Seminole Pro Tour Hits Hot-lantaby Skip MaloneyThe second event of the Seminole Pro Tour kicked off Friday at Mr. Cues II Billiards in Atlanta, GA, and now heads into its final day with 12 players returning to battle it out for the $8,000-added prize purse.In a first-round upset, Nevel won double-hill over Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer 7-6, sending Archer to the one-loss bracket early. Nevel followed him there in the next match after facing the winner of the tour’s opening event in Palm Harbors, FL, last month, Sparky Ferrell, who bested Nevel 7-5.Suddenly Nevel and Archer were on the opposite ends of a new bracket, where they both worked their way through 4 opponents and prepared themselves for a possible rematch among the final 12.On the winners’ side, Ferrell went on to defeat Louis Ulrich 7-5 before running into the hot cue of Jeremy “Double J” Jones, who, after narrowly defeating Clint McCullough 7-6 in the opening round, lost only 3 of the next 17 games he played on his way to the face-off against Ferrell, whom he then defeated 8-2.Corey Deuel, in the meantime, last year’s Player of the Year on the Seminole Tour, was on something of a hot streak as well. He drew a bye in the opening round and then proceeded to best his first three opponents—Paul Song, Gabe Owen, and Jason Richko—by a combined score of 22-6. Deuel and Jones are set to square off Sunday morning. They are joined on the winners’ side by Mitch Yarborough and Jonathan Pinegar, both of whom also drew first-round byes.Nevel will try to get by Jason Richko in his opening round Sunday, while Archer will take on Dave Grossman, who got by his first four opponents before running in to Mitch Yarborough, who defeated him 8-4. After a 7-6 win over Duane Bourgeois in the opening round, Tommy Kennedy dropped his second-round match to Tony Crosby double-hill and will face Ferrell. Jesse Middlebrooks, who lost a second-round match to Johnny Mattowa 7-2, will meet Steve Moore, who had worked his way through three opponents in the winners’ bracket before falling to Pinegar 8-3.The $8,000-added event ($6K from the sponsoring Seminole Tribe and $2K from Cues II Billiards) will hand the winner $3,000. Second place will earn $2,200.Visit InsidePOOL for the latest news on the sport of billiards and pool.

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