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Abramowitz comes from the loss side to win his first Tri-State tournament

Ed Crespo, Scott Abramowitz and Rick Shellhouse

Scott Abramowitz had to deal with Rick Shellhouse twice, once on the winners' side of the bracket and later, in the semifinals, just for the chance to appear in his first Tri-State final. He took full advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself, winning three on the loss side and defeating Ed Crespo in the finals to win his first Tri-State Tour stop on Sunday, January 19. The $750-added event drew 25 entrants to Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ.
Following victories over Thomas Schuler, Ada Lio and a shutout versus John Greslik, Abramowitz moved among the winners' side final four, where he met up with Shellhouse for the first time. Crespo, in the meantime, squared off against Jamiyl Adams in the other winners' side semifinal. Shellhouse sent Abramowitz to the loss side 6-3, and in the hot seat match, faced Crespo, who'd defeated Adams 7-6. Crespo got into the hot seat 8-7 over Shellhouse.
Abramowitz began his loss-side trip to the finals against Mike Strassberg, who'd defeated Jan Mierzwa and Greslik, both 6-3. Adams met up with Vincent  Morris, who'd gotten by Paul Everton 7-4 and Louis Petronico 7-3. It was Abramowitz and Morris advancing to the quarterfinals; Abramowitz, 6-3 over Strassberg and Morris, 7-5 over Adams. 
Abramowitz survived a double hill match against Morris to earn himself a re-match against Shellhouse in the semifinals. He exacted his revenge, defeating Shellhouse 6-2, and turned to face Crespo in the hot seat. Abramowitz took a quick 3-0 lead, and after allowing Crespo a single game, won three more to make it 6-1. Crespo chalked up two in a row, before Abramowitz came back with one, to make it 7-3. Crespo took rack # 11, before Abramowitz chalked up two in a row to claim the event title.
Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at Clifton Billiards, as well as sponsors   Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics. The next stop on the Tri-State Tour, to be hosted by House of Billiards on Staten Island, NY, is scheduled for Saturday, January 26.

Liu gets by Cleary twice to take A-B Predator Stop

Qi Liu defeated Andrew Cleary twice, once in the battle for the hot seat and again in the finals, to take top honors in the Predator Tour’s A-B handicapped event on the weekend of June 2-3. The $500-added event drew 52 entrants to Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY.

In the winners’ side semifinals, Liu sent Raj Vannala west 7-6, as Cleary was busy defeating John Greslik 7-5. Liu took the hot seat match 10-8 and waited for Cleary to come back.

On the loss-side, Vannala met up with Giovanni Hosang, who’d defeated Shawn Sookhai and Lionel Rivera, both 7-5, to reach him. Greslik drew Charles Young, who’d gotten by Tony Ignomirello, double hill, and Steve Wade 7-3. Young made Greslik’s loss-side trip short with a 7-3 victory, as Vannala downed Hosang 7-5. In the quarterfinals that followed, Young ended Vannala’s weekend 8-6.

Cleary, though, finished Young’s loss-side streak with a 7-4 victory that gave him a second crack at Liu. Cleary battled in the single set finals, but Liu prevailed 10-9 to capture the event title.