Scott Bannon Undefeated At Castle Billiards

Posted on by Keith Diaz

Saturday, December 7th held the latest edition to the Tri-State Tour. The $1,000-added A/D amateur 9-Ball event, hosted by Castle Billiards (East Rutherford, NJ), attracted 31 players to the field.

In this event, Scott Bannon would go undefeated with wins over room owner and tour veteran John Trobiano (7-5) and successful hot seat match against Dennis Kennedy (9-6).
Paul Wilkens fought hard through the west side of the bracket, defeating Mike Figueroa (6-3), Jamiyl Adams (6-4), and Jan Mierzwa (6-2) to make it to the quarterfinal.

Meeting Wilkens in the quarterfinal was Castle sponsored player Borana Andoni. The duo went all the way to 6-6, when Andoni missed the nine for the win. Wilkens followed by making a full-table bank on the nine to win 7-6 and move on to the semifinal, while Andoni finished in fourth place.

In the semifinal match, Dennis Kennedy finished strong against Paul Wilkens at 6-3, and Wilkens ended his tournament run with a well-earned third place finish. Kennedy moved on to the final to face Bannon for second time, but due to Kennedy’s back issue, both players opted for splitting the final round, and Bannon claimed the win as the undefeated player.

Dennis Kennedy (2nd), Scott Bannon (1st), Paul Wilkens (3rd)

Special thanks go to Sterling Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

Top Finishers & Payouts:

1st: Scott Bannon – $500
2nd: Dennis Kennedy – $325
3rd: Paul Wilkins – $200
4th: Borana Andoni – $120
5th/6th: John Trobiano, Jan Mierzwa – $85
7th/8th: Ricardo Mejia, Jamiyl Adams – $60

The next Tri-State stop will be an A/D, $1,000-added event on December 14 at Steinway Billiards (Astoria, Queens, NY). Visit for more tour information.

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