Nov. 26, 2015
Jayson Shaw added another title to his already impressive resume with a hard earned undefeated run at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour's 27th Annual Ocean State 9-Ball Championship at Snookers in Providence, RI on November 21st - 22nd.
While Shaw went through the field undefeated, it was no cake-walk. In the final four on the winner's side, Shaw had to get by three time defending champion Mike Dechaine. After that win, Shaw sent Ron Casanzio to the left side 9-5 for the hot-seat.
Prior to the loss to Shaw, Casanzio had sent another former winner, Jeremy Sossei, to the one loss side. Sossei was waiting on the one loss side, and he duplicated Shaw's 9-5 win over Casanzio to send Casanzio home in third place.
The final match looked to be an easy one for Shaw, as he raced to the hill at 8-2 in the first set of the double elimination finals. Then Sossei won a game. And then another. And then another. Before Shaw knew what hit him, Sossei had won six straight games to tie the score at 8-8 with Sossei breaking. Sossei made a ball on the break, but couldn't get out in the final rack. A short safety battle ensued, which looked to be won by Sossei, but he missed a tricky 5-ball and Shaw quickly ran out the last five balls for the 9-8 win.
Shaw earned $2700 for the win, while Sossei settled for $2000 in second place prize money.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Hippos House of Billiards in Utica, NY on December 5th - 6th for their next stop, The Al Conte Memorial. This event was originally scheduled for November 7th - 8th, but was rescheduled for the first weekend in December.