Svensson, who already at 21 years of age owns five career PBA Tour titles including three this season, handed Belmonte (right) a 3-1 loss in the best-of-five-game single elimination Round of 16 match (267-206, 192-257, 244-220, 255-248).
“I got off to a good start but struggled in the second game,” said Svensson (pictured left and above). “I switched to a different ball in the second game but ended up going back to my original ball and was able to strike out to win so I felt fortunate to win that game.
“I had some breaks in the last game and Jason was a bit unlucky,” the 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year added. “The breaks can work for you or against you but this time they came out the way I wanted. At this point in the tournament you just throw the ball the best you can and hope you can keep going.”
Four-time Tour winner EJ Tackett (right) of Huntington, Ind., who earned the top-qualifier berth for Sunday’s PBA World Championship finals, made his second Round of 8 appearance by beating Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., 3-1 (181-249, 264-244, 246-246, 250-200. Tackett won one-frame rolloff in the third game). Tackett also advanced to the Round of 8 for the Chameleon Championship.
Also advancing to the Scorpion Championship Round of 8, which is scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. were Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-1; Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3-2; Kristopher Prather (left), Milton, Fla., 3-1; BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 3-2; Tommy Jones (below right), Simpsonville, S.C., 3-0, and Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-1.
After Thursday’s Round of 8, the top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Scorpion Championship at 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday. The Scorpion Championship telecast will air Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions
Best-of-five single-elimination match play; four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Scorpion Championship at 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden
Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, vs. Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla.
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. vs. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa. vs. Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn.
Best-of-five single-elimination match play; eight players advance to Thursday’s Round of 8; losers earn $1,250.
Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3-1
(231-192, 200-268, 257-222, 216-213)
Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-2
(190-253, 244-226, 196-256, 207-192, 236-224)
Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., def. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-1
(175-213, 202-202 (Prather won one-frame rolloff, 207-186, 205-195)
Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 3-0
(247-161, 245-128, 205-200)
Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, def. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3-1
(247-146, 231-237, 192-159, 216-190)
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3-1
(181-249, 264-244, 246-246 (Tackett won one-frame rolloff), 250-200)
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-1
(267-206, 192-257, 244-220, 255-248)
B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., def. Matthew O’Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3-2
(228-198, 255-215, 243-300, 214-245, 198-194)
Best-of-five single-elimination match play; eight players advance to Round of 16; losers earn $700.
B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., def. Benjamin Canfield, Tempe, Ariz., 3-0
(213-190, 190-172, 204-179)
Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, def. Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3-0
(213-193, 254-206, 258-179)
Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., def. Nicholas Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3-1
(215-212, 183-196, 266-204, 206-191)
Martin Larsen, Sweden, def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3-2
(195-205, 192-230, 247-201, 245-201, 247-235)
Dom Barrett, England, def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-0
(234-201, 212-211, 221-216)
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3-2
(273-240, 268-242, 216-234, 222-248, 268-257)
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-2
(170-278, 216-200, 236-183, 205-238, 248-204)
Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., def. A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-0
(212-206, 202-200, 257-226)
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