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Powers comes back from semifinals to double dip Dinh on J. Pechauer Ride the 9 Tour stop

Between the hot seat and true double elimination finals, Ed Powers and Quoc Dinh played 26 games of pool. They each won 13 of them, but the last 10 won by Powers were in the two final matches, as he came back to capture the August 26 stop on the J. Pechauer Ride the 9 Tour. The $200-added (by Josh and Steve Soulliere) event drew 28 entrants to Bo’s Billiards in Warwick, RI.

Dinh and Powers were among the winners’ side final four with Dinh facing Paul Linteris, as Powers squared off against T. J. Perrino. They each gave up only a single rack in the two matches that advanced them to the hot seat battle; Dinh 5-1 over Linteris, Powers 3-1 over Perrino. Dinh got into the hot seat, winning the first of three against Powers 5-3.

Linteris moved over to the loss side, picking up Ranulf Tamba, who’d defeated Charles Matarazzo, double hill, and shut out Kevin Bauccio. Perrino drew Derrick Morgado, who was in the midst of a four-game, loss-side winning streak, and who’d shut out Scott Reynolds and downed Bill Roberge 4-2. Morgado and Tamba advanced to the quarterfinals; Morgado with a 4-1 victory over Perrino, and Tamba 5-3 versus Linteris.

Tamba defeated Morgado 5-2 in those quarterfinals, and turned to face Powers. Powers, anxious for a second crack at Dinh, defeated Tamba 4-3 in the semifinals to earn the re-match.

Powers took full advantage of his second (and third) chance. He captured the event title by surviving a double hill opening set in the true double elimination final, and then, took the second set, double hill, as well. 

Fredette goes undefeated in tightly contested J. Pechauer Ride the 9 Tour stop

The final five matches of the May 27 stop on the J. Pechauer Ride the 9 Tour were double hill battles that eventually led to the crowning of Dave Fredette as the undefeated event titleist. The  $425-added event drew 38 entrants to Bo’s Billiards in Warwick, RI.

All three of the matches among the winners’ side final four were double hill affairs. Fredette defeated John Korpusik and moved into the hot seat match against Bill Roberge, who’d defeated Andy Maynard. In a straight-up race to five, Fredette gained the hot seat 5-4 over Roberge.

Maynard moved to the loss side to pick up Mike Demarco, who’d gotten by Jason D’Angelo 5-2, and Danny Pavao 4-3. Korpusik faced Zack Thweib, who was in the midst of a six-match, loss-side winning streak that would take him to the semifinals. He got by Ranulf Tamba 5-2 and Van Sy 5-1 to face Korpusik. Maynard got back to his winning ways with a double hill win over Demarco, but it was Thweib advancing to meet him in the quarterfinals with a 5-1 victory over Korpusik.

 Thweib completed his loss-side streak by shutting out Maynard in the quarterfinals. He battled to double hill in the semifinals against Roberge that followed, but Roberge prevailed for a second shot at Fredette. As they’d done in the hot seat match, Roberge and Fredette battled to double hill in the straight-up, race-to-five finals, before Fredette completed his undefeated day.

Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff of Bo’s Billiards for hosting the event.

Dupuis picks up last-minute win on J. Pechauer Ride the 9 Tour stop in RI

With a mandatory closing time creeping up on them during the latest stop on the J. Pechauer Ride the 9 Tour, on Sunday, January 15, Joey Dupuis and Nelson Oliviera played a quick, race-to-2 second set that handed Oliviera his second defeat and earned Dupuis the tournament title. The event drew 49 entrants to Bo’s Billiards in Warwick, RI.

From among the winners’ side final four, Dupuis sent Bill Roberge west with a 7-2 victory, as Danny Pavao was busy shutting out Steven Kang. Dupuis moved into the hot seat with a shutout over Pavao, and waited for Oliviera’s return.

Oliviera, in the meantime, was in the midst of an eight-game, loss-side winning streak that would get him back to the finals. With three in his rearview mirror, he defeated Roarke Dickson 5-1, and Ray Marotto 5-3, to pick up Roberge. Kang drew Richie Britt, who’d gotten by Jeff DeRosa 6-2 and Stacie Bourbeau 6-1. Oliviera downed Roberge 7-3, and was joined in the quarterfinals by Britt who’d eliminated Kang 5-3.

Oliviera dropped Britt into fourth place 5-2 and then shut out Pavao 6-0 in the semifinals. He took the opening set of what was to have been a true double elimination final 5-3. In light of an approaching closing time, the race-to-2 second set was devised and Dupuis won both games to secure the event title.

Tour representatives thanked Bo’s Billiards’ owners Joshua and Steve Soulliere for their continued hospitality over four years of association with the tour. They also thanked sponsors J. Pechauer, CueShark, Magic Rack (CSI) and Narragansett Beer. Next stop on the J. Pechaeur Ride the 9 Tour will be a $700-added event, scheduled for February 12 at Snookers in Providence, RI.