Joss Northeast 9-Ball

Crevier wins Joss Tour Debut

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour was in action over the weekend of March 19th and 20th with a field of forty one players in an event that saw the return of Karen Corr to the Joss Tour, another appearance by perennial tour front-runner Dennis Hatch, and a first time appearance by Canadian hotshot Francis Crevier. As it turned out, the appearance by Quebec’s Crevier was the biggest story of the weekend.
Most followers of the Joss Tour know that Dennis Hatch’s entry in a tournament means that he is immediately the man to beat for the weekend. Crevier rose to meet that challenge on Saturday as he handed Hatch his first loss of the weekend 9-5. Hatch’s tournament would end on Sunday with a one-sided 9-3 loss to WPBA star Karen Corr.
Crevier’s eventual opponent for the hot-seat on Sunday was tour points leader Bucky Souvanthong, who sent Corr to the one loss side 9-4 earlier Sunday. Crevier would win the match with Souvanthong 9-4.
On the one loss side Souvanthong found that Corr didn’t forget that earlier loss and was waiting for the chance to avenge that loss. Corr would do that fairly quickly with a 9-3 win.
The first set of the double elimination finals went Corr’s way 9-5. Crevier came out strong to start the second set and took an early 7-2 lead. Corr would get on a run of her own and win five of the next six games to get back to within one game at 8-7, but Crevier closed out the set with a win in the next rack and celebrated the 9-7 win for first place in the main event.
The win was worth $1100 for Crevier, while Corr settled for $800. Souvanthong’s third place finish was more than enough for him to stay comfortably atop the tour points list.
Sunday also saw the second chance tournament take place with 19 players competing for $880 in prize money. In that tournament, Tom Acciavatti came within one rack of tournament perfection. Acciavatti won his first three matches with 3-0 scores and it wasn’t until his match that Acciavatti would see an opponent, Keith Owen, win a game. Acciavatti bounced back from that game and won the match with Owen 3-1 and that was the last time Acciavatti would suffer losing a rack as he closed out the tournament with back to back 3-0 wins over Bruce Carroll for the hot-seat and again in the finals. All told, Acciavatti held an 18-1 games score for the event. That was worth $340 in prize money for Acciavatti.
1st – Francis Crevier – $1,100
2nd – Karen Corr – $800
3rd – Bucky Souvanthong – $600
4th – Ron Cosanzio – $450
5th – Jeff Smolen – $300
5th – Dennis Hatch – $300
7th – Tim Parisian – $150
7th – Martin Daigle – $150
Courtesy of www.AZBilliards.com

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