The PBA Tour’s Detroit Winter Swing and PBA League competition resume on ESPN Sunday Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Carmen Salvino Classic and the Salvino round of PBA League qualifying from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.
Colombia’s Andres Gomez will be hoping to defend his title against D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas in the Salvino Classic title match. Gomez won his first Tour title in last year’s Carmen Salvino Classic during the World Series of Bowling III in Las Vegas.
The PBA League Salvino round competition will begin with a Clash eliminator contest featuring four representatives from the L.A. X, three from the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, two from the BROOKLYN STyLES, and one each from the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and Dallas Strikers.
The player who wins the Clash round will advance his team into the Salvino stepladder finals to meet owner Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins (John Szczerbinski, Jack Jurek, Tommy Jones, Pete Weber, Scott Norton) in the opening match. The KingPins qualified third for the Baker format stepladder finals.
The winner of the opening match will bowl against former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle (Ronnie Russell, Jesse Buss, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Mike Fagan) in the semifinal match.
The semifinal winner will take on tournament leader Philadelphia Hitmen (Chris Loschetter, Dick Allen, Mike DeVaney, Bill O’Neill, Mika Koivuniemi), owned by comedian Kevin Hart for the title.
PBA League teams are competing for points in an effort to qualify for the end-of-series Elias Cup finals, which will determine the PBA League championship. The top four teams will advance to the Elias Cup finals on March 31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
In the live debut of the PBA League on ESPN on Jan. 27, reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash threw two strikes in the 10th frame of the Baker format final match to clinch a 225-215 victory for his BROOKLYN STyLES team over the New York City WTT KingPins. The win gave the STyLES 18 points to take the early lead in the race for the top four positions for the Elias Cup finals. The KingPins earned 12 points as runners-up.
Additional PBA League rounds, along with championship matches of the Mark Roth Classic, Don Carter Classic and Earl Anthony Players Championship finals, will air on ESPN on Feb. 17, March 3 and March 24, respectively.
The Elias Cup Finals, named in honor of PBA founder Eddie Elias, will be contested as part of PBA Tournament of Champions week at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The Elias Cup finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. ET.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame for a free preview of the Carmen Salvino Classic and Salvino PBA League round.
2) Watch the Salvino Classic finals and PBA League round on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
3) Tune into the post-event show at Sunday 3 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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