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Mathieu Steps in as Last Minute Sub and Leads Team to Lisciotti Cup Win

Steve Mack, Ryan Lineham, Lance Lisciotti, Brent Boemmels and Mike Mathieu (Ship The Cash)

Racks Billiards in Vernon, Ct was the place over the weekend of December 18th – 19th for the Lisciotti Cup 2021, a Mosconi Cup’ish team event to honor the memory of the late great Larry Lisciotti. 

Larry’s son, Lance Lisciotti, returned as the reigning team captain and he took turns “drafting” players against challenging team captain Eric Tang, building what they each hoped would be winning five player team. While the event format was similar to Mosconi Cup in the idea of matches seeing teams, singles and doubles facing off for overall points, one big difference in this event from the Mosconi Cup was the inclusion of different games, with the Lisciotti Cup seeing competition in 8-Ball, 9-Ball and 10-Ball. 

With team selections complete, Team Tang consisted of Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Matt Tetreault, Ryan Cullen, Alex Bausch and Tang. Team Lisciotti was made up of Ryan Lineham, Steve Mack, Brent Boemmels, Robert Piersa and Lisciotti. At the last minute, Team Lisciotti found their top pick, Piersa, would be unable to compete in the event. They quickly found Mike Mathieu ready to step in and play, and what a great decision that turned out to be. 

The first match of the day was the team event and Team Lisciotti found themselves trailing 4-0 in the race to five format. In stepped Mathieu to get his team on the board at 4-1, and that was all his team needed to find their groove and win the next four racks to steal the first point of the event. 

Mathieu then teamed up with Lineham to defeat Fracasso-Verner and Cullen for a 2-0 Team Lisciotti lead. The two teams traded the next three matches with Tetreault and Cullen winning singles matches for Team Tang, and Mack & Lisciotti winning a scotch doubles match. 

The final match of the day was Mathieu & Boemmels teaming up against Fracasso-Verner & Tang. Team Tang led this match 4-0, and looked to be on their way to a match win and overall tie score to end day one. That was until Mathieu showed his stuff again. He rallied he and Boemmels to a 5-4 win and an overall 4-2 lead to close out the day. 

Fracasso-Verner kicked off day two with a win over Lisciotti to get his team back within one at 4-3, but Lineham & Lisciotti scored a hill-hill win over Tetreault & Cullen to stretch the lead back to two at 5-3. Tang got a win over Mack and the deficit was one point again, before Mack & Boemmels earned a hill-hill victory over Bausch & Tang. 

That double win left Team Lisciotti on the hill at 6-4 and it was only fitting that they brought in their anchor for the next match. Mathieu scored a 5-2 win over Bausch with an amazing two rail kick/carom to pocket the final 10-ball for his team. 

You can check out the final shot in this video.

To no one’s surprise, Mathieu was named the unanimous MVP for the event. 

The event was streamed online by Ship The Cash, and can be viewed on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/shipthecashpool/videos/

Sossei and Fracasso-Verner Score Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Wins

Ryan Cullen, Jeremy Sossei and Yale Billiards Owner Bobby Hilton

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Stop at Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT on July 24th – 25th featured two division winners who will be hoping to build on their weekend wins in the upcoming week.

The main event winner, Jeremy Sossei, will be traveling 2500 miles west this week, as he heads to Tucson, Arizona for the Predator US Pro Billiard Series Stop at Casino Del Sol on July 28th – Aug 1st.

Sossei, a multiple time winner on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour, found himself in unfamiliar territory after dropping a late Saturday match to Ryan Cullen. Sossei had wins over Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Dave Fernandez and Pete Genovese before dropping a hill-hill match to Cullen late in the day on Saturday. Sossei then defeated Yesid Garibello on the one loss side 7-2 to end his Saturday play.

Sunday was business as usual for Sossei, with wins over Ron Casanzio, Shawn Dickson and Rob Piersa to earn a rematch with Cullen in the double elimination final match. Cullen had come back on Sunday to score wins over Bob Madenjian and Piersa to take his first career Joss Tour hot-seat, with hopes to turn that hot-seat into his first career Joss Tour Win. Cullen would have to wait for that first win though, as Sossei won both sets of the finals 9-4 and then 7-2 for the tournament win.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw a win from another competitor who will be adding to his frequent flyer miles this week. Lukas Fracasso-Verner will be traveling a little further this week, as he will fly to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior National Championship.

After the aforementioned loss to Sossei in the main event, Fracasso-Verner rode the one loss side with a bye and then three match wins before finally dropping a late Saturday match to Steve Mack to finish one spot out of the money. Undeterred, Fracasso-Verner came back for the second chance tournament on Sunday where he had wins over Demian Provost, Darren Jevons and Nick Coppola before dropping the hot-seat match to Joe Darigis 3-2. Fracasso-Verner took that loss in stride and quickly defeated Coppola 3-0 for another shot at Darigis in the finals. He then made the most of that second shot, scoring 3-1 and 3-2 wins for first place.

With the Yale Billiards stop being its final “supplemental tour stop”, the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will now take three months off before kicking off the official 2021/2022 season at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester, NY on October 2nd – 3rd.

2021 Ocean State 9-Ball – Frankie Hernandez vs Steve Mack

 

Dabreo Earns First Career Joss Tour Win

Mike Zuglan, Raphael Dabreo, Tom D’Alfonso and Snookers Owner Steve Goulding

Raphael Dabreo earned his first career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win over the weekend of March 2-3 with an undefeated run at the 10th New England Hall of Fame 9-Ball Open at Snookers Billiards in Providence, RI. 
 
