Fury North Florida Tour Belongs to Aquino
Aquino, who leads in points in both the North and Central Florida tours, reached the hot seat match with five straight wins, including a 7-3 victory over Daniel. His hot seat opponent was David Ross, who had also breezed through the bracket. Both players made a stand, but Ross came out on top 7-5.
Meanwhile, in the one-loss side, Daniel was attempting to put together a run of his own, but Nate Hyward came out on top of their hill-hill battle. Next up for Hyward was Aquino in the semifinals, and Hyward, too, was looking for a little revenge, as his only defeat had come from Aquino in the opening rounds. But, again, Aquino was too strong, sending Hyward home with a third-place finish 5-3.
Aquino and Ross' rematch in the finals was bound to be intense, and they definitely lived up to that expectation. After Ross jumped out to a 4-1 lead, Aquino started to chip away, breaking and running the next game, followed by four more wins to take the lead at 6-4. The comeback didn't slow Ross down, though, as he took the next three games to regain the lead. After trading the next few games, the match reached hill-hill, with Aquino breaking and sinking two balls in the decisive rack. With no clear shot on the 1 ball, he and Ross decided to trade safes, but a few shots later, Ross watched as the cue ball slowly crawled right past the 1, giving ball in hand to Aquino. After he made the 1, Aquino lined up the 2-9 combo for the victory.
Results: 1st Julio Aquino, 2nd Dave Ross, 3rd Nate Hyward, 4th Tim Daniel, 5th Dave Foreman, Bryant Pinkley, 7th Robert Main, Richard Abrams