Mike Dechaine has a number of major titles to his credit, already in his career. But one title that has eluded him the last two years was the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s Ocean State 9-Ball Tournament at Snookers Billiards in Providence, RI. In 2010, Dechaine finished in second to Mika Immonen. Dechaine got closer in 2011, when he beat Tom D’Alfonso on the first set of the finals, but lost in the second set.
This year, Dechaine left no doubts as he cruised to an undefeated win over a field of 72 players and will finally be able to see the banner lifted to the rafters with his name on it.
Dechaine took the hot-seat with a 9-0 win over Jeremy Sossei that was finished in roughly 30 minutes.
Sossei went to the one loss side and found Brett Stottlemyer waiting. Stottlemyer had just defeated Ronnie Alcano, but Sossei made it look easy with a 9-3 win over Stottlemyer.
The true double elimination finals wouldn’t even come close to a second set as Dechaine cruised to a 9-3 win over Sossei for his first Ocean State title.
Dechaine commented after the tournament, “This event is one I have wanted to win for year. Now my name can hang along side some of the best names in pool.”. Dechaine went on to send out his thanks to his sponsors Predator Billiards and Snookers Billiards.
Although he settled for second place, Sossei’s finish was enough to move him to the top of the points list. Dechaine moved into second place with Ron Casanzio, Nelson Oliveira and Matt Tetreault filling out the top five places.
The next event on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is the Turning Stone Classic XX on January 10th – 13th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.