Mike Dechaine bounced back from a late loss to Gareth Steele, only to avenge that loss in the finals and win the first stop on the 2012/2013 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour on September 29th and 30th at TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, Me.
In this field of 41 players, it was Steele who captured the hot-seat with a 9-5 win over Dechaine. Dechaine didn’t stay on the one loss side for long, as he defeated Jeremy Sossei 9-6 to set up the rematch with Steele in the true double elimination final match. The first set was a close one, but Dechaine captured the set 9-7 to force a second set. That second set was all Dechaine with a lopsided 9-3 scoreline. Dechaine earned $1050 for the win, while Steele settled for $800 in second place prize money.
The second chance tournament on Sunday also saw a comeback winner, as Cleiton Rocha lost to Phil Davis in the final four players on the winners side, but came back to Rick Matarazzo, Bill Cote, Davis and Joe Dupuis in the finals. The win was worth $320 for Rocha, with Dupuis taking home $240 for second.