Fisher and Dechaine conquer Ultimate 10-Ball Championships

Mike Dechaine

Mike Dechaine and Allison Fisher are the 2011 Ultimate 10-Ball Champions. The event was held at the Frisco Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco Texas over April 22 - 24th.

Fisher's win over Kelly Fisher was a mirror image of their match on the winners side Saturday night. In that match, Kelly looked to be in complete control at 5-1, only to be forced to watch Allison win six straight games for the 7-5 lead.

After a one sided win over Angel Paglia earlier on Sunday, Kelly came to the final match with that same fire in her eyes that she always has and looked to have erased the memory of her earlier loss to Allison.

The final match was an extended race to ten and Kelly had the first opportunity, which she took full advantage of, for the 1-0 lead. Allison came back and tied the match at 1-1. The match would be tied again at 2-2 and 3-3, before Kelly forged ahead to a 5-3 lead. Kelly kept a two rack lead at 6-4 and then moved ahead by three at 7-4.

Trailing by three racks, the heat was on Allison to do something. And 'do something' she did. Just as she had won six straight games against Kelly on Saturday, Allison took control and again won six straight games for the 10-7 win.

The men's finals was an extended race to twelve between undefeated Jeremy Jones and Mike Dechaine. Dechaine was coming off a hill-hill nail-biter against Jason Klatt and Jones - who lives in Texas - had a rail full of fans cheering him on.

The match promised to be a great study in contrasting styles as Dechaine is a 'fast and loose' shooter who never saw a shot that his stroke didn't like, while Jones is a more studious player who rarely takes unwarranted risks.

The match started out close and would remain close for the majority of the match. Just like the women's match before it, the match was tied at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3. Dechaine would be the first player to forge a lead of more than one rack and held a three rack lead at 6-3. That lead would be short lived as Jones came back to win three in a row and tie the score again at 6-6. The score would again be tied at 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 and 10-10.

The next money ball that dropped put Dechaine on the hill, but Jones had the break in the next rack. Jones made a ball and ran to the 4-ball before a fluke miss. Both Jones and Dechaine looked stunned when the 4-ball didn't find the pocket. Dechaine took a quick second to calm his nerves and ran down to a bit of a tester on the 9-ball. Dechaine made the ball with no problem, leaving one last ball between him and the largest title of his young career. Dechaine quickly called "extension - definitely" in order to take an extra few seconds on the ten-ball and then fired it into the hole for the win.

Fisher pocketed $5,600 for her win, while Dechaine took home $16,600 for his win.