Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
Current 2017-18 Season

Rodriguez goes undefeated to take Joss Tour's Hudson Valley Fall Classic
Jorge Rodriguez

Though he’d been among the top 10 finishers in 14 major events since January of 2016, an event victory had eluded Jorge Rodriguez since he won the season opener of the 2016 Predator Pro Am Tour. Rodriguez changed that at the second stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s 2017-2018 season. Rodriguez went undefeated through a field of 59, on hand for the $1,500-added Hudson Valley Fall Classic, hosted by The Spot in Nanuet, NY on the weekend of September 30-October 1.

Rodriguez faced separate opponents in the hot seat and finals of the event. Following victories over Geovanni Hosang, and Ron Casanzio, Rodriguez gave up only one rack to his next two opponents, shutting out Thomas Haas, and giving up the single rack to Geoff Montgomery. This set Rodriguez up in a winners’ side semifinal against Matt Tetreault. In the meantime, Zion Zvi, who’d just sent Rodriguez’ eventual opponent in the finals, Jeremy Sossei to the loss side, squared off against Lee Van Corteza in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Rodriguez sent Matt Tetreault to the loss side 9-3, as Zvi downed Van Corteza 9-6. Rodriguez claimed the hot seat over Zvi 9-7 and waited for Sossei to complete a five-match, loss-side run that would put him into the finals.

Sossei opened his loss-side run with a 9-5 win over Jason Michas, and a 9-3 win over Carmen Lombardo, which set him up to face Tetreault. Van Corteza drew Rhys Chen, who was in the midst of his own six-match, loss-side run that had most recently included wins over Geoff Montgomery 9-5 and Olli Turkulainen 9-7.

Van Corteza ended Chen’s run in a double hill match, while Sossei was eliminating Tetreault 9-3. The Sossei/Van Corteza quarterfinal came within a game of going double hill, but Sossei advanced 9-7. The Sossei/Zvi semifinal rematch did go double hill, and when it was over, Sossei had earned himself a shot at Rodriguez in the hot seat.

Rodriguez completed his undefeated run with a 9-7 win over Sossei in the finals. The win put Rodriguez at the top of early tour rankings, alongside Nelson Oliveira who had won the season opener in September, but did not compete in Nanuet.

A $500-added, 19-entrant Second Chance event was won by Rob Pole, who defeated Mike Salerno in the finals. Scott Haas finished third, ahead of Jim Kearney. Brian Hunter and Ron Plontkowski finished in the tie for fifth.

The next stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for the weekend of October 14-15, will be a $1,500-added event, hosted by Sharpshooter’s Billiards and Sports Pub in Amsterdam, NY. A week later (October 21-22), at the same location, the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour will hold its second annual Juniors Tournament, featuring separate divisional events for 18-and-under and 12-and-under competitors. The 12-and-under group will play on 7-foot Diamond tables, while the older group will face off on 9-foot Diamonds. Last year’s winner in the 18-and-under group was Lukas Fracasso-Verner, who defeated Peter Abatangelo in the finals. Ivo Linkin won the 12-and-under competition, downing Zach Hemendinger twice in a true double elimination final.

Tour director Mike Zuglan thanked the ownership and staff at The Spot for their hospitality and asked that players be reminded of the upcoming Turning Stone XXIX, scheduled for January 4-7 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Players interested in competing should touch base with Zuglan as soon as possible to secure a slot in the event.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Payouts
1 USA RODRIGUEZ Jorge 1,100
2 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 800
3 ISR ZVI Zion 600
4 PHI CORTEZA Lee Vann 450
5 USA TETREAULT Matt 350
5 JAM CHEN Rhys 350
7 FIN TURKULAINEN Olli 250
7 USA LOMBARDO Carmen 250
9 RIVERA Jimmy 150
9 USA MICHAS Jason 150
9 USA MONTGOMERY Geoff 150
9 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 150
13 USA HAAS Thomas 100
13 USA GARIBELLO Yesid 100
13 USA GRAU Dave 100
13 USA TOOHIG Michael 100

Second Chance Payouts
1 USA POLE Robert 320
2 USA SALERNO Mike 210
3 USA HAAS Scott 150
4 USA KEARNEY Jim 100
5 USA HUNTER Brian 50
5 USA PIONTKOWSKI Ron 50
L-R Tom Theriault and Nelson Oliveira
Oliveira Kicks Off Joss Tour's 21st Season With Win

Mike Zuglan kicked off the 21st season of the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour on September 23rd and 24th, with a field of 38 players competing in The Maine Event XI at TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville Maine. The tournament would come down to Nelson Oliveira winning by the narrowest of margins over Canadian Tom Theriault.

Oliveira and Theriault were two of the players to emerge from Saturday matches undefeated, joined by Samoth Sam and Cody Francis. Sunday morning winner’s side matches saw Francis sneak by Sam 9-8, and Oliveira send Theriault to the one loss side by a 9-7 margin. Oliveira would then go on to defeat Francis 9-8 for the hot-seat.

On the one loss side, both Sam and Theriault would bounce back from their earlier losses, with Sam eliminating Xavier Libby 9-2 and Theriault eliminating Matt Tetreault 9-7. Theriault would then go on to defeat Sam 9-1 and then Cody Francis 9-3, to earn a rematch with Oliveira in the finals.

With the 9-7 scoreline in their earlier match, the finals were expected to be close, and they definitely were. Theriault ended Oliveira’s unbeaten streak 9-8 in the first set of the finals, and then Oliveira came back to defeat Theriault 9-8 in the second set for first place.

The end of Sunday's 16 player second chance tournament looked very similar to the end of the main event with Ross Webster defeating Joe Darigis 3-2 for the hot-seat and then Darigis coming back to force a second set of the finals 3-1 before Webster scored a 3-2 win in the second set of the finals.

Although he finished one out of the money in 9th place, Jordan Labbe was the winner of the $1200 custom Joss Cue at this event.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action on Sept 30th and October 1st at The Hudson Valley Fall Classic, held at The Spot Billiards Cafe in Nanuet, NY.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Payouts
1 USA OLIVEIRA Nelson 1,000
2 CAN THERIAULT Tom 700
3 USA FRANCIS Cody 550
4 USA SAM Samoth 450
5 USA LIBBY Xavier 275
5 USA TETREAULT Matt 275
7 USA NICKERSON Dillon 150
7 USA HALLOWELL Tyler 150

Second Chance Payouts
1 USA WEBSTER Ross 300
2 USA DARIGIS Joe 200
3 CAN RICHARD Kyle 140
4 USA PEPIN Kyle 100
5 USA COUTURE Dan 40
5 USA MURRAY Greg 40


 
 
 
Schedule     |     Format     |     Standings    |      2016-17 Results      |      Archives     |      mzjosstour@aol.com
 
Web Design by
Copyright © 2016 Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour