Strickland Strikes out Dechaine
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / West Hempstead, NY
The final showdown between Earl Strickland and Mike Dechaine led to the BCA Hall of Fame member taking top prize at the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s November 10-11 stop. Raxx Pool Room and Grill played host to the $1,500-added tournament, which drew a field of 32 to West Hempstead, NY.
Strickland cut down the field in his charge to the finish, defeating Nelson Oliveira in the winners’ side final four 9-5 to move on to the hot seat match. His challenger there was Great Britain’s Jayson Shaw, just off a 9-7 win over Jeremy Sossei. Shaw put up a good fight but was turned aside by Strickland, who claimed the win 9-6.
Dechaine was barreling through the one-loss side, eliminating Shaun Wilkie in seventh place 9-6 and Oliveira in fifth 9-3. Mike Badstuebner was on a collision course with Dechaine, as he whitewashed Lionel Rivera 9-0 and ousted Sossei in fifth place 9-4. The quarterfinal match was dominated by Dechaine, though, as he took down Badstuebner 9-4.
Shaw scrapped with Dechaine in the semifinal match, which went all the way to hill-hill before Dechaine took the last and necessary rack to advance to the finals. But Strickland was prepared for him and was able to take the title 9-6.
In the $500-added second chance tournament, Chris Lazarovitch faced down Brent Boemmels in the hot seat match only to have Boemmels return to defeat him in the first set of the double-elimination finals. Lazarovitch regrouped and won the second set to claim $300 for first, with Boemmels taking $200 for second. Scott Murphy earned $100 for third, and Rich Lang took $60 for fourth.
The next event on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s calendar is the $5,000-added Ocean State 9-Ball Championship at Snookers Billiards Bar and Grill in Providence, RI, November 17-18. Also, the field for the $25,000-added Turning Stone XX 9-Ball Open is filling up quickly. If you have not registered already, please contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163.
1st Earl Strickland $1,000
2nd Mike Dechaine $750
3rd Jayson Shaw $550
4th Mike Badstuebner $400
5th Jeremy Sossei $250
7th Lionel Rivera $125