowman, in the meantime, faced Josh Williams. Boles downed Howard 5-5 (Howard racing to 7), and in the hot seat match, faced Bowman, who'd sent Williams west 6-4. Boles claimed the hot seat 5-3 over Bowman.
Two matches in to his loss-side run, Pinegar defeated Brandon Kidwell 12-4 and Buffie Jolie 12-1, to pick up Williams. Howard drew Scott Roberts, who'd defeated Brandon Helton 7-2 (thus, denying Pinegar the pleasure of a re-match) and Jerry Ray 7-4 to reach him. Pinegar downed Williams 12-2, as one 'Scott' (Howard) downed the other 'Scott' (Roberts) 7-4.
Howard put up a bit of a fight against Pinegar in the quarterfinals, battling to double hill (11-6), before Pinegar finished it at 12-6. Pinegar then gave up only a single rack to Bowman in the semifinals, completing his loss-side run. The decision was made at dawn (more or less) to split the top two prizes, leaving the undefeated Boles in possession of the event title.
Tour director Herman Parker thanked Janet Atwell and her staff at Borderline Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues' Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for June 3-4, will be hosted by Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA.

De Luna signs on to the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour and goes undefeated to win it

Jeffrey De Luna has been a well-respected and successful competitor from the Philippines for a little over 10 years now. Exactly 10 years ago, he climbed to #37 on our Money Leaderboard, having chalked up victories in the Manny Pacquiao International 9-Ball Open (defeating Dennis Orcollo in the finals) and the World 9-Ball Challenge (a Philippines vs. The World team event, in which he and four others, including Ronnie Alcano, defeated a World team), both in the Philippines.  On the weekend of February 25-26, he visited Janet Atwell's room, Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN, to join 65 other competitors on the Viking Cues' Q City 9-Ball Tour. Sporting a lofty handicap that required him to win 13 games before many of his opponents had to reach 9 games or less, De Luna went undefeated to claim the title.
De Luna's opponent in both the hot seat match and finals, Brandon Kidwell, was racing to 8 in games against him, and though he was soundly defeated in their first encounter, he forced a deciding game in the finals. Getting into the hot seat match, De Luna had shut out Brandon Helton, as Kidwell was busy sending Robbie West, west, 8-4. De Luna claimed the hot seat with a 13-3 victory over Kidwell.
On the loss side, with players racing to sometimes half (or less) the number of games De Luna had to win, Helton picked up Ikey Maynard, who'd defeated Randall Bowman and Bryan Pate, both 7-3, to reach him. West drew Doug Schulz, who'd eliminated Tim Krigler 8-2, and Shane Wolford 8-5. Maynard downed Helton, who was eliminated having chalked up only a single rack (to Maynard) in his last 21 games (giving up 13 to De Luna and 8 to Maynard). West, in the meantime, defeated Schulz 6-4.
West took the quarterfinal match 6-2 over Maynard, before being shut out 8-0 by Kidwell in the semifinals. That strong semifinal showing led Kidwell into the finals for a second shot against De Luna. The match went double hill (12-7) before De Luna completed his undefeated run to claim the event title.
Tour director Herman Parker thanked Janet Atwell and her staff at Borderline Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues' Q City 9-Ball Tour, a $500-added event, scheduled for this weekend (March 4-5), will play out on the Diamond 'bar box' tables of Cue Time in Spartanburg, SC.