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Davladze chalks up second, undefeated win on the Tri-State Tour

Owner-Operator Kevin Buckley, Ambi Estevez, Koka Davladze and Keith Diaz

The last time Koka Davladze won a Tri-State Tour stop (September 14, 2013 at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY), he went undefeated through a field of 64 and opted out of a final match against runner-up Chris DeCaprio, with whom he split the top prize. On Saturday, March 8, he went undefeated through a shorter field of 24, during a $1,500-added Tri-State event, hosted by the same room. This time, though, he played a final match, coming from behind to defeat Keith Diaz and claim the top prize.
Davladze's path went through Andrzej Kaldan, and Luis Jimenez, before running into Keith Adamik in a winners' side semifinal. Diaz and Ambi Estevez met in the other one. Davladze advanced to the hot seat match 7-4 over Adamik, as Diaz was sending Estevez to the losers' bracket 6-4. In their first of two, Davladze defeated Diaz 9-6 and sat in the hot seat to await his return.
Keith Adamik moved to the loss side and ran immediately into Wesley Kennedy, who'd been defeated by Gary O'Callaghan in the opening round of play, and was in the midst of a five-match loss-side streak that would take him to the quarterfinals. He'd gotten by Luis Jimenez 7-3 and Bogie Uzdejczyk 7-5 to draw Adamik. Uzdejczyk had just spoiled Kennedy's chance for a re-match against O'Callaghan by defeating O'Callaghan 7-6. Estevez picked up Eddie Perez, who'd gotten by Mike Harrington 6-5 and Jud Parker 6-1, to reach him.
Kennedy completed his loss-side winning streak with a 7-4 victory over Adamik, while Estevez downed Perez 6-3. Estevez brought Kennedy's streak to an end with an 8-4 victory in the quarterfinals, and had his own streak broken by Diaz, 6-3, in the semifinals.
Diaz jumped out to a 4-0 lead in his re-match against Davladze in the finals, but Davladze roared back with a run of his own, to an eventual 5-5 tie. Diaz would only win one of the next five, as Davladze moved on to completed his undefeated run and claim the top prize, this time, all to himself.
Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at Gotham City Billiards, as well as sponsors Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics. There will be two Tri-State events, at separate locations, on the weekend of March 22-23; the first on Saturday, March 22 will be hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens, NY, and the second on Sunday, March 23, at On the Snap Billiards in Sayerville, NJ.

Sudden death, single game gives Arturo Reyes a Tri-State victory

Tony Ignomirello and Arturo Reyes

An unexpected and unspecified emergency forced Alex Osipov to shorten the finals of the Tri-State Tour stop on February 26. Sitting in the hot seat, playing that final match against Arturo Reyes, Osipov received an urgent phone call that required him to leave quickly. The two opted to make it a single game, ‘sudden death’ match for the event victory, and it was Reyes who won it. The $1,000-added, A-D handicapped event drew 45 entrants to the Cue Bar in Bayside, NY.

The two had met first in the battle for the hot seat. Osipov had sent Ramon Feliciano west 7-3, while Reyes was busy defeating Wesley Kennedy 7-4. Osipov got into the hot seat with a 7-5 win and waited for the ill-fated final matchup.

Feliciano moved to the loss side and picked up Tony Ignomirello, in the midst of a six-match winning streak that would get him into the semifinals. He (Ignomirello) defeated Jerica Dela Cruz 6-4, and Tyronnie Harlee 7-6 to reach Feliciano. Kennedy drew Bryan Jeziorski, who’d dropped Justin Miller 7-1 and Ed Hugh 7-4.

Jeziorski ended Kennedy’s day 7-1 and moved into the quarterfinals against Ignomirello, who’d defeated Feliciano 6-4. Ignomirello’s winning streak ended with a 7-3 victory over Jeziorski. Reyes won the semifinal match against him 7-5, and then went on to the ‘sudden death’ final game, winning it to capture the event title.

Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at the Cue Bar for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Ron Tarr Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics. Next stop on the Tri-State Tour is a $500-added A-D handicapped event, scheduled for March 3 at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.