Casanzio Captures Joss Billiards Win
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Clifton Park, NY
It was a narrow escape for Ron Casanzio in the double-elimination finals of the March 17-18 stop of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, but he edged past Greg Antonakos to take the title. The $1,500-added stop drew 35 players to trick shot Billiards and Sports Pub in Clifton Park, NY.
Antonakos and Casanzio first collided in the winners’ side final four, where Casanzio eked out a hill-hill victory to reach the hot seat. His opponent there, Jeremy Sossei, had just delivered the first loss to Angelo Hilton 9-7. The next round was another nail-biter, but Casanzio captured the hot seat 9-8 over Sossei.
With a 9-6 victory over Paul Rozonewski, Antonakos moved on to the quarterfinal match to face off against tournament promoter Mike Zuglan, who had just eliminated Hilton in fifth place 9-6. Antonakos was able to stay alive with a 9-4 win and advance to meet Sossei.
In the semifinals it was all Antonakos, as he sent Sossei home with a third-place finish 9-6. The true double-elimination final match saw Antonakos continue his hot streak by winning the first set 9-6. However, in the second set Casanzio rallied to thwart Antonakos and win the title 9-5.
In the $500-added second chance event, 17 players vied for the $300 first-place prize. Doug Wells won the hot seat over Bruce Carroll 3-1, sending him to the west side of the chart. Carroll returned to face Wells again in the finals after eliminating Jeff Smolen 3-0. Carroll won the first set of the final match 3-0, but Wells turned the tables and took the second set 3-1 for the win. Carroll collected $210 for first, while Smolen earned $150 for third. Kevin Ketz took $100 for his fourth-place finish, and Dan Menzies and Paul Picard picked up $40 for fifth place.
Mike Zuglan is currently accepting entries for the $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XIX 9-Ball Open, held August 23-26. Entry fees are $150 for current tour members and $200 for all others. To enter, please contact Mike Zuglan immediately at 518-356-7163.
1st Ron Casanzio $1,000
2nd Greg Antonakos $700
3rd Jeremy Sossei $550
4th Mike Zuglan $450
5th Paul Rozonewski $300
7th Brent Boemmels $125