Sossei Wins Second Straight Joss Tour Stop

Jeremy Sossei, Billiards on the Boulevard Owner Andrea Duvall and Bucky Souvanthong

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour travelled to Utica, NY for its 12th stop of the season at Utica Billiards on the Boulevard on March 11th – 12th, where  Jeremy Sossei scored his second consecutive tour title. 

Sossei advanced through a field of 59 players, with an undefeated run on Saturday. To no one’s surprise, Sossei was joined in the final four undefeated players by the top 3 players on the tour points list, Ron Casanzio, Ray McNamara and Bucky Souvanthong. 

Sossei defeated Casanzio in his first Sunday morning match 9-6, while Souvanthong upended McNamara 9-4. Souvanthong then defeated Sossei for the hot-seat in a hill-hill match. 

On the one loss side, the story was Bruce Carroll. Carroll had lost his first match of the event to Nick Coppola, but had bounced back with nine straight match wins on the left side of the board. After a hill-hill win over McNamara, Carroll was finally stopped by Casanzio 7-1, and had to settle for 4th place. 

The semi-final match was a repeat of their match earlier in the day, and Casanzio still didn’t have an answer as to how to beat Sossei. The rematch went hill-hill, before Sossei pocketed the final ball. 

While Casanzio had not been able to avenge his loss to Sossei, Sossei was able to avenge his earlier loss, as he defeated Souvanthong in the first set of the finals 9-7. The second set was a 7-0 whitewash, with Sossei scoring the win and earning his second straight tour title. 

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Mehdi Bahloul drop his second match of the day to Tito Ortiz, before coming back for a nine match winning streak of his own. Bahloul defeated Nate Marshall in the double elimination finals 3-1 and 3-0, for his first Joss Tour second chance event win. 

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