Zvi Double-Dips D’Alfonso in Joss Thriller
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / West Hempstead, NY
Zion Zvi came back from a daunting loss in the double-elimination final match of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour to defeat Tom D’Alfonso in the second and claim the title. The main event boasted a field of 32 players who came out to Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, Halloween weekend to vie for their share of the $3,500 prize fund.
Zvi and D’Alfonso first collided in the hot seat match—Zvi had sent Mike Badsteubner to the one-loss side 9-5, while D’Alfonso bested Manny Chau 9-6. In their winners’ side finals battle, it was Zvi who delivered a 9-1 blow to D’Alfonso to await a final opponent.
Fighting their way through the left side of the chart, Mika “Iceman” Immonen first eliminated Shaun Wilkie 9-4 and then tournament director Mike Zuglan 9-7, while Jeremy Sossei ousted Brent Boemmels 9-7 and Phil Davis 9-3. When Immonen and Sossei met, it was a hotly contested match, but the two-time U.S. Open champion was the one who moved on 9-6.
But in the semifinal match, Immonen came face to face with the player who had sent him to the one-loss side—D’Alfonso. And this time the outcome was no different. D’Alfonso sent Immonen home with third place with a 9-5 victory to advance to the finals.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, D’Alfonso was in charge and easily handled Zvi 9-4. The second set, though, was a different ballgame. Zvi jumped out to a commanding lead from the start, and despite a half-hearted comeback by D’Alfonso, it was too little, too late, as Zvi won the match 9-6.
In the second chance event, which does not allow pros to play, Bobby Blackmore lost his first match and then came back through the B side to win two sets in the finals over Vergara to take first place.
1st Zion Zvi $1100
2nd Tom D’Alfonso $750
3rd Mika Immonen $550
4th Jeremy Sossei $400
5th Mike Badsteubner $250
7th Mike Zuglan $100
Second Chance Results:
1st Bobby Blackmore $300
2nd Mhet Vergara $200
3rd Brent Boemmels $100