Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen Advance to PBA League Semifinal Round

by Bill Vint April 29, 2018 11:58

PORTLAND, Maine – The two-time defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers will carry their bid to become the first three-time OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup champion into the semifinal round after a thrilling extra frame victory over the GEICO NYC WTT KingPins, but standing in the way will be a determined Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen team that has its collective eyes focused on winning its first Elias Cup.

The third and fourth best-of-two-game quarterfinal rounds matches, which are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, were contested at Bayside Bowl and aired Sunday on ESPN.

Dallas Strikers_Sherman.Kyle_2018 PBAL QtrF 3 (3)Dallas lived up to its nickname, roaring out of the gate with a string of six strikes by Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman (at right), Tommy Jones and player-manager Norm Duke to build a 40-pin lead after five frames. The KingPins, fired up by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (below left), rallied with a late string of four strikes, but couldn’t overcome Dallas’ early lead.

NYC KingPins_Weber.Pete_2018 PBAL QtrF 3 (1)With a 241-224 victory in hand, Dallas looked like it was going to run away with a two-game sweep, starting game two with four strikes. But Duke left a 3-10 split in the fifth frame, which he converted, but the KingPins got on a roll while the Strikers stumbled late in the game, losing to New York City, 237-208, to force the first one-ball sudden-death roll-off of the 2018 competition.

The matter was settled quickly when KingPins’ anchor Marshall Kent left a ringing 10 pin, and Duke, a PBA Hall of Famer and 38-time PBA Tour champion, struck.

“We had them; we started with four in a row and I made about the worst shot you can possibly make (in the fifth frame of game two),” Duke said, “and then it was a series of mistakes. But that’s the thing about winning game one. You’re still in it. In this format, unless you’re dominant and sweep, it’s going to come down to one ball and we all know it.

“Nobody wants it, really,” he added. “Even if you’re on the right lane. Even if you’re of sound mind. You grab the ball and your legs start shaking. You saw me balk. It was partly because (the down lane camera man) scooted his chair, but it also gave me a chance to come back and regroup because my legs were noodles.

“That’s pressure right there. I’ve been in that situation many times but I was scared out of my wits. You’re kinda bowling in a state of shock. It wasn’t my best shot, but I knew off my hand it was really close. I knew it was nine or better, and if I carried the 10, we win the match. And we did.”

Portland Lumberjacks_Ciminelli.Ryan_2018 PBAL QtrF 4 (1)In the final quarterfinal match, Philadelphia used a steady approach with critical clutch shots to topple the hometown Lumberjacks, 224-222, in the opening game (Portland’s Ryan Ciminelli at right) and easily won game two, 209-157, when Portland ran into all kinds of problems, throwing only two strikes along with a split and two missed spares. The Hitmen got a string of five strikes from no. five bowler Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett and Matt Sanders (featured photo) to turn the match into a rout.

“It was nip-and-tuck for the first match but my guys bowled as well today, if not better, than they did in the seeding tournament,” said Philadelphia manager Jason Couch. “We don’t have a great history in this event. We’ve struggled from time to time, and this is the third time in four years we’ve drawn the home team, which makes for a tough environment. But I’m proud of the way my guys bowled today.

“Matt Sanders is our new guy,” Couch said of the PBA’s 2017 Rookie of the Year. “I don’t know him really well, but I watched him bowl all week and he’s the real deal. I have no problem putting him in the five hole, or the four hole. He’s a good player.

“Tom Smallwood? He’s a late bloomer, but he’s been money for me,” Couch added. “He seems to thrive in this environment when you wouldn’t think he would. He’s a quiet guy but he never has a problem taking on the responsibility.”

In the first semifinal round match that will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET, the Barbasol Motown Muscle, who have never won the Elias Cup, will meet the two-time past champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The second semifinal will involve the Dallas Strikers and the Philadelphia Hitmen, who also have never won the Elias Cup.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN) 

Quarterfinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Match Three: Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman, Tommy Jones, Norm Duke) def. GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Sam Cooley, Anthony Pepe, Pete Weber, BJ Moore, Marshall Kent), 241-224, 208-237, 10-9 in one-ball roll-off.

