Dechaine Breaks Steele on Joss Billiard Tour
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Waterville, ME
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s season started with a bang when Maine player Mike Dechaine came back from a hot seat loss to double-dip Gareth Steele in the dramatic final match. The $1,500-added event drew a field of 41 to TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, ME.
Starting off strong, Dechaine ended up undefeated in the winners’ side final four and bested Jeremy Sossei 9-5 to reach the hot seat match. There he faced off against Steele, fresh off a hill-hill triumph over Matt Tetrault, for the first time. Steele prevailed with a close 9-7 win.
Former junior champion Landon Shuffett was working his way through the one-loss side and ousted Cody Francis 9-7 in seventh place and then Tetrault in fifth. Nelson Oliveira sent Mark Haddad home after their double-hill match and then was eliminated by Sossei in fifth place 9-6. Sossei and Shuffett then matched up, with Shuffett taking home fourth place 9-5.
Waiting on the west side, Dechaine fired through Sossei for the second time in the event, this time by 9-6. He then had to best Steele twice to take the title. Dechaine won the first set by a narrow 9-7 margin and then took the second with a more comfortable 9-5 win.
Twenty players participated in the $500-added second chance tournament. Cleiton Rocha came through the west side to twice defeat Joe Dupuis in the finals for the $320 first-place prize. Dupuis collected $240 for second. Phil Davis earned $160 for third, while Bill Cote took home $100 for fourth.
1st Mike Dechaine $1,050
2nd Gareth Steele $800
3rd Jeremy Sossei $650
4th Landon Shuffett $500
5th Nelson Oliveira $300
7th Cody Francis $150