While Joss NE 9-Ball Tour points leader, Jeremy Sossei, was competing in the Predator Tour event in Astoria, Ron Casanzio was defending his position as #2 on the points list.
Casanzio ran through a field of 29 players to compete for the hot-seat against Jason Michas. That match would be a close one, with Casanzio winning the match 9-7. Michas would have his hands full with Bruce Carroll on the one loss side as the two combatants fought to hill-hill before Michas won the case game to earn another shot at Casanzio in the finals.
The first set of the double elimination finals would be another battle and another 9-7 scoreline, but a different winner as Michas won the match to force a second set to determine the tournament winner. As evenly matched as these two players were, it was another 9-7 scoreline with Casanzio winning the match and taking first place.
The tournament winner moved Casanzio within just 20 points of Sossei for the points lead.
The second chance event on Sunday saw Dominick Martoccia go undefeated through the field for the win. Martoccia defeated Pierre Sauve 3-1 for the hot-seat and then defeated Doug Wells 3-2 in the finals for the tournament win.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY on April 13th and 14th for their next event; the NE 9-Ball Open XXVI.
Tour director Mike Zuglan is taking signups now for the Turning Stone Classic XXI, which will take place at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on September 19th – 22nd. Interested players should contact Zuglan at (518) 356-7163.
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