Match Four: Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders) def. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (Ryan Ciminelli, Jojoe Yannaphon, DJ Archer, Kyle Troup, Wes Malott), 224-222, 209-157.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE ESPN SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 1 P.M. ET

Semifinal Match One: Barbasol Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett) vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes).

Semifinal Match Two: Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman, Tommy Jones, Norm Duke) vs. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders).

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 1 P.M. ET

Elias Cup championship finals (best of two games, Baker format team games; one-ball sudden-death roll-off will decide any ties)

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PBA Spare Shots: Young PBA League Fan’s Birthday Wish Comes True at Bayside Bowl

by Bill Vint April 27, 2018 12:10

The PBA League program at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, has become a legend in its own time, thanks in part to its rabid fan base in Portland and around the world. They come in all sizes and ages, as evident by the story of Chicago’s Pierce Klein (in black knit hat below).

klein familyWhen Pierce’s mother, Jaime, asked him what he’d like to do to celebrate his third birthday, Pierce said, “To meet EJ Tackett at Bayside Bowl and give him a hug.”

So that’s what Jaime, husband Marc and siblings Liv and Miles did. They loaded up the car and drove to Portland where Pierce got his hug and met several other players including Marshall Kent and AJ Johnson from Oswego, Ill.

“We are all so obsessed (with bowling) that we even have a bowling alley in our basement,” Jaime said. “It’s generational and we love it. Coming here is better than Disney.”

PBA50, PWBA FINALS SET FOR SATURDAY, LIVE ON XTRA FRAME

In addition to exclusive live coverage of the PBA50 Tour’s first major championship of the 2018 season from Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., Xtra Frame will provide start-to-finish coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association’s Las Vegas Open today and Saturday, concluding with the stepladder finals at 7:45 p.m. ET Saturday.

The PWBA finals will go on the air one hour after the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical title is decided in The Villages. The PBA50 National Championship finals begin on Xtra Frame at 6:45 p.m.

Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the PBA will be the livestream home of the PWBA Tour throughout the 2018 season, providing live coverage of all 14 events, including the stepladder finals of the first six standard events. Other finals will air on CBS Sports Network.

To enroll as an XtraFrame subscriber, visit xtraframe.tv. An entire month of coverage costs only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available, for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 21 THRU 25

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 21 through 25 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

21) In 1997, the PBA St. Clair Classic was the last Pro Bowlers Tour event televised by ABC Sports, ending a 36-year run. The title match between Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber was won by Williams, 206-195, and included an emotional farewell video tribute to ABC announcers Nelson “Bo” Burton Jr. and Chris Schenkel who broke down in tears at the end of the telecast.

22) By winning a PBA Senior Regional event in Taylorville, Ill. in 2002, Dick Weber became the first player to win PBA titles at any level in six consecutive decades. Weber won his first PBA title in the 1959 Paramus Eastern Open, the second PBA event ever held. It was the first of 23 consecutive top 24 finishes extending into 1962 - a record that has never been broken.

23) In the 1994 PBA National Championship at Ducat’s Imperial Lanes in Toledo, Ohio, Johnny Petraglia threw the seventh televised 300 game in PBA history, defeating Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the second match and earning a $100,000 bonus.

24) In the last Firestone-sponsored PBA Tournament of Champions, George Branham III became the first African-American to win a PBA Tour major championship, defeating Parker Bohn III, 227-214, at Riviera Lanes in 1993.

25) With a 266-224 win over Ryan Shafer, Jason Couch became the only bowler in PBA Tour history to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions and joined Mike Durbin as the second player to win the event three times. Couch’s wins came in 1999, 2000 and 2002 (event was not held in 2001) and they took place in three different centers – Incred-A-Bowl in Overland Park, Kan.; Brunswick Zone-Deer Park in Lake Zurich, Ill., and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., respectively.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: OVIATT WINS FIRST PBA TITLE IN SOUTH POINT DOUBLES EVENT

Russ Oviatt of Chandler, Ariz. and non-member partner Eric Hatchett teamed up to win Sunday’s South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles title at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas after non-member Kevin Jenkins of Anthem, Ariz., won the South Point West Challenge portion of the PBA West Region doubleheader on Friday.

