Slam Dunk for Sossei
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Utica, NY
Going through the winners’ side of the chart with ease, Jeremy Sossei slammed the 52-player field that came out for the November 3-4 stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, taking the final match over Adam Keilar 9-3. The Al Conte Memorial 9-Ball Open was hosted by Hippo’s House of Billiards in Utica, NY, and boasted a $1,500-added prize fund.
Sossei squared off with Geoff Montgomery in the winners’ side final four and dealt him a 9-3 loss. Ron Casanzio, looking to follow up his win last week with another, bested Greg Antonakos 9-5 and advanced to the hot seat match, which Sossei claimed 9-5.
Keilar was rolling through the one-loss side of the chart, putting Dave Dreidel in seventh place 9-7 and then in Antonakos in fifth 9-6. Equally determined, Nelson Olivieira eliminated first Jerry Crowe in seventh 9-7 and then Montgomery in fifth 9-4. The two collided in the quarterfinal match, with Keilar coming out the 9-5 victor.
Keilar went on to face down Casanzio in the semifinal match 9-7, thwarting his hopes for consecutive Joss Tour wins. But the final match between Keilar and Sossei was a lopsided one, with Sossei surging ahead to claim the title 9-3.
Russ Philp claimed the $500-added second chance event, winning over Spencer Auigbelle in the final match. Philp won $300 for first, and Auigbelle took home $200 for second. In third place was Paul Rozonewski with $150, and Brian Lipes won $90 for fourth.
The next Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour event is November 10-11 at Raxx Pool Room and Grill in West Hempstead, NY.
The $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XX is filling up fast. Players who still have not registered with Mike Zuglan, please call 516-356-7163.
1st Jeremy Sossei $1,150
2nd Adam Keilar $800
3rd Ron Casanzio $600
4th Nelson Olivieria $400
5th Greg Antonakos $325
7th Dave Dreidel $200
9th Phil Davis $100