Tension on the Lanes

by PBA Editor March 22, 2007 19:00
Several prominent names continue their quest of being named champion of the 2007 Denny’s World Championship, the third of four Majors on the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour.

Friday morning’s Round of 16 at Spectrum Lanes was quick for Brad Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.), who pulled off the round’s only sweep, taking down Edward Van Daniker Jr. (Essex, Md.), four-games-to-none, to advance to face Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.) in the Round of Super 16 beginning at 2 p.m. EST.

“Anytime I can win a quick match, I welcome it,” said Angelo. “The lanes were a little different today, they seemed a little tighter to the right. I couldn’t do the same things I did yesterday. I’m just going to try to keep up the success I’ve had in this tournament in the past. I’ve made the show twice and I seem to match up well on this pattern.

“Now that we are getting to the Super 16, some people might think that Todd Book’s lack of experience benefits me, but he throws the ball too good for me to have an advantage," Angelo continued. "I bowled him in amateurs and he’s a tough match.”

Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) was perfect in his fourth game against Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio), picking up a 300-236 win followed by a fifth game that went to a four-ball roll-off that Edwards eventually won, 40-39. Both bowlers struck with their first three balls in the extra frames before Loschetter left a 7-pin after Edwards had struck with his fourth.

Edwards used the momentum to take the seventh game, 235-216, and advance to face Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) in the Round of Super 16.

Chris Johnson’s match with Patrick Healey Jr. (Denton, Texas) had all the makings of the round’s second sweep as Healey raced to a 3-0 lead. The momentum swung in Johnson's (Garland, Texas) way in the fourth game, as he posted a 256, his best total of the match, to Healey’s 247.

Johnson went on to win the next three games, including a 210-209 win in the seventh game that came down to the final ball. After striking on five consecutive shots, Healey left a 6-7-10 split on his second shot in the 10th frame, opening the door for Johnson. The 2003-04 PBA Rookie of the Year opened the final frame with a spare before finishing with the strike to win the game and the match. Johnson will look to carry on his clutch bowling against another PBA veteran in Danny Wiseman (Baltimore, Md.).

Johnson and Healey’s match wasn’t the only match to feature seven games as three others went the distance. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (North Richland Hills, Texas), who was looking to take down another big name after upsetting Pete Weber, 4-1, in the Round of 32, fell to Tommy Jones in a match that went back and forth with Jones winning the first game and trading punches with Dorin-Ballard before winning the final game. Jones’ next match will pit the 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year against Denny’s teammate Tony Reyes (San Bruno, Calif.).

Two of the Tour’s younger bowlers also went seven games, although it looked like it wouldn’t last as long after Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis) took a 3-1 advantage over Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.). Rash ran off games of 288 and 277 in the next two games before finishing off Russell with 223-206 game-seven win. Rash will continue on to face 30-year old Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas).

The final seventh-game match came between two bowlers who are both looking for their first title on the season. After going down 3-2 to Brian Kretzer (Dayton, Ohio), Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) rattled off wins in the next two games to advance to face the tournament’s No. 1 seed in Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.).

Last week’s Pepsi Championship winner, Norm Duke, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over Chris Warren (Grants Pass, Ore.). Warren regained his composure, however, to win the next four games and take the match, 4-2. Duke, who posted scores of 257 and 246 in the first two games, did not top the 200 mark in his final four.

The final match of the round featured Brian Voss (Alpharetta, Ga.) continuing his run to secure an exemption for the 2007-08 Tour via the PBA World Point Rankings. Voss, who entered the week 41st in the rankings, needed six games to dispatch of Ritchie Allen, 4-2.

The pivotal point of the match came in the third game when Allen (Columbia, S.C.) put together a string of five strikes, forcing Voss to double in the 10th. The PBA Hall of Famer did so to pick up the 211-208 win and a 2-1 advantage in the match before winning two of the next three and the match.
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