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Basavich on Top at Ocean State
Jan 31, 2005, 3:50 PM

Continuing his amazing coming-out year of tournament play, Danny "Kid Delicious" Basavich won the Joss N.E. 9-Ball Tour's 16th Ocean State 9-Ball Championship.

The field of 75 that showed up at Snooker's Cafe & Billiards in Providence, RI, Jan. 29-30, included recognized names such as Joe Tucker, Frankie Hernandez, Tony Robles and Joey Korsiak. Basavich bested them all, facing Tucker in the finals after sending him to the one-loss side in the third round. Though Tucker got to a 4-0 lead in the championship match, Basavich got to the table in game seven and won the next seven straight games to win it all, 9-4.

"Joe Tucker actually ran the first 4 racks, and was up 4-0," Basavich said. "I didn't run all of my games, but I'd run three racks, then run another three racks, like that."

Things keep just keep getting better for Basavich, with his "Kid Delicious" cue sticks and a four-disc DVD set selling like hotcakes. But the capper by far is his game: "I'm playing the best I've ever played," Basavich said. "[At Ocean City] nobody got past 4 games against me the whole tournament. I'm not being cocky I can't believe how things are going myself."

Basavich collected $2,500 for the win, while Tucker settled for $1,800.