ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Behind consecutive strikes by Tommy Jones, Pete Weber and Scott Norton, Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins defeated the top qualifying team, Kevin Hart’s Philadelphia Hitmen, 222-198, to win the PBA League Carmen Salvino round at Thunderbowl Lanes.
The second of five rounds of PBA League competition aired Sunday on ESPN.
With their win in the Salvino round, the KingPins (John Szczerbinski, Jack Jurek, Jones, Weber and Norton) earned 12 points toward the Elias Cup finals, which will be held March 31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. After two events, the KingPins lead Jesse Williams’ BROOKLYN STyLES in the points race, 24-20.
“This was a blast for me,” Weber, the KingPins’ franchise player, said. “There was no choice but to have Scott (Norton) bowl anchor. He was the hottest bowler in the building during the Detroit Winter Swing. And I wanted John (Szczerbinski) to lead off because he’s that good. He showed us where we needed to throw the ball and that’s what we fed off of.”
Szczerbinski is an experienced team competitor as a Team USA member and a former collegiate All-American at Wichita State.
In the semifinal match, Jurek, Jones, Weber and Norton put together a string of four strikes which helped the KingPins topple the hometown-favorite Motown Muscle, 225-192.
In the opening match, Norton struck in the fifth frame and three times in the 10th to lock up a 223-191 win over Terrell Owens’ Dallas Strikers. The Strikers, who finished eighth in the Salvino qualifying round, earned their berth in the stepladder finals when Rhino Page out-lasted a field of 11 in the Clash eliminator, where each player threw one ball and the lowest scoring player was eliminated until only one player remained. Page nipped the Silver Lake Atom Splitters’ Chris Barnes, 10-9, in the final round to win the elimination event.
Next Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET ESPN telecast of the PBA League Mark Roth round will include Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle, the KingPins, the BROOKLYN STyLES and the team that survives the Clash eliminator round.
PBA LEAGUE CARMEN SALVINO ROUND
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.
Final Match (five-player Baker team format)
New York City WTT KingPins (John Szczerbinski, Jack Jurek, Tommy Jones, Pete Weber, Scott Norton) def. Philadelphia Hitmen (Chris Loschetter, Dick Allen, Mike DeVaney, Bill O’Neill, Mika Koivuniemi), 222-198.
Semifinal Match (Baker team)
New York City WTT KingPins def. Motown Muscle (Ronnie Russell, Jesse Buss, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Mike Fagan), 225-192.
Match One (Baker team)
New York City WTT KingPins def. Dallas Strikers (Bryon Smith, Norm Duke, Amleto Monacelli, Mike Machuga, Rhino Page), 223-191.
Clash Eliminator (in order of players eliminated based on low one-ball total per round; last surviving player’s team advanced to stepladder finals):
Round One – Andres Gomez, L.A. X, six pins.
Round Two – Parker Bohn III, L.A. X, seven pins.
Round Three – Dom Barrett, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, and Jason Belmonte, L.A. X, nine pins.
Round Four – Wes Malott, L.A. X, six pins.
Round Five – Walter Ray Williams Jr., BROOKLYN STyLES, nine pins.
Round Six – none (all strikes).
Round Seven - Sean Rash, BROOKLYN STyLES; Dan MacLelland, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, and Stuart Williams, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, nine pins.
Round Eight – Rhino Page, Dallas Strikers, eliminated Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 10-9.
PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP POINTS STANDINGS (after two of five rounds)
1, New York City WTT KingPins, 24.
2, BROOKLYN STyLES, 20.
3, Motown Muscle, 15.
4, Dallas Strikers, 13.
6, Philadelphia Hitmen, 11.
7 (tie), Silver Lake Atom Splitters and L.A. X, 9.
8, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 3.