Burford Bests D’Alfonso for Joss Billiard Title
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Providence, RI
Recovering from a hot seat loss, Phil Burford returned in the finals of the June 9-10 stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour to wrest the title from the only player to deal him a defeat—Tom D’Alfonso. The $2,000-added stop attracted a field of 67 to Snookers Billiards, Bar and Grill in Providence, RI.
A 9-4 defeat of local hero Mike Dechaine put Burford into the hot seat match for his first meeting with D’Alfonso, who had just bested Nelson Oliveira 9-6. Nelson went on to take the winners’ side final 9-5, while Burford went to the one-loss side of the chart.
Dechaine found himself in fifth place after his match with Jeremy Sossei ended 9-1, while Paul Dryden tied with Dechaine as Oliveria ousted him 9-2. Sossei went on to challenge Oliveira successfully, advancing to the semifinals 9-2.
Sossei proved a difficult opponent for Burford and didn’t go down without a fight, as their match ended double-hill. However, Burford was on a mission, and in the double-elimination finals against D’Alfonso, he won the first set by the lopsided score of 9-1 and didn’t allow his opponent a single rack in the second set.
The $500-added second chance event drew 20 players, making a total prize fund of $900. Chris Coviello bested Josh Gormly in the hot seat match 3-2, but Gormly fought his way back with a 3-1 win over Steve Goulding in the semifinals. In the double-elimination finals, Gormly took down Coviello 3-2, 3-1 for the win. Gormly took home $330 for first place, while Coviello earned $220 for second. Goulding won $150 for third place, fourth-place finisher Stacie Bourbeau netted $100, and Ranulf Tamba and Josh Thiele each took home $50 for fifth place.
1st Phil Burford $1,200
2nd Tom D’Alfonso $900
3rd Jeremy Sossei $700
4th Nelson Oliveira $500
5th Mike Dechaine $350
7th Matt Tetreault $250
9th Randy Labonte $150