January 3, 2008 19:00
Although his 14-game winning streak in the National Bowling Stadium ended Friday morning, Patrick Allen continued to be the king of the stadium.
The defending champion Allen won both his matches Friday to advance to the Round of 8 in the 2008 ConstructionJobs.com Championship, a year after making history in the stadium.
Allen tied a PBA record a year ago when went 14-0 en route to the title in the 2007 H&R Block Classic, defeating PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the finals. Although he lost his first game in the Round of 32 Friday to end the streak, Allen came back to defeat Riga Kalfas, 4-2 to advance to the Round of 16.
The 10-time titlist then jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Norm Duke in the Round of 16 before Duke came back to win the next three games. Allen overcame the 26-time titlist in the seventh and deciding game, 246-201, to advance to Saturday’s Round of 8.
“I just bowled well again this week. In fact, this is the best I’ve bowled in about three or four years,” Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) said. “I don’t think the lanes are all that easy and I’ve made them look like they’re somewhat easy.”
Allen is off to a strong start this season, a contrast to his 2006-07 season when he didn’t make a TV appearance in the first nine events until his break out in Reno. In the first nine events this season, Allen has one title and three TV appearances, including back-to-back championship rounds to close out the first swing.
“The left side was just really good for two weeks and I took advantage of it,” the left-handed Allen said of his performance in Baltimore and Spartanburg. “I knew I still needed to throw it better. Even though I made the show in Spartanburg, the lanes were easy. The condition this week (Shark) makes you focus more and if you throw it badly the lane is going to tell you immediately. A lot of guys are throwing it well because you really have to concentrate and think in order to execute, rather than in easier weeks when you don’t have to pure it every shot to throw a seven bagger.”
Allen will face 54-year-old Roger Kossert Saturday, a surprise finalist who advanced through Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round. A two-time PBA Senior Tour champion, Kossert defeated No. 1 Steve Harman in the Round of 32, 4-1, and No. 16 Ken Simard, 4-2, in the Round of 16.
Saturday’s other matches feature No. 28 Joe Ciccone vs. No. 20 Danny Wiseman, No. 31 Ryan Shafer going up against 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year and No. 7 seed Doug Kent, and No. 11 David Traber vs. No. 19 Tommy Jones, the 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year.
Saturday’s Round of 8 gets underway at 9 a.m. with the final four bowlers advancing to Sunday’s championship round.
The live ESPN-televised finals take place Sunday at 10 a.m. PST at the National Bowling Stadium. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2008-09 season.
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