March 22, 2007 19:00
Wes Malott and Tony Reyes faced off in the Round of 8 in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship for the right to be the lone finalist without a Denny’s PBA Tour Major title.
After six games of best-of-seven match play, Reyes (San Bruno, Calif.) advanced with a 4-2 win over Malott at Spectrum Lanes. While Malott opened hot with a 270-237 win in the first game, Reyes won the next two before Malott evened the match at two games apiece.
Reyes posted a 246 in games five and six, however, to Malott’s 189 and 219 to wrap up the match.
“It’s my second week in a row making the finals. I’m feeling hot and Michigan has been very good for me. I won my first title in Detroit, so I’m going to try to make it two-for-two,” said Reyes, who finished fourth in last week’s Pepsi Championship. “Every single guy in the finals is really strong. I am really confident that I’ll be able to pull this one out and join that elite group that’s won a Major title. I know all the guys have won a Major, so it’s going to be a really tough field.”
Reyes will face No. 6 Chris Barnes, the only bowler to go undefeated in match play.
Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) rolled through his two rounds of match play going 8-0 in defeating Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) in the Round of Super 16 and Tim Criss (Bel Air, Md.) in the Round of 8.
Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.) and Danny Wiseman (Baltimore, Md.) both advanced with 4-1 victories over Brad Angelo and Jeff Lizzi, respectively.
Kent, who was the tournament’s top bowler coming out of qualifying, opened the match with three straight wins over Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.), who was the only bowler in the Round of 8 who did not receive a bye in the first two rounds of match play.
Angelo took advantage of Kent’s low game in the fourth game to pick up his first and only win of the match, 220-172, before Kent rebounded with a 229-219 win to cap the five-game match.
Wiseman opened his match with a slim 209-207 win over Lizzi (Sandusky, Ohio) before winning the next game, 236-205. Lizzi took the third game, 181-169, before dropping the next two games and allowing Wiseman to advance to the finals to face Kent.
The four bowlers advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 2 p.m. EST at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The winner will take home $50,000 and a four-season exemption through the 2010-11 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
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