In the preliminary singles event, Jenkins defeated fellow non-member Antonio Palangio of Pittsburg, Pa., 247-168, to earn the $1,500 first prize. PBA Challenge events are open to non-champions only. Because he is not a PBA member, Jenkins doesn’t get credit for a PBA title.

In Sunday’s title match, Hatchett, from Henderson, Nev., and Oviatt defeated non-member Riely Chin of Fresno, Calif., and Canadian Ray Lussier, now living in San Jose, 454-426, to claim the $4,000 first prize. With the win, Oviatt earned his first PBA Regional title.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix showed the field why he earned the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year title defeating PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 268-183, to win the fifth annual PBA50 Sarasota Southern Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla., on April 20.

Haugen, who picked up his 25th overall PBA Regional title, won easily after starting with the front six strikes while Mohr had two open frames in the first half of the game. Haugen earned $2,000.

In the semifinal round, Haugen eliminated Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 259-235, while Mohr took out Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, 245-192.

Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio by 37 pins Sunday to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Cook finished with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,705 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, for his first PBA Central Region title. He also earned $2,500.

● Closing out the month over the April 27-29 weekend will be the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open, presented by Storm, in Rockaway, N.J., and the PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● PBA Tour champion Ray Orf, a St. Louis pro shop operator who won the 1962 All-American Classic in Dallas and six PBA Regional titles, died on April 20 in St. Louis. He was 76. Orf, a member of the Missouri and St. Louis Bowling Halls of Fame, had his finest year in PBA Tour competition in 1962 when he cashed in nine of 18 events. His family asked that donations to the charity of your choice be made in his name. 

● Turbo 2-n-1 Grips founder and owner Dave Bernhardt was on his way home to Detroit Thursday, six days after suffering a heart attack during the PBA50 Lucas|Magazine Open in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to a Facebook post by his daughter, Turbo President Lori Mraz. Mraz noted Bernhardt, 71, underwent successful surgery to correct a pair of coronary blockages and is already thinking about rejoining the PBA50 Tour later in the summer.

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Sunday on ESPN: Dallas Strikers Begin Bid for Third Consecutive PBA League Elias Cup

by Bill Vint April 27, 2018 09:37

PORTLAND, Maine – The Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule rolls on Sunday with quarterfinal matches three and four from Bayside Bowl, featuring the two-time defending OceanView at Falmouth PBA League champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers meeting the GEICO NYC WTT KingPins followed by a match between the hometown favorite Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks taking on the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen. ESPN’s coverage begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

At stake are berths in the Elias Cup semifinal round for both winning teams. The Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters and the Barbasol Motown Muscle previously locked up their berths in the other semifinal match with victories over the OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles and the bowlingball.com L.A. X, respectively.

The Strikers, led by player-manager and reigning PBA League MVP Norm Duke, qualified seventh in the eight-team “seeding” tournament leading into the PBA League competition, and technically will be the underdogs against the KingPins, who qualified second. Duke’s Dallas Strikers teammates include PBA Tour champions Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Tommy Jones and PBA League rookie Kyle Sherman.

The KingPins are led by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, and will be seeking their second Elias Cup after winning the inaugural PBA League championship in 2013. The KingPins’ lineup also will include PBA Tour winners Marshall Kent and Anthony Pepe along with Australia’s Sam Cooley and BJ Moore, who bowled with the Elias Cup champion Strikers in both 2016 and 2017.

Quarterfinal match four will include the third-seeded Hitmen vs. the no. six Lumberjacks. The Hitmen, who have never advanced to the Elias Cup finals, include PBA Tour veteran champions Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett and Tom Smallwood along with 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders. The Lumberjacks, last year’s runners-up, are anchored by former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott. His teammates are PBA Tour titlists Ryan Ciminelli, DJ Archer and Kyle Troup along with newcomer Jojoe Yannaphon of Thailand.

Sunday’s competition will involve two best-of-two-game Baker format team matches, with a one-ball sudden-death roll-off deciding any ties. The winning teams will meet in the second semifinal round match that will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET.

