Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
Current 2021-22 Season
Ryan Cullen, Jeremy Sossei and Yale
Billiards Owner Bobby Hilton
AND FRACASSO-VERNER SCORE JOSS NE 9-BALL TOUR WINS
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Stop
at Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT on July 24th –
25th featured two division winners who will be hoping to build
on their weekend wins in the upcoming week.
The main event winner, Jeremy Sossei, will be traveling 2500
miles west this week, as he heads to Tucson, Arizona for the
Predator US Pro Billiard Series Stop at Casino Del Sol on
July 28th – Aug 1st.
Sossei, a multiple time winner on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour,
found himself in unfamiliar territory after dropping a late
Saturday match to Ryan Cullen. Sossei had wins over Lukas
Fracasso-Verner, Dave Fernandez and Pete Genovese before dropping
a hill-hill match to Cullen late in the day on Saturday. Sossei
then defeated Yesid Garibello on the one loss side 7-2 to
end his Saturday play.
Sunday was business as usual for Sossei, with wins over Ron
Casanzio, Shawn Dickson and Rob Piersa to earn a rematch with
Cullen in the double elimination final match. Cullen had come
back on Sunday to score wins over Bob Madenjian and Piersa
to take his first career Joss Tour hot-seat, with hopes to
turn that hot-seat into his first career Joss Tour Win. Cullen
would have to wait for that first win though, as Sossei won
both sets of the finals 9-4 and then 7-2 for the tournament
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw a win from another
competitor who will be adding to his frequent flyer miles
this week. Lukas Fracasso-Verner will be traveling a little
further this week, as he will fly to Las Vegas, Nevada to
compete in the Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior
After the aforementioned loss to Sossei in the main event,
Fracasso-Verner rode the one loss side with a bye and then
three match wins before finally dropping a late Saturday match
to Steve Mack to finish one spot out of the money. Undeterred,
Fracasso-Verner came back for the second chance tournament
on Sunday where he had wins over Demian Provost, Darren Jevons
and Nick Coppola before dropping the hot-seat match to Joe
Darigis 3-2. Fracasso-Verner took that loss in stride and
quickly defeated Coppola 3-0 for another shot at Darigis in
the finals. He then made the most of that second shot, scoring
3-1 and 3-2 wins for first place.
With the Yale Billiards stop being its final “supplemental
tour stop”, the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will now take three
months off before kicking off the official 2021/2022 season
at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester, NY on October 2nd –
1st Lukas Verner, $300
2nd Joe Darigis, $200
3rd Nick Coppola, $160
4th Shiekh Ahmed, $100
5/6th Tim Lavigne, $70
5/6th Darren Jevons, $70
KANTAREVIC EARNS FIRST CAREER JOSS TOUR WIN IN UTICA
L-R Matt Tetreault, Andrea
Duvall (room owner) and Suad Kantarevic
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour crowned another first
time tour stop winner as Suad Kantarevic won the third “Supplemental
Tour Stop” at Utica Billiards on the Boulevard on July
Kantarevic was one of fifty three players who came out to
this “Supplemental” tour stop, held before the
tour officially kicks off it’s 2021/2022 season in October.
Kantarevic’s best career finish on the tour was a runner-up
finish in last year’s N.E. Pool & Billiard Hall
of Fame 9-Ball Open, dropping his finals match to Rodney Morris.
Morris was not an obstacle for Kantarevic at this event, thought
it might not have mattered as well as he was playing. Kantarevic
cruised through Saturday matches against Glen Van Court, Cliff
Hard, Jordan Turner and Jim Kearney, without allowing an opponent
more than four games in any one match.
Sunday got started with Kantarevic still in top gear, as
he sent Nick Brucato to the one loss side 9-3 in the first
match of the day. That left Matt Tetreault as the last obstacle
between Kantarevic and the hot-seat, after Tetreault defeated
Dave Dreidel in their early Sunday match 9-8. The hot-seat
match with Tetreault proved to be Kantarevic’s biggest
challenge of the weekend, and he won it 9-7.
Brucato was on a tear on the one loss side, with dominating
wins over Marko Clarke and Peter Khuoc, but he had no answer
for Tetreault, dropping their semi-final match 7-1.
Any momentum that Tetreault may have gained with the win
over Brucato was quickly stifled as Kantarevic ran away with
a 9-3 win in the first set of the finals for his first ever
Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win.
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Bruce Carroll
go undefeated, with three consecutive hill-hill wins (Christine
Cockrell, Jim Kearney and Rohit Aggarwal for the hot-seat)
on his way to the hot-seat. Aggarwal came from the one loss
side to offer one more challenge for Carroll but Carroll won
the first set of the finals 3-0 for the tournament win.
1st Bruce Carroll $350
2nd Rohit Aggarwal $220
3rd Jamie Garrett $150
4th Glen Van Court $100
5/6th Mike Armstrong $70
5/6th Jim Kearney $70
Mike Zuglan, Raphael Dabreo, Francisco Salas and Snookers owner
Steve Goulding. Photo courtesy of Sheikvision Photography
OVER SALAS FOR OCEAN STATE 9-BALL WIN
After a break of 454 days,
the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked things off (post Covid) at
the same place where it left off, Snookers in Providence,
Rhode Island. The occasion was the 32nd Ocean State 9-Ball
Championship, and the players showed how ready they were to
get back to action, as a field of 112 players came out to
try to earn a banner hanging in the rafters of Snookers with
their name on it.
