Elite Eight

by PBA Editor March 22, 2007 19:00
The Round of Super 16 is complete in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship and only eight bowlers remain in contention for the third of four Majors on the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour at Spectrum Lanes.

Brad Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.) continues his impressive run with his second consecutive sweep after dispatching Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.), four-games-to-none. Angelo had previously swept Edward Van Daniker Jr. in the Round of 16.

Angelo, the only bowler to advance who did not earn a bye past the first two rounds, will face a fellow New Yorker as the No. 1 seed Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.) advanced with a 4-2 win over Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) After falling behind 2-1, Kent quickly rebounded with three consecutive wins. The 200 mark was the deciding factor in the match as Kent stayed above it all six games while DeVaney fell below it in three of his four games, including all three losses.

A match-up of well-rested bowlers will occur in the Round of 8 as both Chris Barnes and Tim Criss, who both earned byes past the Rounds of 32 and 16 after finishing in the top eight spots in qualifying, swept their respective opponents in the Round of Super 16.

Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) took down Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) by posting three consecutive games of at least 246, while Tim Criss (Bel Air, Md.) eliminated PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (Alpharetta, Ga.), who now has to sit and wait for a possible exemption on the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour.

Tony Reyes (San Bruno, Calif.) disposed of a fellow Denny’s team member with a 4-1 win over Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.). Reyes ran out to a quick 3-0 lead before Jones rebounded with a 233-217 win, but Reyes completed the match with a 255-163 win in game five. While Reyes averaged 228.4 over the five games, Jones left 12 open frames throughout the match.

Reyes will take on Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas), who needed all seven games to slip past Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.). Rash jumped out to a 3-0 lead, which included a one-ball roll-off for a win in the second game, before the big Texan took the next four games in commanding fashion.

The fourth Round of 8 match-up will feature Jeff Lizzi (Sandusky, Ohio) taking on Danny Wiseman (Baltimore, Md.). Wiseman advanced in dramatic fashion, defeating Chris Johnson (Garland, Texas) in seven games, firing a 300 game to clinch the win. Johnson dropped the third game, 219-218, after leaving a 3-6-7 in the final frame and failing to convert the split.

Lizzi also had to go the distance to advance, defeating Chris Warren (Grants Pass, Ore.), 4-3. After dropping the first two games with scores of 193 and 197, Lizzi rebounded in the next two games before falling, 241-194, in game five. Lizzi came through with another pair of wins, overcoming an open frame in the seventh frame of the seventh game, to pull out the 206-191 win. Lizzi adds additional drama to the PBA World Point Rankings cut line for the 2007-08 season. If Lizzi wins the Denny’s World Championship, the cut line will move to 38th.
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