Dechaine Douses Turning Stone Field
Turning Stone Classic XIX / Verona, NY
Mike “Fireball” Dechaine bounced back from a loss in the hot seat match to Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam to best him in the finals for the Turning Stone Classic XIX title. Dechaine was part of a full 128-player field to gather at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, the weekend of August 24-26. The tournament was promoted by Mike Zuglan of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and provided a $25,000-added prize purse.After surviving a hill-hill affair with Rodney Morris, Dechaine went on to challenge last December’s runner-up, Raj Hundal, who had just bested Tom D’Alfonso 9-6. Dechaine was able to handle Hundal easily to advance to the hot seat match 9-5.
Putnam pushed past Corey Deuel 9-4 to meet Mario Morra, just off a 9-6 defeat of Florida’s Donny Mills. It was a close match, but he triumphed over Morra 9-7 to await a finals opponent.
Once deposited on the one-loss side, Morris fought a double-hill match with Brandon Shuff but was sent home in seventh place 9-8. In the other bracket, Mills had an easier time with Jeremy Sossei, winning 9-4, and then sent Hundal home in fifth place. With his 9-2 drubbing of Morra, Mills met Shuff in the quarterfinal match.
It was Shuff by a long shot as he surged ahead to deposit Mills in fourth place, but Dechaine, determined to face Putnam again in the finals, shot Shuff down in the semifinal match 9-6. In the extended race-to-13 final match, Putnam never really seemed to get started, and Dechaine fired past him to claim the title 13-4.
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