Hometown favorite Motown Muscle team wins PBA League Mark Roth Round


    2013 PBA League

    Mike Fagan's 10th-frame spare, strike enough to pull out two-pin victory

    201213PBAL03MikeFagan.jpg201213PBAL03MotownMuscle.jpgMotown Muscle anchor bowler Mike Fagan's (pictured left) nine-count spare and strike in the 10th frame was just enough to salvage a 195-193 victory for hometown favorite Jerome Bettis' team (right) in the Professional Bowlers Association League's Mark Roth round at Thunderbowl Lanes, preventing the New York City WTT KingPins from winning back to back titles.

    The round was contested Saturday, Jan. 26, during the PBA Winter Swing in Detroit and aired Sunday, Feb. 17 on ESPN.

    In the PBA League final match, the KingPins' Tommy Jones, Pete Weber and anchor bowler Scott Norton put together a string of three strikes to help their team take a one-pin lead after seven frames. After trading open-frame splits in the eighth frame and strikes in the ninth, the match came down to Fagan vs. Norton in the 10th frame.

    201213PBAL03NYCWTTKingPins.jpg201213PBAL03ScottNorton.jpgFagan's inability to strike on his first shot gave Norton an opening. Needing a strike on his first shot for the win, Norton (right) left a 3 pin, handing Motown 12 points in the PBA League Elias Cup race. The KingPins (left) earned nine Elias Cup points as runners-up.

    "It was good TV," Fagan grinned of his team's close call. "I was hoping for a little better performance, but I got what I needed when it counted. I figured I'd take the responsibility (of bowling anchor). I feel good on these lanes. I've got a good ball reaction, but maybe I was a little over-aggressive.

    201213PBAL03PhiladelphiaHitmen.jpg"Getting 12 (Elias Cup) points is big. We lost our first match in the Salvino round, but we're getting a little more comfortable with the TV set and the atmosphere, so we think we can make a run for the Cup."

    After a sluggish start in the semifinal match, the KingPins' Jones, Weber and Norton also combined for a string of three strikes to clinch a 211-162 victory over Kevin Hart's Philadelphia Hitmen (right). The KingPins got help from three Hitmen open frames and they advanced to their second straight title match.

    201213PBAL03BrooklynStyles.jpg201213PBAL03MikeDeVaney.jpgIn the opening match, consecutive strikes by Philadelphia's Mike DeVaney, Bill O'Neill and Mika Koivuniemi, combined with back-to-back opens in the ninth and 10th frames by Jesse Williams' BROOKLYN STyLES (left) were keys to the Hitmen's 214-176 victory.

    DeVaney (right) got the Hitmen into the stepladder finals by surviving the Clash eliminator round.

    Next Sunday, Feb. 24, ESPN will air the two-hour live finals of the United States Bowling Congress Masters from Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., starting at 3 p.m. ET.

    PBA League coverage continues on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ET with the title match of the Don Carter Classic between top qualifier Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and challenger Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., and the PBA League Carter round featuring the BROOKLYN STyLES, the New York City WTT KingPins, Chris Hardwick's Silver Lake Atom Splitters and the team that advances from the Clash eliminator round.


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    PBA League Mark Roth Round

    Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Jan. 26, 2013)

    Championship Round:
    1. Motown Muscle (Ronnie Russell, Jesse Buss, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Mike Fagan)
    2. New York City WTT KingPins (John Szczerbinski, Jack Jurek, Tommy Jones, Pete Weber, Scott Norton)
    3. Philadelphia Hitmen (Chris Loschetter, Dick Allen, Mike DeVaney, Bill O'Neill, Mika Koivuniemi)
    4. BROOKLYN STyLES (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Sterner, Ryan Shafer, Ryan Ciminelli, Sean Rash)

    Playoff Results (Baker team format):
    Match One: #4 Philadelphia Hitmen def. #3 BROOKLYN STyLES, 214-176
    Semifinal Match: #2 New York City WTT KingPins def. Philadelphia Hitmen, 211-162
    Championship: #1 Motown Muscle def. New York City WTT KingPins, 195-193.

    Clash Eliminator
    (in order of players eliminated based on low one-ball total per round; last surviving player's team advanced to stepladder finals)
    Round One - Chris Loschetter, Philadelphia Hitmen, six pins
    Round Two - Bill O'Neill, Philadelphia Hitmen, eight pins
    Round Three - Nathan Bohr, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, eight pins
    Round Four - Michael Machuga, Dallas Strikers; Mika Koivuniemi, Philadelphia Hitmen; Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, nine pins
    Round Five - none (all strikes)
    Round Six - Osku Palermaa, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits; Parker Bohn III, L.A. X; Rhino Page, Dallas Strikers, six pins
    Round Seven - Mike DeVaney, Philadelphia Hitmen, eliminated Dom Barrett, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 10-9


    PBA League Elias Cup Points Standings after three of five rounds

    1, New York City WTT KingPins, 32
    2, Motown Muscle, 27
    3, BROOKLYN STyLES, 25
    4, Philadelphia Hitmen, 17
    5, Dallas Strikers, 16
    6, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 13
    7, L.A. X, 11
    8, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 4