On day three of the Efren Reyes vs Earl Strickland ‘Last Showdown’…10-ball was the name of the game at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY in NYC. With an even bigger turnout of pool fans than the previous two nights, the match got underway at 8:00pm Eastern time, and was streamed live in a co-production between NYCgrind.com and InsidePoolMag.com via InsidePool.tv.
Click the links below to read our recaps from the first two days:
From the start of day three, Reyes got a hold of the lead in the race to twenty-one, played on Steinway’s single ten-foot table. He stayed one step ahead of Strickland at 3-2 and 4-3, and went on to take a 7-4 lead.
“The Magician” found his groove in this match, while he faltered more frequently in the previous nights’ matches. Strickland did not seem to have the same spark as in his wins in 9-ball and 8-ball, and gave Reyes more opportunities to put together racks.
Efren Reyes held the lead throughout the the match, and worked his way out of some trouble spots along the way. From 14-6, Reyes continued upward, going to 16-10, 18-12, before putting the match away by a final score of 21-15.
Both Strickland and Reyes put on an entertaining night of pool for the over 400 fans at Steinway Billiards, and those who were tuned in to the live stream from NYCgrind.com and InsidePool Magazine on InsidePool.tv. It was definitely a match that was highly-anticipated by everyone involved.
Stay tuned for our upcoming ‘Super News Spotlight Video’ from the three-day battle, coming soon.
After the challenge match completed, the raffle was drawn for the Predator IKON cue that was donated to benefit the Long Island City Boys Gymnastics Team, which Tony Robles’ son Jonathan is a member of. Hundreds of tickets were sold for the raffle of the cue, which was signed by pros including Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Earl Strickland, Warren Kiamco, Mike Dechaine, Tony Robles, Jayson Shaw, and others. The winner of the cue would be local regular Steinway player Glenn Ramsey. Congratulations, Glenn!