Ochoa and Poon Win Biggest Lone Star Billiards Event Ever
Lone Star Billiards Tour / Spring, TX

by InsidePOOL Staff

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During the July 23-24 weekend the Lone Star Billiards Tour event held a 9-ball extravaganza in Spring, TX, that broke its all-time player attendance record of 98 players in 2009. Billy Sharp, Sylver Ochoa, Ernesto Bayaua

During the July 23-24 weekend the Lone Star Billiards Tour event held a 9-ball extravaganza in Spring, TX, that broke its all-time player attendance record of 98 players in 2009. This weekend at Big Tyme Billiards there were 99 individual players and 124 total entries that spanned five divisions, with Sylver Ochoa, Jonathan Poon, Terry Petrosino, and Joey Torres earning top finishes.

Saturday’s 9-ball action yielded 37 participants and a few surprises on the way to the final 12 for Sunday. During Sunday’s final four undefeated match-ups, Chuck Coignard caved to Ernesto Bayaua 9-5, and Ochoa bested Jason Pearce 9-4. On the west side, Grady Cooper, Mark Avery, Will Felder, and Jim Walker made Sunday’s cut, but it was Billy Sharp and Jason Bacon who both won six consecutive matches after early losses to meet one another in the quarterfinals, with Sharp edging out Bacon hill-hill. Vying for his first LSBT victory, Bayaua bested Sharp 7-5 but fell to multi-event winner Ochoa in the final match 9-5.

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Shane Thompson, Joey Torres, Jonathan Poon

The amateur 9-ball side was filled with players from all over Texas. The action was non-stop as 58 players competed for $2,300 in prize money and a shot at a Lone Star amateur title. On the winners’ side final eight, Poon defeated Eric Gauthier 4-2, Shane Thompson bested Keil Perry 4-3, Joey Torres ousted Steve Lindgren 4-2, and Frank Gonzalez put away Cody Broadway 4-3. Gonzalez and Thompson lost their bids for the hot seat match to Poon and Torres, respectively. The one-loss side final eight included Ron Wrobleski, John Powers, Mitchell Lang, Bubba Wall, Bob McFerren, Bill Fain, Dan Barton, and Viet Do. When the smoke cleared, it was Shane Thompson who emerged to challenge Poon, who lost the hot seat earlier to Torres 7-1. After Thompson missed a crucial 7 ball to tie the match, he was eliminated by Poon 4-2. In the finals, Poon came on strong with a vengeance and bested Torres two sets by scores of 4-1, 4-1.

In the six-player one-pocket division, Ochoa captured the winners’ bracket over Mike Alonzo, while Carl Miranda bested Ernesto Bayaua 2-1 and Dan Barton 2-0. Miranda was eliminated by Alonzo 2-0, and in turn, Alonzo was eliminated by Ochoa in the final match.

The ladies’ 9-ball division yielded 13 competitors who played for over $600 in prize money. It was a mother and daughter shoot-out for the hot seat with Terry and Robyn Petrosino, while Angela Martinez blazed through the one-loss side after her first round loss to Belinda Lee. Rebecca Riley and Mercedes Perez lost their bids for the hot seat match. On the west side Riley defeated Belinda Lee 5-3 and advanced to the final four on the one-loss side, while Martinez eliminated Perez 5-1 and then Riley 5-4. Robyn Petrosino captured the hot seat, while the elder Petrosino plowed through Martinez 5-1 to meet her daughter once again. This time it was a different story as Terry Petrosino bested the junior to win this weekend’s ladies amateur event.

Three pairs of siblings competed in the ten-player junior 9-ball division. On the final four winners’ side, Joey Torres bested brother J.C. and Mike Calderaro beat Ron Esman. On the west side, Kody Thompson eliminated sister Nicole, and Michael Fain ousted Nick Calderaro. Meanwhile, Torres captured the hot seat 7-1 over Nick Calderaro. Big brother then took care of Fain and Calderaro, only to lose at the hands of his younger brother 7-5.

Robyn Petrosino, Terry Petrosino, Angela Martinez

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