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Team USA holds off Chinese Taipei to win men’s Team of Five

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Team USA’s Chris Via, Jakob Butturff, Marshall Kent, Chris Barnes, AJ Johnson and Tommy Jones won the prestigious team title at the World Bowling Championships in Las Vegas defeating the all-spinner team from Chinese Taipei, two-games-to-none.

All matches in the medal round were decided in in the best-of-three games in Baker format, in which five bowlers bowl two frames each to complete one full game.

The Americans (right) won the first game 210-189 and wrapped up the victory with 200-180 win in game two.

Finishing fourth in the six-game preliminaries, Team USA had to bowl tournament leader Colombia in the semi-finals.

Manuel Otalora, Oscar Rodriguez, Santiago Mejia, Jaime Gonzalez and Andres Gomez (left, with Denamrk) won the first game, 207-173, but the U.S. fivesome countered with a come-from-behind 237-230 win in game two to force a deciding game.

Finishing last, Colombia’s anchor bowler Andres Gomez, a three-time PBA champion, needed three strikes in the 10th frame for a 219-218 victory. Gomez got the first two strikes but left a 10 pins standing on the fill ball to send the match into over-time.

In a one-ball roll-off by all five players involved the Colombian bowlers had to bowl first in each frame. Gomez forced U.S. anchor Tommy Jones to strike for a one-pin win and that was exactly what Jones did. Team USA advanced by 47 to 46 pins in roll-off.

In the other semi-final match, Chinese Taipei (right) won the first game against Denmark’s Jesper Agerbo, Dan Østergaard-Poulsen, Jimmy Mortensen, Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen, 215-184, but lost the second game by a 121-margin, 158-279.

Using the spinner style aka helicopter style, the bowlers from Chinese Taipei rebounded with a 235-156 win in the decider to set up a title match with the Americans.

Chinese Taipei earned the silver medal, while Colombia and Denmark both got bronze.

The 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women conclude on Monday with match play masters.

The World Bowling Championships for men and women will be held from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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World Bowling Championships – Men’s Team Finals

South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, USA (Dec. 3, 2017)

Championship Round:
Gold: United States (Jakob Butturff, Chris Via, AJ Johnson, Chris Barnes, Marshall Kent, Tommy Jones),
Silver: Chinese Taipei (Wu Hao-Ming, Xu Zhe-Jia, Chen Chien-Ju, Hsieh Chin-Liang, Chen Wu-Chi),
Bronze: Colombia (Manuel Otalora, Oscar Rodriguez, Santiago Mejia, Jaime Gonzalez, Andres Gomez),
Bronze: Denmark (Jesper Agerbo, Dan Østergaard-Poulsen, Mik Stampe, Jimmy Dan Mortensen, Carsten Warming Hansen, Thomas Larsen),

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 USA def. No. 1 Colombia, 2-1
173-207, 237-230, 218-218 (47-46)
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Chinese Taipei def. No. 2 Denmark, 2-1
215-184, 158-279, 235-156
Championship Match: USA def. Chinese Taipei, 2-0
210-189, 200-180.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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