Through the matches on Saturday and early Sunday, Francisco
Salas set himself as the man to beat, with dominating wins
in his matches. His Saturday matches consisted of wins over
Chris Leal 9-4, Jerry Guitard 9-1 and Ray Lee 9-2. He then
started his Sunday off with the same domination he showed
on Saturday, with a 9-4 win over John Francisco and then a
9-2 win over Pat Fleming.
By comparison, Salas’s next opponent, Raphael Dabreo,
didn’t have things as stress-free. Dabreo had wins over
Max Watanabe, Jason Noble and Brian Chase on Saturday, followed
by a 9-3 win over Joey Dupuis and then a 9-7 nail biter against
Levy Lampaan. Their final four match was another one-sided
win for Salas and he moved on to the hot-seat match with a
The hot-seat match also went to Salas, with a more competitive
9-6 win over Jared Demalia.
After the loss to Salas, Dabreo won a tough one on the left
side of the board over Mike Yednak 7-5, and then he appeared
to get settled into his game. “I felt like I struggled
quite a bit on Sunday dealing with my own emotions. The weight
I placed on myself going into the tournament, wanting the
win and my name placed on that legendary snooker banner, played
a major part in that.” said Dabreo after the event.
After the win over Yednak, Dabreo rolled over Lanna 7-2 and
then Demalia 7-3 to earn another shot at Salas in the double
elimination finals. Beating Salas twice in the finals would
be a tough goal to accomplish for Dabreo, but he did have
recent experience in matches like that to rely on. Dabreo
had recently played Shane Van Boening in the finals of the
Dynaspheres Cup 10-Ball Championship back in May. “After
coming back home placing second to SVB In Maryland, I felt
I could have performed better. To win that would of been great,
but I appreciated the lessons learned losing to him. To share
the table with greatness such as him is addictive for me.”
In the end, it was Dabreo who scored a 9-2 win over Salas
in the first set of the finals, and then a 7-2 win in the
second set, for the tournament win. It was Dabreo’s
second career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win and it will certainly
lead to more confidence from Dabreo in the future. It will
also help Dabreo as he continues to display the game he knows
he is capable of. “Becoming aware of my potential and
staying honest with myself helps me target areas I need improvement.
“ said Dabreo.
Sunday’s second chance event saw 31 players come back
to Snookers to compete for the $500 in added prize money.
Chad Bazinet bounced back from a final eight loss to Francisco
Cabral and double dipped Jim Prather in the finals 3-0 and
3-2 for first place.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Brick House Billiards
in N. Syracuse, NY for their next event on June 26th –
Second Chance Event
1st $340, Chad Bazinet
2nd $240, Jim Prather
3rd $160, Henry Cha
4th $120, Kerry McAuliffe
5/6th $80, Francisco Cabral
5/6th $80, Brian Tierney
7/8th $50, Steve Sutton
7/8th $50, Darren Jevons
ZENG BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST JOSS TOUR WIN
L-R Len Gianfrate and Sean
Sean Zeng has made a habit of cashing in
one Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop per year. He finished in 7th
place at Eastridge Billiards in 2018, 2nd in the second chance
tournament at Diamond Billiards in 2019 and 4th at Sharpshooters
early last year. Each finish was progressively better each
year as far as prize money, but if you are only going to cash
in one tour stop a year, you may as well shoot for the moon.
He hit the moon at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at Brickhouse
Billiards in Syracuse, NY on June 26th and 27th.
Zeng was one of the forty eight players who competed in this,
the second “post covid” stop on the tour. He kicked
things off with a win over Jordan Turner and then turned in
back to back hill-hill wins over Mike Lally and Bucky Souvanthong.
A must less stressful 9-4 win over Tony Antone sent Zeng into
Sunday play undefeated.
Zeng kept up his winning ways on Sunday with a 9-4 win over
Rohit Aggarwal. On the opposite side of the board, Len Gianfrate
had a little more of a problem with Marko Clarke, but won
the match 9-7. Zeng would then beat Gianfrate by that same
On the one loss side, two early tournament favorites were
heading towards a showdown. Both Ron Casanzio and Souvanthong
had lost their third round matches on Saturday. Souvanthong
to Zeng and Casanzio to Dave Grau in a 9-1 match he would
likely prefer to forget.
Casanzio and Souvanthong both had five straight match wins
on the left side of the board, and faced off against each
other for third place. As expected, that match was a close
one, that went to Casanzio 7-6. Casanzio would have to settle
for second place though, as he then lost to Gianfrate in the
semi-final match 7-5.
The rematch between Zeng and Gianfrate only went one set,
with Zeng scoring another 9-7 win for his first Joss NE 9-Ball
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw nineteen players
looking for their share of $500 in added prize money. The
winner’s side came down to Dan Sharlow and Dave Ricci,
with Ricci taking the hot-seat 3-1. After Sharlow eliminated
Jim Kearney on the one loss side, he came back and avenged
his earlier loss with a 3-1 win over Ricci in the first set
of the finals. The second set went to Ricci with another 3-1
scoreline for first place.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will take the 4th of July weekend
off, and get back to their next event at Utica Billiards on
the Boulevard in Utica, NY on July 10th – 11th.
1st $310, Dave Ricci
2nd $200, Dan Sharlow
3rd $150, Jim Kearney
4th $100, Nick Coppola
5/6th $60, Mike Renshaw
5/6th $60, Christine Cockrell