The 2018 Elias Cup and Mark Roth PBA League MVP will be decided on ESPN on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. ET. The new Elias Cup finals format will include two best-of-two-game Baker format team matches which presents the potential for a maximum of seven one-ball sudden-death roll-offs to decide ties.

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Motown Muscle Advance as PBA League Competition Begins in Portland

by Bill Vint April 22, 2018 11:59

PORTLAND, Maine – The two-time past champion Oceanview at Falmouth Silver Lake Atom Splitters will continue their bid for a third OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup in the semifinal round, but the underdog Barbasol Motown Muscle will have a say in Silver Lake’s future after posting an inspired opening-round victory as the sixth edition of the Elias Cup competition got off to a thunderous start in front of a sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl.

The first two best-of-two-game quarterfinal rounds matches, which are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, aired Sunday on ESPN.

In the first best-of-two-game match of the 2018 PBA League competition, the underdog Motown Muscle knocked out the top-seeded bowlingball.com L.A. X team, 233-194 and 219-210. The first game of the Baker format match included two strings of four strikes by Motown’s Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe (shown in feature photo), Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett while L.A. X threw only one strike in the first eight frames.

butturffGame two was a nail-biter heading into the 10th frame where Tackett, working on a strike, left a 4 pin. L.A. X anchor bowler Jakob Butturff (at left) needed two strikes and nine pins to send the match into a one-ball sudden-death roll-off, but he left a 7 pin to hand Motown’s its first sweep in the PBA League’s six-year history.

“That was exciting,” Motown manager Del Ballard Jr. said. “I thought (Butturff’s) second shot was better than the first, but he didn’t get the strike.

“We obviously weren’t overconfident (after qualifying eighth),” he added. “We’ve always had a good team on paper, but not when it counts. Today was a different day than yesterday. I just tried to keep my guys loose. I told them, when you think about it, we had a USBC Masters champion (Simonsen), a U.S. Open champion (Lavoie), a two-time PBA World Champion (Tackett), the best player in his home country (Japan’s Kawazoe) and we still didn’t stack up against (L.A. X’s Jason Belmonte, a 17-time PBA Tour champion and four-time PBA Player of the Year).

“But the PBA League is about the team, not one guy. I didn’t want my guys over-thinking so we narrowed things down to one or two balls for each player to make decisions simpler, and it worked out perfectly.”

AJ AndersonIn the second match, the 2014 and 2015 Elias Cup champion Atom Splitters got off to a slow start against Brooklyn, but Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson (above), Tom Daugherty and anchor bowler Chris Barnes combined for a string of five strikes, taking the lead when Brooklyn’s PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Parker Bohn III (below) left back-to-back splits. A late string of five strikes wasn’t enough as the Atom Splitters took a 223-212 decision.

Game two wasn’t as close. Silver Lake struck on seven of its first eight shots and ran away with a 257-205 victory after the Styles left seven single pins.

bohn“The first game is always nerve-wracking,” said Silver Lake manager Mark Baker. “The adrenalin kicks in for everyone. You can’t explain to first-time bowlers what it’s going to be like with the crowds here. Even my heart started pumping.”

A pivotal shot involved Barnes converting the 2-5-8 in the 10th frame of game one, which gave the Atom Splitters the win.

“Chris making that spare was huge,” Baker said. “We won the first game, and when that happens, you know you will at least tie. When you win the first game, you know you’ve got a free swing at it in game two. It got all of our guys a little looser.”

Motown, which has never won the Elias Cup, will meet the Atom Splitters in the first semifinal round match that will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET.

The final two quarterfinal round matches – New York City vs. Dallas and Philadelphia vs. Portland – will air next Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. ET with the winners advancing to the second semifinal match on May 6. The Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. All ESPN telecasts are being simultaneously streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN) 

Quarterfinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Match One: Barbasol Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett) def. bowlingball.com L.A. X (Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa, Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff), 233-194, 219-210.

Match Two: Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes) def. OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady), 223-212, 257-205.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE ESPN SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 1 P.M. ET
Quarterfinal Match Three: 
GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe) vs. Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman).

