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USAFE pool sharks compete at Aviano

Reinaldo DeJesus lines up a shot during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Pool Shark tournament here Feb. 22-23. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Michael Dorus)

Reinaldo DeJesus lines up a shot during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Pool Shark tournament here Feb. 22-23. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Michael Dorus)

Robert Ramirez chalks his pool cue during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Pool Shark tournament here Feb. 22-23. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Michael Dorus)

Robert Ramirez chalks his pool cue during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Pool Shark tournament here Feb. 22-23. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Michael Dorus)

Aviano Air Base, Italy -- Eleven teams representing bases throughout U.S. Air Forces in Europe met at the Aviano Community Center Feb. 22-23 to determine the best pool shark in the command during the USAFE Pool Shark tournament. 

Two-man teams played against each other with the first team to win five games winning the round and moving on to the winner's bracket. The opposing team moved to the loser's bracket. The tournament was double elimination, meaning if a team lost in the winner's bracket and the losers bracket, they were out. 

Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, won first place in the tournament and received $400; Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, won second place and received $300; and Royal Air Force Lakenheath England, won third place and received $200. 

Five rounds were played and the team from Aviano was knocked out in the third round.
"We won more games, but we got eliminated," said Robert Ramirez, a 12 year billiard veteran from the 603rd Air Control Squadron. "We could've won the whole thing, but lady luck wasn't on our side that day." 

Representing Aviano with Ramirez was Reinaldo DeJesus, a nine-year billiard veteran from the 31st Maintenance Squadron. 

"We had some really rough rounds," said DeJesus. "The tournament was fun. It's good to meet people from other bases and get to know them and play against them. We'll try to have better luck next year."