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Motown Muscle Win PBA League Round 3

Now Five Points Behind KingPins in PBA League Standings

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Motown Muscle

Motown Muscle

Photo courtesy of PBA LLC

The top seed for PBA League Round 3 proved the distinction to be well-deserved as the Motown Muscle took the title. With the win and the 12 points for first place, the Muscle jumped over the Brooklyn Styles and into second in the overall league standings through three of five events.

Clash Round Competitors

The fourth- through eighth-qualifying teams sent their designated number of bowlers to the Clash Round, looking to earn the #4 seed in the stepladder finals.

  • Philadelphia Hitmen (four bowlers—Chris Loschetter, Mike DeVaney, Bill O’Neill, Mika Koivuniemi)
  • Silver Lake Atom Splitters (three bowlers—Nathan Bohr, Dom Barrett, Chris Barnes)
  • Dallas Strikers (two bowlers—Mike Machuga, Rhino Page)
  • L. A. X (one bowler—Parker Bohn III)
  • Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (one bowler—Osku Palermaa)

Every bowler throws one shot per round, with the low score (or scores, if there’s a tie) being eliminated until only one team is remains. That team then moves into the first stepladder match, taking on the New York City WTT KingPins in this case.

Clash Round 1

Osku Palermaa (Jack Rabbits), 9
Mike Machuga (Strikers), 9
Nathan Bohr (Atom Splitters), 9
Parker Bohn III (L.A. X), X
Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), 9
Chris Loschetter (Hitmen), 7—eliminated
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), X
Bill O’Neill (Hitmen), 9
Mika Koivuniemi (Hitmen), X
Rhino Page (Strikers), X
Chris Barnes (Atom Splitters), X

Clash Round 2

Osku Palermaa (Jack Rabbits), X
Mike Machuga (Strikers), X
Nathan Bohr (Atom Splitters), X
Parker Bohn III (L.A. X), X
Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), X
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), X
Bill O’Neill (Hitmen), 8—eliminated
Mika Koivuniemi (Hitmen), X
Rhino Page (Strikers), X
Chris Barnes (Atom Splitters), X

Clash Round 3

Osku Palermaa (Jack Rabbits), X
Mike Machuga (Strikers), 9
Nathan Bohr (Atom Splitters), 8—eliminated
Parker Bohn III (L.A. X), X
Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), X
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), 9
Mika Koivuniemi (Hitmen), X
Rhino Page (Strikers), X
Chris Barnes (Atom Splitters), 9

Clash Round 4

Osku Palermaa (Jack Rabbits), X
Mike Machuga (Strikers), 9—eliminated
Parker Bohn III (L.A. X), X
Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), X
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), X
Mika Koivuniemi (Hitmen), 9—eliminated
Rhino Page (Strikers), X
Chris Barnes (Atom Splitters), 9—eliminated

Clash Round 5

Osku Palermaa (Jack Rabbits), X
Parker Bohn III (L.A. X), X
Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), X
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), X
Rhino Page (Strikers), X

Clash Round 6

Parker Bohn III (L.A. X), 6—eliminated
Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), X
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), X
Rhino Page (Strikers), 6—eliminated

Clash Round 7

Dom Barrett (Atom Splitters), 9—eliminated
Mike DeVaney (Hitmen), X

Stepladder Match 1: Brooklyn Styles vs. Philadelphia Hitmen

Mike DeVaney threw a 9 in the third Clash Round, filling out the other six with strikes, giving his team entry into the first stepladder match with the Brooklyn Styles.

The Hitmen did what they needed to do to outlast the Styles, who weren’t able to finish in the eighth and beyond.

Walter Ray Williams, Jr. started the Styles off by leaving the big four in the first, which didn’t hurt too bad as Chris Loschetter failed to convert a split in the first frame as well.

From there, the Hitmen consistently held the lead, but it was never safe. In the seventh, Dick Allen spared for the Hitmen while Jason Sterner struck for the Styles. That could’ve been a chance to take over the match for the Styles, but it wasn’t to be. They finished with a nine spare from Ryan Shafer, an open frame from Ryan Ciminelli and another open frame from Sean Rash in the 10th frame.

Countering that was DeVaney’s strike, O’Neill’s strike and, although they didn’t need it anymore, a spare and a strike in the 10th for Koivuniemi.

After defeating the second-overall Styles, the Hitmen would move on to face the first-overall KingPins.

Final scores: Hitmen 214, Styles 176

Stepladder Match 2: New York City WTT KingPins vs. Philadelphia Hitmen

One of the strongest-looking teams through the first two PBA League telecasts, the KingPins were the overall league leaders for good reason, and they weren’t about to let the Hitmen move into the finals.

The Hitmen never recovered from early struggles, leaving two of the first three frames open as well as the sixth. The KingPins only left one frame open the entire game—the third—and moved past the Hitmen with little trouble.

With a convincing victory over the Hitmen, the KingPins gave themselves a chance to win their second consecutive PBA League event.

Final scores: WTT KingPins 211, Hitmen 162

Stepladder Championship Match: Motown Muscle vs. New York City WTT KingPins

This was a match worthy of the championship. Not necessarily because of the scores (both teams were sub-200), but because the largest lead in this match was 11 for the Muscle in the second and from the sixth frame on the scores were within one pin until the final shot was thrown (then, the difference was two pins).

As the teams tried to pull away from each other, it looked like the opening would finally come in the eighth. Except both teams—Tommy Jones for the KingPins and Tom Smallwood for the Muscle—left the eighth frame open, leaving it up to the fourth and fifth guys in the lineup. Which team would finish?

In the ninth, Pete Weber and Mike Scroggins both threw strikes, leaving it up to the anchors—Scott Norton for the KingPins and Mike Fagan for the Muscle. If both men were to strike out, the Muscle would take the match by a single pin.

Instead, Norton left the 3 pin on his first shot. He picked it up, then left the 6 pin on his fill ball, giving Fagan a bit of breathing room, of which he took full advantage.

Fagan left the 7 pin on the first shot and needed a spare and nine pins to get the win for his team. He did one better, striking on his fill ball after the spare and clinching the Round 3 title for the Muscle, jumping them into second overall in the chase for the Elias Cup.

Final scores: Muscle 195, Norton 193

Final Standings and Points for PBA League Round 2

  1. Motown Muscle, 12
  2. New York City WTT KingPins, 8
  3. Philadelphia Hitmen, 6
  4. Brooklyn Styles, 5
  5. Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 4
  6. Dallas Strikers, 3
  7. L.A. X, 2
  8. Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 1

PBA League Standings (Through 3 of 5 Events)

TeamWinsTotal Points
New York City WTT KingPins132
Motown Muscle127
Brooklyn Styles125
Philadelphia Hitmen017
Dallas Strikers016
Silver Lake Atom Splitters013
L.A. X011
Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits04
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