Fury Make History In PBA League Quarterfinals

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CENTREVILLE, Va. – The Phoenix Fury overcame a critical error by anchor Liz Johnson to defeat the Silver Lake Atom Splitters and become the first women’s team to win a match in PBA League history.

Phoenix won the Carter Division quarterfinals matchup, 2-1, at Bowlero Centreville despite Johnson’s shocking miss of the 3-6 spare in the final frame of Game 2. A spare would have given her team the victory immediately.

Instead, the match went to a sudden-death rolloff in the best-of-three points match where the Fury won in the second round when Maria Jose Rodriguez struck after Chris Via left a 10 pin.

Rodriguez: We Felt Like We Were Going To Puke

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Phoenix won the first game with ease, coasting to a 243-214 victory. In Game 2, Johnson’s open let Silver Lake survive a bit longer with a 216-212 win to force the rolloff.

For the first time, two teams made up of all PWBA stars were invited to join the PBA League, setting up the opportunity for the best women in the world to take on the best men in the world in a team environment.

In the other Carter Division quarterfinals matchup, the Las Vegas High Rollers took down the Brooklyn Styles, 2-0, in a match that had early fireworks.

Las Vegas leadoff bowler AJ Johnson loudly celebrated his strike in the first fame of the first game and Brooklyn’s Brad Angelo proceeded to strike and mock Johnson’s early celebration.

AJ Johnson: I Bring The Energy

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The High Rollers dominated the match, however, winning the first game 243-214, and locked up the match win when anchor Francois Lavoie struck on his first shot in the 10th of Game 2 for a 267-248 victory.

In the first round of matches earlier on Sunday in the Anthony Division, the Brew City Ballers survived a big comeback by the Miami Waves to advance with a 2-1 victory.

Miami looked down and out early in the match, losing the first game 234-182, but they rallied for a 234-219 victory to force a one-ball rolloff.

In the rolloff, Sean Rash struck for Brew City and Danielle McEwan had a chance to match his strike for Miami. McEwan, however, left the bucket on her shot to lose. After the match, she told FloBowling she felt “horrible.”

Sean Rash Explains Clutch Strike

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The NYC KingPins got out of the gates quick, striking on their first four shots, but it was all downhill after that as they were swept 2-0 by the L.A. X.

L.A. trailed at the halfway point of Game 1 but went on a striking spree to win 246-224. In the second game, L.A. continued to strike and overwhelmed NYC, 277-237.

In the semifinals, Brew City will take on the Motown Muscle and L.A. will face the Portland Lumberjacks. Those matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern on Monday live on FS1 (U.S.) and FloBowling (international). At 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Phoenix will take on the Dallas Strikers, while Las Vegas will battle the Philadelphia Hitmen.

Tom Smallwood Crushes First Day At 2021 Kia PBA Tournament Of Champions

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JUPITER, Fla. – With two rounds of qualifying completed, Tom Smallwood holds the lead by a wide margin at the 2021 Kia PBA Tournament of Champions.

Bungled Entry Keeps Kyle Sherman Out Of 2021 PBA Tournament Of Champions

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JUPITER, Fla. – PBA champion Kyle Sherman is not competing this week in the 2021 Kia PBA Tournament of Champions after he failed to actually enter the event, FloBowling has learned.

Column: There's A Different Feel At 2021 PBA Tournament Of Champions

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JUPITER, Fla. – Walking through Bowlero Jupiter you recognize nearly every face you see – well maybe every pair of eyes you see – at the 2021 PBA Tournament of Champions. Some are old. Some are new. All are talented.

Pattern Breakdown: Why Scores May Soar At 2021 PBA Tournament Of Champions

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JUPITER, Fla. - The 2021 PBA Tournament of Champions takes place this week as it continues the major swing at Bowlero Jupiter. The pattern these bowlers will be up against is the 2021 PBA Don Johnson 40 pattern. 

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Kyle Troup Reaches New Heights With 2021 PBA Players Championship Win

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JUPITER, Fla. – The ascension of Kyle Troup has reached new heights.

Kyle Troup Earns Top Seed For Sunday's Finals At 2021 PBA Players

Troup: 'You Could Feel The Tension'

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JUPITER, Fla. – Kyle Troup overcame the pressure of competing for a massive, guaranteed payday Saturday as he earned the top seed for the 2021 PBA Players Championship stepladder finals.

Youth Bowlers To Compete For PBA Junior Title This Weekend

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A group of youth bowlers from across the country will compete in the finals of the inaugural PBA Junior National Championship this weekend.

Kris Prather Set To Defend Title At 2021 PBA Tournament Of Champions

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Going into last year’s PBA Tournament of Champions, Kris Prather was bowling with a heavy heart and determination. He had lost both of his grandfathers just a few weeks earlier and wanted to make them proud.

Five PBA Stars To Battle In Big Seeding Round At 2021 PBA Players

PBA Players Seeding Round Is Big

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In what will be a can’t-miss event for bowling fans, the five players in the finals of the 2021 PBA Players Championship will bowl an incredibly important seeding round Saturday.

How to Watch: 2021 PBA Tournament of Champions

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Here's how to watch the 2021 PBA Tournament of Champions on FloBowling.