Quarterfinal Match Four:
Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter) vs. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Jojoe Yannaphon).
                                                                                                            
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 1 P.M. ET
Semifinal Match One
: Barbasol Motown Muscle vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
Semifinal Match Two: GEICO NYC WTT KingPins- Shipyard Dallas Strikers Winner vs. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen-Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks Winner.

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 1 P.M. ET
Elias Cup championship finals (best of two games, Baker format team games; one-ball sudden-death roll-off will decide any ties)

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Bowlingball.com L.A. X Earns No. 1 Berth for OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup Finals

by Bill Vint April 20, 2018 18:37

PORTLAND, Maine – The internationally-dominated bowlingball.com L.A. X team, which is trying for its first Elias Cup, qualified as the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s OceanView at Falmouth PBA League finals, averaging 234 as a team Friday night to pace the eight teams of Professional Bowlers Association stars who bowled for seeding positions during an eight-game Baker format qualifying round at Bayside Bowl.

L.A. X, as the No. 1 team, will meet the No. 8 Barbasol Motown Muscle in their opening match of the single-elimination bracket competition that begins Saturday. L.A. X’s lineup includes Australia’s Jason Belmonte, England’s Stuart Williams, Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Finland’s Osku Palermaa and one American, left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz. L.A. X will kick off PBA League competition Saturday against Motown’s lineup of EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, and Josh Blanchard. Motown also is trying for his first Elias Cup, awarded to the winning team.

PBA League competition will involve best-of-two-game Baker format matches in which requires each of the five players will bowl two frames to complete a game. In the best-of-two-game competition, if a match ends in a tie, one player from each team will throw one shot in a sudden-death roll-off until the outcome is decided.

While Friday night’s session included some bonus prize money for the top three teams, the “seeding tournament” was more about experimenting with lineups to try to find the best lineup arrangement for competition that begins for real on Saturday.

“This event was where you find out how your guys relate to each other, but tomorrow will be different,” noted Barbasol Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard. “We’ll find out during the practice session tomorrow morning how we want to set up our lineup.”

Following the L.A. X vs. Motown match, the OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles will bowl the Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the second opening-round match. The GEICO NYC WTT KingPins, which won the inaugural Elias Cup title in 2013, will meet the two-time defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers in their opening match Saturday afternoon.

“This is a good night to find out where you want to put guys in your lineup tomorrow,” said Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch, whose team qualified in the No. 3 position and will face the hometown favorites, the Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks, in the final opening round match.

The quarterfinal rounds will be contested at noon and 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Saturday’s winners advance to the semifinal round matches at noon. Sunday, followed by the Elias Cup championship match at 3:30 p.m.

The new Elias Cup finals format will be an extension of the previous rounds, except teams will bowl two best-of-two-game Baker format matches. If either or both match ends in a tie, it will be decided by a one-ball sudden-death roll-off. If both teams are tied at the end of two matches, the Elias Cup will be decided by a one-ball roll-off.

All PBA League matches will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning this Sunday, and they also will be live-streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN as they happen. The OceanView at Falmouth PBA League is part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, Friday

OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Qualifying Results (after 8 Baker format games; finishing position determines the team’s bracket position for the PBA League finals):

1, bowlingball.com L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain; players: Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa), 1,872, $12,000.
2, GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; players: Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe), 1,807, $6,000.
3, Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch; players: Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter), 1,791, $3,000.
4, OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia; players: Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner), 1,774.
5, Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker; players: Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson), 1,741.
6, Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack; players: Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Jojoe Yannaphon), 1,733.
7, Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (player-manager Norm Duke; players: Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman), 1,722.
8, Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.; players: EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard), 1,625.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (PBA League Quarterfinals)
Noon – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Quarterfinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Match One: bowlingball.com L.A. X vs. Barbasol Motown Muscle.
    Match Two: OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
3:30 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Quarterfinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Match Three: GEICO NYC WTT KingPins vs. Shipyard Dallas Strikers.
    Match Four: Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen vs. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks.
                                                                                                           
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (PBA League Semifinals and Finals)
Noon – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Semifinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two.
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four.
3:30 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup finals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m. ET)

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