Last week's quarterfinal match on the Joss Northeast
Open 9-Ball Tour (stop #12) turned into this past week's
finals (stop #13), as Bruce Nagle completed an undefeated
run through a field of 39 entrants, defeating Bucky Souvanthong
in the finals, to claim the title. The $1,500-added event
($500-added to Second Chance tournament), held on the weekend
of March 18-19, was hosted by King Smiley Billiards in Fort
Nagle and Souvanthong advanced through the bracket to the
winners' side semifinals. Nagle made it out of them, Souvanthong
did not. Nagle sent Nick Brucato to the loss side 9-2, as
Steve Lillis downed Souvanthong, double hill. Nagle claimed
the hot seat 9-5 over Lillis and waited for Souvanthong
to complete a three-match, loss-side trip.
On the loss side, Souvanthong picked up Noah Wells, who,
after being awarded a bye, was defeated by Brucato in the
event's second round, and was in the midst of a five-match,
loss-side winning streak that was about to end. Wells had
most recently downed Fred Gokey and Dave LeBrun, both 9-5.
Brucato drew a re-match against Brent Boemmels, whom he'd
defeated on the winners' side, just after sending Wells
over. Boemmels was in the midst of a four-match, loss-side
winning streak, having recently defeated Ben Werblow, double
hill, and Dave Fernandez 9-5.
Souvanthong and Boemmels advanced to the quarterfinals;
Boemells successfully wreaking his vengeance on Brucato,
in a tightly contested match, 9-7, and Souvanthong sending
Wells home 9-4. Souvanthong then defeated Boemmels 9-6 and
Lillis, in the semifinals, 9-5.
In the finals, Souvanthong chalked up more racks against
Nagle than any of Nagle's previous opponents, but it wasn't
enough. Nagle hung on to complete his undefeated run 9-6,
and though he's chalked up two wins on Second Chance tournaments
on this year's tour (2016-2017), according to our records,
this was his first Joss Tour main event win.
In the $500-added Second Chance Tournament, which drew 20
entrants, Frank Sorriento, who was runner-up in the March
11-12 Second Chance Tournament, won five on the loss side,
to challenge and eventually double-dip hot seat occupant
Dave LeBrun. Sorriento had survived a double hill battle
versus Mike Shoemaker in the 5/6 matches, and over the next
four matches, including the double set final gave up only
one rack; to Mike Verducci in the semifinals. He finished
with two shutouts over LeBrun.
In addition to the prize winners in both events, David Dumas
was the raffle winner of a $1,500 Joss Cue. Players are
reminded that the site for the next stop on the tour (#14),
scheduled for April 8-9, has been changed from Salt City
Billiards in Syracuse to Hippo's House of Billiards in Utica.
Salt City Billiards was destroyed in an early morning fire
last month (Feb. 8). No one was injured in the blaze, and
though owners are optimistic about rebuilding, no final
decisions have been made.
Joss Tour director Mike Zuglan is continuing to remind players
that entries for Turning Stone XXVIII, scheduled for Aug.
31- Sept 3 are filling up fast, with nearly three-quarters
of the field already registered. Contact Zuglan for further
Main Event Payouts
1 USA NAGLE Bruce 1,000
2 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 750
3 USA LILLIS Steve 550
4 USA BOEMMELS Brent 400
5 USA WELLS Noah 300
5 USA BRUCATO Nick 300
7 USA FERNANDEZ Dave 150
7 USA GOKEY Fred 150
Second Chance Payouts
1st - Frank Sorriento - $330
2nd - Dave Lebrun - $220
3rd - Mike Verducci - $150
4th - Joshua Scheff - $100
5/6th - Terry Breault & Mike Shoemaker - $50 each
Story by AZB Staff