Morancie Earns $1,000.00
at The T8k 8-ball Tournament
Vincent Morris was very pleased with the outcome and
overwhelming support he received for his first T8k
8-ball tournament of the year. It was a very unique
event, the likes of which I've never seen and the
rules, well, let's just say, your game had to do the
tournament kicked off at around 2:00pm on Sunday,
March 15th, 2009 at Park Slope Billiards in Brooklyn
with some of the top amateur and intermediate players
from around New York City. Among the participants
on hand were six times BCA National Speed Pool Champion
Jason Kane, Tri-State Winner Yusuf Khan, Glen Anderson
and two time Tri-State Winner Raphael Dabreo. Their
turnout made for a tough field of competitors but
in the end, it was Joshua Morancie who would take
the title, going undefeated, and earning a payout
purse of a whapping $1,000.00.
The majority of the event consisted of members from
the American Poolplayers Association with skill levels
ranging from 2 to 9. Before kickoff, the tournament
director conducted a brief players meeting to go over
the rules and regulations regarding the event.
to some of the participants on hand, the rules for
sportsmanship conduct were so rigid that almost no
one in the entire room could be heard having a conversation
during play and when they did, it was usually to clarify
a rule, call a shot or have a ref oversee a hit.
was an amazing experience said one player. I've never
been in an event where the environment was so controlled
wanted to create an event that allowed for everyone
the opportunity to compete without any miss-direction
or distractions, remarked Vincent Morris. In tournaments
like these, there are usually some players who will
go to almost any length, to win. Knowing this, I wanted
to make it clear that in the T8k tournament, violators
would be penalized to the fullest extent, no exceptions.
We even had security on hand, in case someone had
to be escorted out.
Jason Kane was
an unstoppable force in the event and was seemingly
winning his matches two times faster than any other
competitor on the floor. In one astonishing match
he won with a score of 14-3 in under 45 minutes.
However, the grind of playing continuous matches of
different skill sets finally caught up to him and
was obvious during his match against Andrew Kane in
the semi finals of the GROUP 'B' side of the event.
Andrew played one of the best matches I've seen to
date, against Jason, arguably one of the best players
to ever compete in the American Poolplayers Association.
The two went head to head but in the end it was Andrew
who would be the victor.
On the GROUP 'A' side of the tournament, Jessica Hinds
and Joshua Morancie battled for first and a chance
to compete in the overall final, which would consist
of the winners of Groups 'A' and 'B', for a first
place pay-out of $1,000.00.
Joshua would prove to be too much for Jessica as fatigue
emerged during the final games of the match. She would
fall at second, tied with Jason Kane, and Joshua would
move on to meet Andrew in the finals.
The Final Match
Both competitors came out strong and for a while it
appeared as if Kane, the favorite to win it all, had
everything under control. The underdog in this case,
Joshua, a much lower skill player, never gave up and
not before long both players were head to head going
into the final rounds. It would come down to one bad
decision on the part of Kane that allowed his opponent
the opportunity to take the match. And take it he
did. Joshua Morancie defeated Andrew Kane in his first
ever major event and earned himself a first place
prize of $1,000.00.
1st Joshua Morancie - $1,000.00
2nd Andrew Kane - $400.00
3rd Jason Kane - $100.00
4th Jessica Hinds - $100.00
5th Noah Vogelman - $50.00
6th Dennis Gillyard - $50.00
7th Mark Gunnoe - $50.00
8th Joe Omole - $50.00
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Written By: Spoondog