PORTLAND, Maine – The PBA Playoffs head into the Round of 16 tonight as Jason Belmonte takes on Kyle Troup and Tom Daugherty battles Kris Prather.
Unlike the previous two shows, the format changes going into these next rounds. Instead of one-game matches, the players bowl a best-of-three match. If the match is tied at 1-1 after two games, the tiebreaker is a ninth and 10th frame roll-off.
The show airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast for U.S. audiences on FS1 while international fans can watch on FloBowling.
Here are the two matches for tonight’s PBA Playoffs show:
No. 1 Jason Belmonte vs. No. 17 Kyle Troup
In what is probably the most highly anticipated matchup of the PBA Playoffs thus far, two of the best double handers on the PBA Tour will face off in the Round of 16.
Belmonte is having an astonishingly good season and is the clear frontrunner for PBA Player of the Year at this stage. He won the PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship and PBA Chameleon Championship so far this season to go along with two second-place finishes.
If he hadn’t been the victim of a fluke injury just before the United States Bowling Congress Masters, who knows what would have happened at that event.
Troup earned this matchup by defeating No. 16 seed Chris Barnes in the Round of 24 by a score of 236-205. So far this season, he has a third-place finish at the PBA Lubbock Sports Open and the PBA Players Championship, though he has hand issues of his own to deal with.
No. 8 Tom Daugherty vs. No. 9 Kris Prather
Daugherty has made a couple of shows this season so far but has been close to making many more. His best finish came at the PBA Indianapolis Open, where he lost to Wes Malott, 174-170, in the stepladder finals to finish fourth.
In his other television appearance this season, Daugherty lost in the opening match of the stepladder to Dom Barrett, 245-162, at the PBA Oklahoma Open.
Daugherty has not fared well on television when FOX Sports play-by-play man Rob Stone is in the booth. Stone called Daugherty’s 100 game back at the 2011 Tournament of Champions and was in the booth for Daugherty’s 162 in Oklahoma. Will Daugherty finally bust out of his Stone slump?
As the highest seed in the Round of 24, Prather advanced with a 207-183 victory over No. 24 Darren Tang. Prather is in the midst of a solid season and won the PBA Scorpion Championship earlier this year.