Dechaine Ousts Oliveira for Joss Billiard Title
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Providence, RI
by InsidePOOL Staff
Mike “Fireball” Dechaine beat out a talented pool of 71 players at the March 3-4 stop of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, wresting the title from Nelson Oliveira in a two-set final match. Snookers in Providence, RI, hosted the $2,500-added 9-ball event.
Dechaine went unchallenged to the finals, defeating Mike Davis in the winners’ side final four 9-6 to reach the hot seat match. There he faced Hunter Lombardo, who had just sent Jeremy Sossei west 9-3, and delivered him to the one-loss side 9-3.
Once on the left side of the bracket, Davis was ousted by Oliveira 9-6, while Sossei trounced Rob Piersa 9-1. In the quarterfinal match, Oliveira ended Sossei’s tournament in fourth place by defeating him 9-6.
On a roll, Oliveira went on to meet Lombardo in the semifinals and send him home 9-5. In the double-elimination final match against the undefeated Dechaine, Oliveira started off strong, besting the hometown favorite in the first set 9-7. In the second set, Dechaine turned the tables and took the title by the same score of 9-7.
The $500-added second chance event drew a field of 25 players. Rich Britt went through the field undefeated to best Stacie Bourbeau in the final match and take home $360. Bourbeau earned $260 for being runner-up. In third place was Doug Brown, who took home $160, while room owner Steve Goulding won $100 for his fourth-place finish. Rounding out the top six were Steve Mack and Dave Garvish, who each won $60.
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s next event will be March 17-18 at Trick Shot Billiards and Sports Pub in Clifton Park, NY. Also, Mike Zuglan is currently accepting entries for the $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XIX 9-Ball Open, which is set for August 23-26. Entry fees are $150 for current tour members and $200 for all others. To enter, please contact Mike Zuglan as soon as possible at 518-356-7163 to reserve your spot.
1st Mike Dechaine $1,600
2nd Nelson Oliveira $1,200
3rd Hunter Lombardo $800
4th Jeremy Sossei $600
5th Rob Piersa $400
7th Ron Casanzio $300
9th Jarrod Clowery $200