With a horrendous 7-10 split (and near conversion), Ryan Ciminelli lost the ability to shut out Chris Barnes, who then stepped up in the 10th and threw the strike he needed to defeat top-seeded Ciminelli for the Viper Championship.
The win is Barnes' second of the season and 16th of his career. He'll next appear on TV in competition as one of the top eight finalists for the Japan Cup, and will also participate in the skills challenges on the next two ESPN telecasts.
The second show from World Series of Bowling V, the Viper Championship, airs this Sunday, December 8 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. The stepladder finals are full of big names and, because Jason Belmonte is in the field, there are Player of the Year implications involved.
Viper Championship Stepladder Finalists
- Ryan Ciminelli
- Chris Barnes
- Stuart Williams
- Jason Belmonte
After barely getting past Clara Guerrero in the opening match of the stepladder finals, Wes Malott matched Pete Weber strike for strike (until Weber finally missed in the middle of the game). Malott continued striking, putting up the front 10 before leaving a single pin and costing himself a perfect game.
Still, the win is the important thing, and his prize was a match with Parker Bohn III, the second Hall of Famer Malott had to dispatch to get the title.
This match wasn't much of a contest after an early mistake by Bohn and the ease with which Malott appeared to be taking down pins. The victory is Malott's ninth career win and keeps himself in the discussion for the 2012-2013 Player of the Year Award.
Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, the PBA begins its run of World Series of Bowling V telecasts with the Cheetah Championship. The two-hour broadcast will feature a skills competition among PBA League team captains as well as the four-person stepladder finals.
Cheetah Championship Stepladder
- Parker Bohn III
- Pete Weber
- Wes Malott
- Clara Guerrero