Novas Nails Tri-State Billiard Title
Tri-State Tour / New York, NY
by InsidePOOL Staff
Luis Novas came back from a loss in the hot seat match to double-dip Atif Khan in the final match of the May 26 stop on the Tri-State Tour. Amsterdam Billiards and Bar in New York, NY, hosted a field of 49 B-D players, who vied for the $1,000-added prize purse.
A 7-5 victory over Rhio Anne Flores put Novas in the hot seat match against Khan, who had just bested Juan Guzman 7-5. Khan had few problems sending Novas to the west side of the chart with a 7-2 decision.
Fresh off a 7-5 victory over Carl Ysuf Khan, Koka Davladze awaited Flores and eliminated her in fifth place 7-3. Tying with Flores was Arturo Reyes, who was ousted by Juan Guzman 7-3. In the quarterfinal match, Guzman triumphed over Davladze 7-3.
A determined Novas sent Guzman packing in third place with a 7-4 win in the semifinal match. In the double-elimination finals, a rematch between Novas and Khan, Novas dominated the first set 7-2 and only allowed Khan one additional rack in the second, winning 7-3.
1st Luis Novas $1,000
2nd Atif Khan $600
3rd Juan Guzman $400
4th Koka Davladze $260
5th Rhio Anne Flores $160
7th Carl Ysuf Khan $120
9th Tony Ignomirello $80
Shih Wei Chiang