Road partners Josh Friedberg and Holden Chin teamed up
for first place finishes in the open and second chance event
at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s final regular season
stop June 2nd - 3rd at Snookers Billiards in Providence,
Friedberg survived hill-hill matches against Ben Savoie
and Kerry McAuliffe in his first two matches and didn’t
really have any non-stressful wins as his 9-5 win over Alex
Morin on Sunday morning was his largest margin of victory.
It was another close one for the hot-seat, where he defeated
Bill Cote 9-7.
On the one loss side, Bucky Souvanthong was making up for
his early loss to Joe Darigis. Souvanthong won nine straight
matches, including a 7-2 victory over Darigis in the final
four. Souvanthong then went on to defeat Cote 7-3 in the
The finals would go one set with Friedberg scoring a 9-6
win over Souvanthong for his first Joss Tour win.
After back to back hill-hill losses for Holden Chin in the
main event, he was one of the fourteen players who came
back on Sunday to compete in the second chance tournament.
After an opening round win over Andrew Griffin, Chin dropped
a hill-hill match to Jared Demalia. That would be the last
time Chin would taste defeat in this event though, as he
won five straight on the left side and then double dipped
Francisco Cabral in the finals.
While it was Friedberg with the win in the main event, he
gave all the credit to Chin. “When it comes to this
game, Holden is the absolute greatest teacher. I would never
ever have even come close to winning without his help.”
he said. “ I think there were players there that were
better than me. That had more skill and more experience
than I did. (…) I just kept my head down and tried
to remember all the things that Holden had taught me along
This event was the final regular season stop on the 2017
- 2018 season. Next up for the tour is the Turning Stone
Classic XXX on August 23th - 26th at the Turning Stone Resort
and Casino in Verona, NY.