It’s sort of a February tradition at Sharpshooters
Billiards in Amsterdam, NY. The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour comes
to visit, and Jeremy Sossei ends up standing in the winner’s
circle. For the fifth straight year (and sixth time in seven
years), Jeremy Sossei finished in first place on February
16th and 17th. Even with his winning streak there, it wasn’t
easy this year.
Sossei remained undefeated all day Saturday and started
Sunday with a 9-3 win over Rick Kravetz. While Sossei was
getting that win, Joey Cicero was sending BCA Hall of Famer
Pat Fleming to the one loss side 9-6. Cicero then sent Sossei
to join Fleming on the left side of the board as he took
the hot-seat match 9-7.
On the one loss side, Jorge Teixeira was on a roll. After
losing to Ron Casanzio on Saturday morning, Teixeira had
won nine straight matches culminating in a 7-3 win over
Bruce Nagle for 4th place. Teixeira gave Sossei almost all
he could handle but ended up dropping the semi-final match
That win left Sossei with the task of beating Cicero twice
in a row, which he did in two hard-fought matches. Sossei
scored a 9-6 win in the first set, followed by a 7-5 win
in the second.
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Ben Werblow
dominate the field of nineteen players. Werblow went undefeated
with wins over Bob Merkert, Greg Bombard, Nate Marshall
and then Demian Provost for the hot-seat. In those four
matches, Werblow lost a total of one game (to Bombard).
Bruce Carroll eliminated Provost 3-0 in the semi-final match
but was only able to manage one rack against Werblow in