PBA NEWS: New York City WTT KingPins Wins PBA League Don Carter Round, Clinches Elias Cup Berth


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New York City WTT KingPins Go on Strike Binge to WinPBA League Don Carter Round

Billie Jean King’steam clinches berth in inaugural Elias Cup Finals in Indianapolis

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The NewYork City WTT KingPins’ Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, Pete Weber, ScottNorton and John Szczerbinski struck on eight of theirfirst nine shots to run away from Jesse Williams’ BROOKLYN STyLES, 243-199, inthe title match of the PBA League Don Carter round at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The PBA League Carter round finals, and the championshipmatch of the Don Carter Classic, aired Sunday on ESPN.


The KingPins, owned by women’ssports legend Billie Jean King, clinched a berth in the inaugural PBA LeagueElias Cup Finals with their win in the Carter round. The top four of eight PBALeague teams, based upon points earned in five preliminary rounds, will competefor the first PBA League championship on Sunday, March 31, at Woodland Bowl inIndianapolis as part of Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions week. The EliasCup Finals will air on ESPN on April 7 at 1 p.m. ET.


“I think I’m liking my team alot,” KingPins franchise player Pete Weber beamed after making a surpriselineup change that worked to his team’s advantage. He moved Norton, aleft-hander who had been a dominant player in previous PBA League rounds, tothe No. 4 position in the lineup and he placed Team USA member and formerWichita State collegiate star John Szczerbinski in the anchor position.


“I know Scott was bowling well (inthe anchor position), but Szczerbinski averaged 257 on the Don Carter lanecondition in qualifying, so I talked it over with the team and they all agreedto make the change and have John bowl anchor,” Weber said. “It isn’t me; thisis our whole team agreeing to what we’re doing. After every shot we communicateand try to help each other.


“I have all the confidence in theworld in all of my players. We got a few breaks, but without breaks you don’twin. Tomorrow we might not get them, but today we did and we took advantage ofthem.”


In the semifinal match between theKingPins, who won the Salvino round earlier in the PBA League series, and theRoth round-winning Motown Muscle, neither team put together consecutive strikesuntil the KingPins started a string of seven strikes in the sixth frame to runaway with a 249-192 win.


In the opening match, owner JeromeBettis’ Motown team got a string of four strikes from Tom Smallwood, MikeScroggins, Ronnie Russell and Mike Fagan to take the lead, and they held on fora 210-199 victory over Chris Hardwick’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters when SilverLake anchor Chris Barnes was unable to double in the 10th frame.


With their second PBA Leaguestepladder win, the KingPins have earned 44 points to lock up no worse than theNo. 2 stepladder position for the Elias Cup finals. The PBA LeagueAnthony round – the final qualifying round heading into the Elias Cup finals -will include Terrell Owens’ Dallas Strikers, Chris Paul’s L.A. X, JeromeBettis’ Motown Muscle and a fourth team that will advance from the Clasheliminator round. The Anthony round and the championship match of the EarlAnthony PBA Players Championship between top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery,Ill., and Norton will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. ET.



Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

Final Match (five-player Baker team format)

New York City WTT KingPins (Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, PeteWeber, Scott Norton, John Szczerbinski) def. BROOKLYN STyLES (Walter RayWilliams Jr., Ryan Ciminelli, Ryan Shafer, Sean Rash, Jason Sterner), 243-199.

Semifinal Match (Baker team)

New York City WTT KingPins def. Motown Muscle (Mike Fagan,Jesse Buss, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Ronnie Russell), 249-192.

Match One (Baker team)

Motown Muscle def. Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Nathan Bohr,Stuart Williams, Dom Barrett, Josh Blanchard, Chris Barnes), 210-199.


Clash Eliminator (in order of players eliminated based onlow one-ball total per round; last surviving player’s team advanced tostepladder finals):

Round One – Norm Duke, Dallas Strikers, seven pins.

Round Two – Jason Belmonte, L.A. X, seven pins.

Round Three – Parker Bohn III, L.A. X; Bryon Smith, SilverLake Atom Splitters, eight pins.

Round Four – Amleto Monacelli, Dallas Strikers, seven pins.

Round Five – none (all strikes).

Round Six – Rhino Page, Dallas Strikers, five pins.

Round Seven – none (all strikes).

Round Eight – Dan MacLelland, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, sixpins.

Round Nine – Mike DeVaney, Philadelphia Hitmen, nine pins.

Round 10 – Wes Malott, L.A. X, six pins.

Round 11 – none (all strikes).

Round 12 – none (all strikes).

Round 13 - Mike Scroggins, Motown Muscle, eliminated OskuPalermaa, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 10-8.

ELIAS CUP POINTS STANDINGS (after four of five rounds)

1, New York City WTT KingPins, 44.

2 (tie), Motown Muscle and BROOKLYN STyLES, 33.

4, Dallas Strikers, 20.

5 (tie), Philadelphia Hitmen and Silver Lake Atom Splitters,18.

7, L.A. X, 14.

8, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 6.

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