The old adage goes that the first and the last games in a race are the hardest to win. That was certainly the case for Ron Casanzio in the finals of the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at Sharpshooters Billiards in Amsterdam, Ny.
The event drew a field of 47 players and the winners side came down to Matt Tetreault and Chance Chin for the hot-seat. That match would be fairly one sided with Tetreault winning 9-4 to send Chin to the one loss side.
On the one loss side, Casanzio was on a roll and he kept that momentum going with a 9-5 win over Chin to send Chin to the rail in third place.
The first set of the double elimination finals saw Casanzio score a 9-6 win over Tetreault to force a second set. It wasn’t the first game that Casanzio had problems with in the second set. The first game came early and Casanzio raced to an 8-2 lead in the race to nine. The last game proved to be elusive though, as Tetreault won the next seven games for the 9-8 victory and his first Joss NE 9-Ball Tour victory.
The second chance event drew 22 players back to Sharpshooters on Sunday and saw Bruce Carroll bounce back from a loss to Jordan Labbe to double dip Brent Boemmels in the finals. Carroll had wins over John Babravich, James Chemaly and Labbe on the one loss side, and then defeated Boemmels 3-0 and 3-2 in the double elimination finals.
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The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will now take a break until the end of October with their next event at Premium Billiards in Syracuse on October 27th and 28th. Players are also encouraged to get their entries in for the Turning Stone Classic XX on January 10th – 13th. Players can contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 to reserve their post in the event.