Rodriguez Rocks Dechaine on Joss Tour
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / West Hempstead, NY
Jorge Rodriguez came back from a loss to Mike Dechaine to wreak revenge in the finals of the March 31-April 1 stop of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and win the two-set final match over “The Fireball.” The $1,500-added stop was hosted by Raxx Pool Room and Grill in West Hempstead, NY, and drew a field of 38 players.
Rodriguez first met Dechaine in the hot seat match after a 9-2 victory over Hunter Lombardo put him in the winners’ side finals. Dechaine first eked out a hill-hill win over Finland’s Mika Immonen 9-8 to reach Rodriguez, whom he handled easily 9-2 to remain undefeated.
Immonen went on to eliminate Jeremy Sossei in fifth place 9-7 on the one-loss side of the chart, while Lombardo tied with Sossei after Zion Zvi bested him 9-6. Zvi went on to barrel through Immonen in the quarterfinal match 9-4.
Zvi was no match for the determined Rodriguez in the semifinals, though, and he earned his rematch against Dechaine in the finals with a 9-6 win. Having to defeat Dechaine twice for the victory, Rodriguez notched a 9-7 win in the first set and a 9-3 win in the second to claim the title.
In the $500-added second chance event, Phil Davis defeated Raj Vannala for the hot seat 3-2. Vannala returned to the finals with a 3-2 victory over Brent Boemmels and won the first set of the double-elimination final match 3-2. The second set, though, went to Davis 3-0. Davis collected $300 for first, and Vannala took $180 for second. In third place, Boemmels won $110, and Ray Romanski took home $70 for fourth place.
Mike Zuglan is currently accepting entries for his season finale, the Turning Stone Classic XIX 9-Ball Open, which will be held August 23-26. Please contact him as soon as possible at 518-356-7163 to enter this event.
1st Jorge Rodriguez $1,000
2nd Mike Dechaine $750
3rd Zion Zvi $600
4th Mika Immonen $450
5th Jeremy Sossei $350
7th Mike Zuglan $200