The PBA Tour and PBA League continues on ESPN Sunday Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. ET with the finals of the Mark Roth Classic and the Mark Roth round of PBA League competition from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.
The telecast will begin with the Clash eliminator round where 11 players will compete in a one-ball, low-man-out competition. Rounds continue until one survivor remains; his team then becomes the No. 4 team in the PBA League stepladder final.
Teams will be represented in the Clash round on a weighted basis, based upon their finishing position in the qualifying round. In the Roth round, the Philadelphia Hitmen (the No. 4 qualifier) will have four players in the Clash field, followed by the Silver Lake Atom Splitters with three, Dallas Strikers with two and L.A. X and the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits with one each.
The winner of the Clash round will then bowl the opening Baker team match against Jesse Williams’ BROOKLYN STyLES (Sean Rash, Ryan Ciminelli, Ryan Shafer, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Jason Sterner).
The match one winner advances to meet Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins (Pete Weber, Tommy Jones, Scott Norton, Jack Jurek and John Szczerbinski) in the semifinal.
The semifinal winner will challenge the qualifying leader Motown Muscle (Mike Fagan, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Ronnie Russell and Jesse Buss) owned by former NFL star Jerome Bettis.
The Mark Roth Classic is named after the PBA Hall of Famer who ranks fifth all-time in career Tour wins with 34. The four-time Player of the Year was ranked fifth greatest PBA player of all-time as part of the organization’s 50 year anniversary in 2009.
After two rounds of PBA League competition, the NYC WTT Kingpins lead the race to the Elias Cup finals with 24 points followed by BROOKLyN STyLES, 20; Motown Muscle, 15; Dallas Strikers, 13; Philadelphia Hitmen, 11; Silver Lake Atom Splitters and L.A. X tied with 9 and Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 3.
Two more PBA League telecasts remain (Don Carter round on March 3 and Earl Anthony round on March 24) before the top four finalists for the PBA League Elias Cup finals are determined. The Elias Cup, named in honor of PBA founder Eddie Elias, which will be contested at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on March 31 and telecast on Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Also Sunday, two-time Tour titlists Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., will take on Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in the Mark Roth Classic championship match.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame for a free pre-game preview of the Mark Roth Classic and Mark Roth PBA League round.
2) Watch the Mark Roth Classic finals and PBA League round on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
3) Tune into the post-event show at Sunday 5 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame’s post-tournament show interviews the winning player and provides in-depth ball rep analysis of the winner’s equipment selection and ball preparation.
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