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Quinton Scott: 3rd Grade Pool Shark

Story By: Brian Skowronski

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  Original Published: 4/2/2013

People say if you want to master the art of a particular activity that it's best to start young. And at the tender age of nine, Mansfield's Quinton Scott is well on his way to doing so in the game of billiards.

Quinton picked up the game just two years ago when father Marlin bought a pool table for their home and the Scott's have been competing on the felt ever sense. Marlin says he has been playing for about a decade and was happy that Quinton immediately took to the game he loved, but the skill set took a while to develop.

Quinton says when he first began playing at age seven that he could barely even hold the stick. Fast forward two years later and things have changed quite a bit. Quinton says he plays an average of 1-2 hours per day and frequently beats adults at Sundown Billiards on Indiana Ave in Mansfield.

Marlin also takes Quinton to Canton on occassion to play kids his age, but the 3rd grade pool shark says he usually makes light work of the competition there. That likely will not be the case this weekend when the Scott's head to Edison, New Jersey for the Super Billiard Expo where Quinton will compete against some of the top players in the country in the 12 and under bracket. Quinton says he hopes to bring home a trophy from the event and is confident he will do so, but was absolutely sure he would take home the title when WMFD's Brian Skowronski challenged him to a best of three series in 8-ball.

Under the bright lights and with camera's following the action, Quinton calmy took down Skowronski in the first game to take a 1-0 lead. But a string of bad breaks and some lucky shots by Skowronski would have the series tied at 1-1 and send it into the third and deciding game. Skowronski started the final game hot, pocketing all but one of his balls while Scott still had three remaining on the table, but in typical pool shark fashion the 9-year-old made three straight balls and the eight ball to close out the series and gain a little more confidence before making the trip to New Jersey.

An extended feature of Scott and Skowronski's game as well as Quinton's results at the Super Billiard Expo can be seen on an edition of WMFD's Sport's Weekend Magazine in May.  

   
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