After a hill-hill tester against Steve Mack in his second match of the day on Saturday, Dabreo finished day one of this event with a 9-5 win over Qais Kolee and then a 9-3 win over Marko Clarke. Joining Dabreo on the winner’s side on Sunday were Tom D’Alfonso, Austin Ross and Zion Zvi. Dabreo sent Zvi to the one loss side Sunday morning 9-6 and then took the hot-seat with a 9-3 win over D’Alfonso.
 
Ivaylo Petrov had lost to Pat Fleming midway through Saturday play, but bounced back nicely with six straight match wins on the left side of the board. Petrov would settle for third place though, as he finally lost to D’Alfonso 7-3 in the semi-final match. 
 
Dabreo came out on fire in the first set of the finals, taking a quick 3-0 lead. D’Alfonso then came back to win five straight racks for a 5-3 lead. After Dabreo tied things back up at 5-5, the match would be tied at 6-6 and 7-7. D’Alfonso got to the hill at 8-7, but a scratch on the break led to Dabreo running that rack to tie things again at 8-8. Dabreo came up dry on the break at hill-hill, but a D’Alfonso safety on the 1-ball left Dabreo the opening he needed and he ran that rack for the 9-8 win in one set. 
 
Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Ben Werblow go undefeated with wins over Joe Darigis for the hot-seat and again in the finals for the victory. 
 
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend (March 9-10) at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY. 

Sossei comes back from the loss side to take Lucasi Hybrid New England 9-Ball Series

Jeremy Sossei

Eight of the last fourteen matches played at the Lucasi Hybrid New England 9-Ball Series stop on Sunday, February 26 were double hill battles, including the hot seat, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The winner, Jeremy Sossei, who won seven straight on the loss-side to compete in the finals, was involved in three of those final four. The $350-added event drew 23 entrants to World Championship Billiards in Manchester, CT.

Sossei was sent west in an early round by Bobby Tuska, who moved on to the winners’ side final four and a match against Eric Tang. Steve Mack, in the meantime, squared off against Jason Conner. Tang won a double hill match over Tuska, as Mack sent Conner west 7-2. Tang got locked up in his second straight double hill match versus Mack, and won that, as well, leaving him in the hot seat, waiting on Sossei.

With two behind him on the loss side, Sossei shut out Irvin Simkins, and survived a double hill battle over Tom Torres, for the right to face Conner. Tuska faced Bob Madengin, who’d defeated Charlie Matarazzo 7-3 and survived his own double hill battle against Kevin Baccio.  Sossei didn’t give up a single rack in the match against Conner that sent him to the quarterfinals. Madengin spoiled the potential Sossei/Tuska re-match with a 7-3 victory over Tuska.

Sossei then won three straight double hill matches to secure the event title. He defeated Madengin in the quarterfinals, and then, Mack in the semifinals for a chance at Tang in the hot seat. He completed the event with a double hill win over Tang in the finals.

Jeremy Sossei wins 2nd straight Larry Lisciotti Memorial

On the weekend of February 11-12, 2012 the East Coast Pool Tour hosted the 7th annual Larry Lisciotti Memorial at Branford Cue and brew in Branford CT. The $500 added event drew 46 players to the even race to 7 two day tournament.

On the A/B side of the bracket saw Jeremy Sossei cruising to the finals after a close first round hill hill match with Chuck Altomare. After that, Jeremy beat Tommy Seminaro Jr. 7-2, Brent Boemmels 7-0 and then Clint Thompson 7-1 to secure his spot in the hot seat match.

The C/D side of the Bracket saw a battle of hill hill matches. It was Eric Graven (C+) that fought his way to the hot seat match against Jeremy. Eric had wins over Dave Corley, Mike Zingarella, and Jeff Geremia

The hot seat match saw Jeremy Sossei take complete control from the start winning 7-1 against Eric Graven.

On the loser side of the bracket it was Steve Mack (A) coming back after losing his first match to Brent Boemmels 7-6, winning 9 matches in a row to play Jeremy in the finals. On his way back to the finals he beat Tom Torres, Rob Persia, John Ortiz, Phil Davis, Brent Boemmels, Lance Lisciotti 7-5, Clint Thompson 7-4, Dave Corley 7-5 Eric Graven 7-3.

Throughout the tournament Jeremy Sossei seemed to be the player to beat who looked to be playing perfect pool. He proved his point in the finals cruising to a 7-0 victory break and running 4 racks in the set. Jeremy pocketed $650 for first place while Mack settled with $440 for second place.

The break contest saw Damien Provost winning the $800 Greg Kucharski custom cue that was generously donated to the tournament.

Sossei undefeated in Milford

Jeremy Sossei helped the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kick off 2012 with an undefeated (and untested) run through a field of 56 other players at Fast Eddie’s Billiards Cafe in New Milford, Ct.

Sossei raced through play on both January 7th and 8th without allowing any opponents to even get close to him. Chance Chin and Damian Provost both won five games before Sossei got to nine and that was the closest an opponent would get to him.

Sossei took the hot-seat with a 9-4 win over Vinny Zuniga, a player who had been away from the tour for a few years, by the score of 9-4. After Zuniga eliminated Nick Conner 9-5, the rematch between Sossei and Zuniga was on. The rematch would go just as quickly as the hot-seat match though, was Sossei won 9-2 to capture first place.

Sossei pocketed $1100 for first place, while Zuniga settled for $800 in second place prize money. The second place finish was the best finish Zuniga has turned in on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour.

The second chance event on Sunday drew twelve players, and Steve Mack was the winner with an undefeated run through the field that included a 3-1 win over Brent Boemmels in the finals.

Players are reminded that the next Joss NE 9-Ball tour event will not be at Diamond 8 as had originally been scheduled. That stop has been cancelled and the next stop will instead be at Sharp Shooters Billiards (Formerly Main Street Billiards) in Amsterdam NY on February 18th and 19th.