Hewitt Holds Off Souvanthong for Joss Billiards Victory
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Latham, NY
by Lea Andrews
Despite a strong push by tour hotshot Bucky Souvanthong, Montreal native Danny Hewitt made his way undefeated through a hefty field of 56 to reach the winner’s circle at the latest installment of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball tour. The $1,500-added main event was held January 29-30 at Diamond Eight Billiards in Latham, NY.
Hewitt got past tour director Mike Zuglan 9-6 to reach the hot seat match against Jarrod Clowery, who’d had his own 9-6 win over Bruce Carroll. Hewitt took care of Clowery quickly, sending him west 9-2.
On the left side of the bracket, Greg Antonakos, who’d been plowing through the one-loss side since his hill-hill loss to Clowery in the second round, ousted Paul Rozonewski 9-4 and Bruce Nagel 9-6 to face Carroll. Meanwhile, Souvanthong notched back-to-back 9-4 wins over Dave Varano and Jeff Smolen to once again face Zuglan, the one responsible for his earlier loss. After his 9-6 revenge, Souvanthong moved on to the quarterfinal match against Antonakos, who’d put Carroll into a fifth 9-2. Another lopsided match followed for Antonakos, but this time, he was on the other end of it, and he landed in fourth 9-3. Moving steadily along, Souvanthong kept Clowery from getting another shot at Hewitt, planting him in third 9-3 and advancing to the true double-elimination final match himself.
Souvanthong got out to a 3-1 lead, but Hewitt put together five racks in a row to go up 6-3. Souvanthong fought back to get within one at 7-6, but that’s as close as he came. Hewitt dropped the final 9 ball to claim his first win this season 9-7.
In Sunday’s $500-added non-pro second chance event, Reggie Cutler claimed the hot seat, but Phil Davis came through the left side of the 19-player field to reach the finals, and he took both sets 3-1 to claim first for himself.
The next $1,500/$500-added event will be held at Main St. Billiards in Amsterdam, NY, on February 19-20. Those interested in competing in the tour’s season finale, the Turning Stone Classic XVII, are urged to contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible.
Main Event Results:
1st Danny Hewitt $1,200
2nd Bucky Souvanthong $850
3rd Jarrod Clowery $600
4th Greg Antonakos $450
5th Bruce Carroll $350
7th Bruce Nagel $200
9th Dave Fernandez $100
Second Chance Results:
1st Phil Davis $330
2nd Reggie Cutler $200
3rd Brent Boemmels $150
4th Cleiton Rocha $100
5th Steve Way $50