Upsets continue to dominate PBA's Go RVing Match Play Championship


    2009-10 PBA Tour #16

    Top 20 seeded players eliminated; Allen, Kent, Ciminelli, Kretzer advance to Saturday's semifinal round

    200910PBAPatrickAllen.jpg200910PBABrianKretzer.jpgUpsets are no surprise when "March Madness" sweeps the nation, but the NCAA basketball realm has never seen anything like the parade of upsets that hit the Professional Bowlers Association's Go RVing Match Play Championship Thursday and Friday at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center.

    Patterned after the NCAA basketball brackets, the Go RVing Match Play Championship seeded 64 of the world's top bowlers into a single-elimination match play competition, and after two days of best-of-seven-game competition, not a single player seeded among the top 20 was still alive in the competition.

    After Friday night's Round of 8, No. 21 seed Patrick Allen (pictured above left) of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; No. 27 Brian Kretzer (above right) of Dayton, Ohio; No. 50 Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., and No. 57 Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., were still in the chase for the $25,000 top prize, which will be decided in a three-game, total pinfall match televised on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

    The two finalists will be decided Saturday night in three-game matches pitting Allen against Ciminelli in a battle of left-handers, and Kent against Kretzer in a duel of right-handers. Allen, 39, is a 13-time PBA Tour titlist. Kent, 43, has won 10 titles. Kretzer, 43, and Ciminelli, 24, have yet to win a PBA title.

    Ciminelli, who advanced out of the Tour Qualifying Round to make it into the tournament as the No. 57 seed, eliminated No. 17 Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla. – the highest remaining seed - in Friday's Round of 8, 4-2.

    200910PBADougKent.jpg2010EBT05StuartWilliams.jpgEarlier in the day, No. 2 seed Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., was the last top 10 seed to survive, but his bid for a third title this season ended in a 4-1 loss to Kent (pictured left) in the Round of 16. O'Neill's 239-237 win in the third of their five games was the first of only two games Kent lost in the first four rounds of competition in the dual lane condition contest (the left lane on each pair of lanes was conditioned with the PBA Shark pattern and the right lane used the Cheetah pattern). The second came in his 4-1 win over Stuart Williams (right), England, in the Round of 8.

    "I'm 16-2 and I can't explain it, but at this point, it doesn't mean a thing," said Kent, who has bowled part-time during the 2009-10 season. "Win or lose, I'm still going to retire at the end of the season. I want to win; there's nothing better than winning, but I've worked hard for 20 years to get to the point where I can retire.

    "I haven't felt any pressure the past couple of years," Kent continued. "I've been bowling well, but I don't have the revolution rate these young kids have. The power players are dominating today and I can't strike with them. My 200s don't keep up with their 240s."

    The Round of 32 Friday morning claimed three top 10 seeds. No. 37 Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., toppled No. 5 Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 4-2; Kretzer eliminated No. 6 Jason Belmonte of Australia, 4-2, and No. 39 Williams bounced No. 7 Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 4-1.

    200910PBA04RyanCiminelli.jpg"I've been bowling good for a month," said Kretzer, who finished second in the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. "I had been working on things that weren't working, so I went home and looked at tapes of what I was going when I was bowling well as an amateur, and went back to what I was doing then."

    Allen, who has been bothered by a knee injury all season, said he advanced "because I had a couple of gifts given to me. There were a couple of situations where my opponents didn't perform when they needed to, and in this format, that's huge. I kept battling and found ways to win."

    Ciminelli (pictured left), a streaky player who is trying for his fourth TV appearance of the season, admitted he has been able to capitalize on situations that favor his game.

    "When there's nothing on the left side of the lane, these guys will eat your lunch," he said. "I'm not good enough to compete with them, so I have to jump on situations when I get a favorable look. I'm working hard at trying to slow down so I can get my ball to react on the Shark pattern. So far this week I've been able to do that, so I must be progressing."


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    Go RVing Match Play Championship Round of 8

    Best of 7 games; losers eliminated, each earned $4,600. Winners advance to Saturday's three-game total pinfall semifinal round

    #21 Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. #20 Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4-2
    #57 Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. #17 Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-1
    #50 Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., def. #39 Stuart Williams, England, 4-1
    #27 Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, def. #30 Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 4-2


    Go RVing Match Play Championship Round of 16

    Best of 7 games; losers eliminated, each earned $3,300

    #57 Ciminelli def. #56 Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-2
    #21 P. Allen def. #37 Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 4-0
    #20 Loschetter def. #36 Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-1
    #27 Kretzer def. #54 Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 4-3

    #30 Harman def. #46 Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 4-3
    #17 Couch def. #32 Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 4-0
    #50 Kent def. #2 Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 4-1
    #39 S. Williams def. #42 PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 4-2


    Go RVing Match Play Championship Round of 32

    Best of 7 games; losers eliminated, each earned $2,500

    #32 Voss def. #64 Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y, 4-2
    #17 Couch def. #16 Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-3
    #56 Baker def. #24 Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 4-2
    #57 Ciminelli def. #40 Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 4-3

    #37 Bohr def. #5 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-2
    #21 P. Allen def. #12 Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 4-3
    #20 Loschetter def. #13 Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 4-2
    #36 R. Allen def. #61 Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 4-2

    #2 O'Neill def. #34 Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 4-2
    #50 Kent def. #18 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4-0
    #42 Haggerty def. #55 Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 4-0
    #39 S. Williams def. #7 Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-1

    #27 Kretzer def. #6 Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-2
    #54 Schaub def. #22 Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 4-2
    #46 Book def. #51 George Lambert IV, Canada, 4-2
    #30 Harman def. #62 Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 4-2

    300 games: Mike Scroggins.