The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour wrapped up the first half of
their season over the weekend of November 18th and 19th
at Union Station Billiards in Portland, Maine where the
field of 37 players came down to two local players fighting
it out for their first Joss Tour wins.
Sunday matches on the winner’s side saw Bruce Nagle
score a hill-hill win over Ivaylo Petrov and Cody Francis
with a 9-7 win over Josh Rupard. Francis then went on to
take the hot-seat with a 9-7 win over Nagle.
On the one loss side, Dave Hall was on a roll after a lopsided
9-2 loss to Mark Desjardin in his first match on Saturday.
Hall bounced back with Saturday wins over Sam Hebert, Mike
Dube and Xavier Libby to make it into the money on Sunday.
Sunday matches saw Hall pick up where he left off on Saturday,
as he defeated Jim Hayden, Rupard, Jeremy Sossei and Nagle
to earn his spot in the finals.
For two players playing for their first tour wins, Francis
and Hall made the most of it. Hall, from nearby Portland
Maine, handed hometown favorite Francis his first loss in
the first set of the finals 9-6. Francis returned the favor
in the second set of the finals and eliminated Hall 9-7
to take first place and $1,050 in prize money.
Sunday’s second chance tournament came down to Mark
Stewart facing Chad Bazinet three times before a winner
was crowned. Stewart won the first meeting in the hot-seat
match 3-0, but Bazinet defeated Dan Couture in the semi-final
match and was back for another shot at Stewart in the finals.
Bazinet scored a 3-2 win in the first set of the finals,
but Stewart came back to score a 3-2 win of his own for
The tour now takes a break for the rest of 2017 and will
be back in action on January 4th - 7th for the Turning Stone
Classic XXIX at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, Ny.
That event has a handful of spots left open and players
are urged to contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 to lock
down their place in the event,