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Current 2018-19 Season
Bucky Souvanthong
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Souvanthong Holds Off Casanzio for Joss Tour Win

Bucky Souvanthong held off a late charge from Ron Casanzio to win the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester NY over the October 5th - 6th weekend.

Souvanthong’s Saturday consisted of three wins, 9-4 over Dan Sharlow and then back to back 9-3 wins over Sean Zeng and Dave Mills.

Joining Souvanthong on the winner’s side on Sunday were Lyn Wechsler, Casanzio and Sourith Thammavong. Casanzio made quick work of Wechsler 9-1, while Souvanthong had a slightly closer 9-4 win over Thammavong. That left Souvanthong and Casanzio to battle for the hot-seat, which Souvanthong took 9-6.

Thammavong had two tough 7-5 wins on the left side of the board (Brad Guthrie and Sharlow), but wasn’t ready for Casanzio as Casanzio ended Thammavong’s day in third place 7-2.

The first set of the double elimination finals went to Casanzio 9-7 in another close match, but Souvanthong took control of the second set and cruised to a 7-2 win for first place.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Mark Creamer come back from a first round loss to Marco Kam and win seven straight matches to take first. Creamer got his revenge over Kam 3-2 on the one loss side, and that match would contain the last rack he would lose in this event. He defeated Nick Coppola 3-0 and then proceeded to double dip Steve Winter 3-0 twice to take first place.

The next stop on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be this weekend (October 12th - 13th) at Utica Billiards on the Boulevard in Utica, NY. Tour director Mike Zuglan is busy taking entries for January’s Turning Stone Classic XXIII and players are urged to contact him to get their entries fees paid asap.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 900
2 USA CASANZIO Ron 600
3 USA THAMMAVONG Sourith 450
4 USA SHARLOW Dan 300
5 CAN GUTHRIE Brad 225
5 USA WECHSLER Lyn 225
7 USA NAGLE Bruce 150
7 USA ANTONE Tony 150

Second Chance Results
1 USA CREAMER Mark 300
2 USA WINTER Steven 200
3 USA COPPOLA Nick 120
4 USA KAM Marco 80
Sossei over Fleming for Joss Tour Fourpeat
L-R Jeremy Sossei, Room Owner Lenore Chen
and Bruce Nagle

While Jeremy Sossei has won the last three Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stops, he has had to win the last two with one loss. That was what he did again at Snookers Billiards in Providence, RI on June 1st - 2nd for the final regular season stop on the tour.

Sossei cruised through Saturday’s matches undefeated with wins over Lida Mullendore, Jim Prather, Ranulf Tamba and Dev Bhattacharya. The closest any opponent got to Sossei on Saturday was Tamba at 9-4. Sossei’s undefeated run came to an end on Sunday morning, as he dropped his first match of the day to Pat Fleming 9-6. After that match, Fleming went on to defeat Tom D’Alfonso 9-5 for the hot-seat.

Sossei got by Francisco Cabral 7-4 and Jared Demalia 7-2, to earn the match against D’Alfonso in the semi-finals. That match would go hill-hill before Sossei pocketed the final nine ball. The time in the hot-seat might have proved to be a negative for Fleming, as Sossei proceeded to win the first set of the finals 9-4 and then the second set 7-3. The win was Sossei’s 6th of the season and his 4th in a row.

Sunday’s “Second Chance” tournament saw Bob Madenjian with a 3-1 win over Ray Buthe for the hot-seat and then facing Nick Coppola in the finals. Coppola won the first set of the finals 3-2, but Madenjian came back to take the second set 3-2 for the win.

The stop at Snookers was the final regular season tour stop and players will now prepare for the Turning Stone Classic XXXII on August 22nd - 25th at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. That event is full, but fans are invited to watch the action in person with free admission on all four days of the event.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 1,000
2 USA NAGLE Bruce 700
3 ISR ZVI Zion 500
4 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 350
5 USA HERNANDEZ Frankie 250
5 USA RODRIGUEZ Elvis 250
7 USA CASANZIO Ron 150
7 USA MONTGOMERY Geoff 150

Second Chance Results
1 USA ACCIAVATTI Tom 180
2 ENG WONG Suzzie 100
 
 
 
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