July 14, 2007 19:00
Their team name means “good karma” in Hawaiian and so far in the GEICO® PBA All-Star Shootout Hosted by Six Flags, Tony Reyes and Robert Smith definitely have karma on their side.
The “Kokua Brothers” improved to 2-0 in round robin match play with a 243-206 win over the “Southside Playas” team of Jason Couch and Billy Oatman to move one win away from the championship round.
Reyes and Smith fell behind early after Smith left a 7-10 split in the third frame. In this special alternate shot doubles event, teammates attempt to pick up each others spares, but Reyes was unable to convert and the Southside Playas took the lead.
The California natives bounced back to strike in their next seven frames, however, while Couch and Oatman had an open in the sixth frame giving the Kokua Brothers a big lead.
Reyes and Smith missed their chance at an endless 10th frame when Reyes left a seven count on their second shot in the 10th, and Couch and Oatman still had a chance to climb back by striking on their fill ball. Teams striking on their fill ball are awarded an “endless 10th frame” where additional strikes are worth 10 bonus pins, but they must come in succession.
After Couch struck with their first shot in the 10th, Oatman was unable to strike, however, and Reyes and Smith stayed undefeated.
In other matches, Tommy Jones and Wes Malott salvaged their week by winning their final match over Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr., 277-268. Duke and Williams had already clinched a spot in the finals, but were looking to go undefeated.
The match came down to and endless 10th frame as both teams struck with their fill ball. Duke and Williams struck out in the 10th frame to finish with 258. Trailing by one pin, Jones and Malott needed to strike on their fill ball for a chance to take the lead. After Malott left a 4-pin with their first shot in the 10th, Jones converted then watched as Malott came through with a strike on the fill ball to extend the match.
The “Big & Rich” team then struck three consecutive times in the bonus frame to take the lead. After Malott got just six on their fourth shot, Duke and Williams had a chance to win the match with two bonus strikes of their own, but after Williams struck to pull “Will Duke ‘Em” within one, Duke was unable to come up with the game-winner, leaving the 4-6-7-10. The team with a combined 68 Denny’s PBA Tour still advanced to the championship round with their 2-1 record.
In the third match, Chris Barnes and Mika Koivuniemi won their final match of the event to finish 2-1, defeating Patrick Allen and Parker Bohn III, 234-215. Allen and Bohn finished the event with a 1-2 record.
The GEICO PBA All-Star Shootout continues next weekend with the final four matches airing Sunday, July 22 from Noon-2:30 p.m. ET. The first match between the “Kokua Brothers” and the “Fire & Ice” team of Doug Kent and Danny Wiseman will determine who advances to the championship round to face Duke and Williams.
Denny’s PBA Tour
GEICO® PBA All-Star Shootout Hosted by Six Flags
Six Flags St. Louis
Sunday, July 15
ROUND ROBIN GROUP PLAY
Dick Weber Group
Tony Reyes-Robert Smith def. Jason Couch-Billy Oatman, 243-206
Earl Anthony Group
Tommy Jones-Wes Malott def. Norm Duke-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 277-268.
Chris Barnes-Mika Koivuniemi def. Patrick Allen-Parker Bohn III, 234-215.
Dick Weber Group
Earl Anthony Group
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