The Motown Muscle earned the top seed for this week’s PBA League competition by topping the eight-team field in a seeding round Monday at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
The Muscle finished the eight-game match play round with a 4-4 record and 2,053 total, averaging 241.63 for the block.
The PBA League quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be covered live by FS1 and FloBowling starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. Audiences in the United States can watch on FS1, while international fans can watch live on FloBowling. The semifinals will be broadcast Wednesday, while the final will take place Thursday.
PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. manages the Muscle, which consists of EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman and Mykel Holliman. Ballard said he constantly changed his lineup throughout the first five games of the seeding round to get a feel for how his players looked in each spot.
Ballard and his squad will take on the NYC KingPins, coached by his wife USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, in the opening round setting up an interesting dynamic.
Other matchups in the quarterfinals include No. 2 Brooklyn Styles vs. No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks, No. 3 Dallas Strikers vs. No. 6 Philadelphia Hitmen and No. 4 LA X vs. No. 5 Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
The Styles earned the second seed with a 4-4 record and 1,968 total, while the Strikers were third with a 5-3 record and 1,945 total. For the full results from the seeding round, click here.
To see the team rosters for this year’s PBA League competition, click here.
Below is the replay of the seeding round, which was broadcast on the PBA's Facebook page.