SUNDAY ON ESPN: Don Carter Classic Title Match, PBA League Fourth Round at 3 p.m. ET
Event: PBA Detroit Winter Swing
Tournament: PBA Don Carter Classic and PBA League Carter qualifying round
Where: Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.
Format: Baker team stepladder finals for PBA League round; head-to-head singles match for Don Carter Classic title.
Television: ESPN (Sunday at 3 p.m. ET)
In the PBA League competition, women’s sports icon Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins will take a five-point lead over Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle into the Carter round.
In the third PBA League round which aired on ESPN Feb. 17, the Motown Muscle (Mike Fagan, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Ronnie Russell and Jesse Buss) defeated the KingPins in the final match to close to within five points of the KingPins in the overall League point standings.
After three PBA League rounds, the KingPins lead the race to the Elias Cup finals with 32 points, followed by Motown Muscle, 27; BROOKLyN STyLES, 25; Philadelphia Hitmen, 17; Dallas Strikers, 16; Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 13; L.A. X, 11 and the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 4.
Sunday’s 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 on their finishing positions in the Carter qualifying round. The Dallas Strikers (the No. 4 qualifier) will have four players in the Clash field followed by L.A. X with three, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits with two, and Philadelphia Hitmen and Motown Muscle with one each.
The Clash round winner’s team will then bowl the opening Baker team match against comedian Chris Hardwick’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Josh Blanchard, Stuart Williams and Nathan Bohr).
The match one winner advances to meet the KingPins (Pete Weber, Tommy Jones, Scott Norton, Jack Jurek and John Szczerbinski) in the semifinal.
The semifinal winner will challenge the qualifying leader BROOKLYN STyLES (Sean Rash, Ryan Ciminelli, Ryan Shafer, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Jason Sterner) owned by actor Jesse Williams.
The fifth and final PBA League qualifying round, conducted as part of the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship, will air on ESPN on March 24. The top four teams based on points earned in five events will advance to the Elias Cup finals (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.
Concluding Sunday’s telecast will be the Don Carter Classic championship match between top qualifier and seven-time Tour titlist Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, vs. Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga. Sterner, who made his television debut during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling in November (where he finished fourth behind eventual winner Tom Daugherty in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship), is looking for his first Tour title.
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 Don Carter Classic and Don Carter PBA League round.
2) Watch the Don Carter Classic finals and PBA League round on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
3) Tune into the post-event show Sunday at 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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