Dechaine Fends off Sossei for Joss Billiard Win
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Providence, RI
Mike Dechaine blazed through the field at the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s March 2-3 stop, escaping a strong challenge from Jeremy Sossei to take the title in the double-elimination finals. The $2,500-added stop hosted 67 players at Snookers Billiards Sports Bar and Grill in Providence, RI.
In the winners’ side final four Dechaine faced down Joe Dupuis 9-4, while Sossei, who won the Joss event the week prior, dealt Joe Tucker his first loss 9-7. Dechaine and Sossei fought tooth and nail for the hot seat, with Dechaine ultimately eking out a 9-8 victory.
Tom D’Alfonso scored a 9-4 win over Karen Corr on the one-loss side, sending her home in seventh place, while Nelson Oliveira tied with Corr after his match with Phil Davis ended 9-7. Tucker then ousted D’Alfonso in fifth place 9-6, and Dupuis deposited Davis in fifth place as well 9-4.
Dupuis went on to relegate Tucker to a fourth-place finish 9-6 but was himself eliminated in the next round 9-2 by Sossei, who wanted a rematch with Dechaine. In the double-elimination finals, Sossei won the first set 9-8 to force a second, but Dechaine was able to pull off a 9-4 victory to win the title.
Twenty-two players participated in the $500-added second chance event. Paul Dryden bested Doug Brown in the finals and collected $340 for first, while Dryden earned $240 for second. Francisco Cabral took $160 for third, and Bill Cote won $100 for fourth. In fifth place, Jon Borglund and Cory Payne each earned $50.
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s season finale, the $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XXI 9-Ball Open, will be taking place September 19-22. Please contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 to avoid being shut out.
1st Mike Dechaine $1,350
2nd Jeremy Sossei $950
3rd Joe Dupuis $750
4th Joe Tucker $600
5th Tom D’Alfonso $450
7th Karen Corr $325
9th Matt Tetrault $200