EJ Tackett and Andrew Anderson, two of the best-performing players on the 2018 PBA Tour, teamed up to lead qualifying in doubles Wednesday at the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championships.
Anderson, the 2018 PBA Player of the Year, and Tackett, the runner-up for that award, put Team USA in the top spot for the doubles medal round, which will be broadcast live on FloBowling on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. Eastern. FloBowling’s broadcast will only be available for audiences in North America.
Tackett led the duo with a six-game total of 1,421, while Anderson shot 1,335 as the pair combined for 2,756, a 229.67 average, at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre in Hong Kong.
They will take on No. 4 qualifier Korea in the opening match of the medal round, while Canada will play Malaysia in the other match. The winners will meet for the gold medal.
Advancing for Canada were Dan MacLelland (1,375) and Francois Lavoie (1,291) with 2,666, while the Malaysian pair of Adrian Ang and Tun Hakim were the only team who bowled Tuesday to make the cut. The Malaysians totaled 2,596.
Korea’s Park Jong Woo and Kim Kyung Min earned the last spot with 2,579, just 25 pins ahead of Finland’s Joonas Jahi and Sami Konsteri.
"I had some trouble in singles, but we learned some things and made changes that helped us be successful today," Tackett told BOWL.com. "That's what it's all about. When you don't have it, you learn something for next time. We've worked together really well so far in this tournament. We're feeding off each other, taking advantage of what we find and grinding when we have to. We communicated well today and were able to come away with a pretty good score."
Anderson, who also led the singles qualifying and will bowl for that medal on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. Eastern live on FloBowling, agreed he and Tackett have been working well together.
"I think we just work really well together, and it feels like at any point so far, at least one of us has had pretty good ball reaction, so we've been able to communicate from there and mesh well overall," Anderson told BOWL.com. "I had a really big day the other day, and EJ had a monster day today. It was fun to watch him bowl incredible today, and it was great team bowling overall. We were able to shoot over 400 every game, and even on the pairs we thought were going to be troublesome, we were able to find something pretty quickly."
The action now shifts to the trios event, which will consist of two three-game blocks for each team to determine the four teams that will bowl in the medal round. To see FloBowling’s full broadcast schedule, click here.