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Jeremy Sossei wins Al Conte Memorial

Dave Grau, Room Operator Andrea Duvall and Jeremy Sossei

He may have taken the long route, but Jeremy Sossei still ended up in the winner's circle at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour's Al Conte Memorial at Hippo's House of Billiards in Utica NY on December 5th and 6th.


Sossei took a much earlier trip to the one loss side than anyone expected, after losing a hill-hill match to Lyn Wechsler in the second round on Saturday. Sossei made himself comfortable on the left side of the board and started the long trek to the finals.


Back on the winner's side, Dave Grau and Bucky Souvanthong both remained unbeaten and met up for the hot-seat on Sunday. That match would go to Grau 9-7.


Sossei was still mowing them down on the left side of the board, with six straight wins before facing Souvanthong in the semi-finals. Bucky would quickly become win #7 for Sossei, with a 9-5 scoreline.


The finals would go both sets with Sossei easily winning the first set 9-1, and then winning a tougher second set 9-4 for nine straight wins and first place.


Sunday's second chance tournament saw Kevin Ketz taken to the second set of the finals before notching another Joss second chance tournament. It was smooth sailing for the hot-seat, as Ketz defeated Doug Wells 3-0. Wells then dropped another 3-0 match to Dick Cappotto in the semi-finals. The first set of the finals went to Cappotto 3-2, but Ketz came back to take the second set by the same 3-2 scoreline.


The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour now takes a break until the Turning Stone Classic XXV 9-Ball Open on January 7th – 10th.