Playoffs Preview: No. 12 Marshall Kent vs. No. 21 Chris Via

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Match Preview

Match: No. 12 Marshall Kent vs. No. 21 Chris Via
Round: Round of 24
Broadcast Info: Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Eastern on FOX (U.S.) and FloBowling (international)
Other Matches On This Show: No. 16 Tommy Jones vs. No. 17 Jakob Butturff; No. 9 Francois Lavoie Vs. No. 24 Norm Duke; No. 13 Dom Barrett vs. No. 20 Dick Allen

After some pretty strong showings in majors this season, both of these players were able to advance into the Playoffs field.

Kent has had a steady season even though he’s only made a couple shows. His best finish was second at the PBA Doubles Championship, while he also finished fifth at the PBA Players Championship.

Kent, who has had an emotional end to the season after losing his dad Jim to cancer, hasn’t finished lower than 43rd all season.

For Via, he essentially earned his spot in the Playoffs thanks to two stellar performances in majors. He made the show and finished fifth at the U.S. Open and the PBA World Championship. Had he not made either of those shows, Via probably wouldn’t be here since he made the cut into the Playoffs by just 350 points.

Who has the edge? Given his steady performance this season, Kent seems to be the man to beat in this match. If he can channel his emotions to fuel him, he could make a run in the Playoffs. Edge: Kent.

Finalists For Regional Stepladders Set At 2021 PBA Players Championship

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The field at the 2021 PBA Players Championship has been narrowed to the top five players in each region and left standing are 14 PBA champions and 11 players looking for their first title.

Qualifying Reaches Halfway Point At 2021 PBA Players Championship

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At the halfway point of qualifying at the 2021 PBA Players Championship, there are relative unknown players looking to make their first show ranging all the way to PBA Hall of Famers in contention to advance.

PBA Announces Schedule For Every Major Event In 2021

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Just a day before the start of the 2021 PBA Players Championship, the PBA has revealed its plans for the upcoming months, which includes every major being held between now and April 11.

Top-Ranked Bowlers In Each Region For 2021 PBA Players Championship

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When the 2021 PBA Players Championship gets underway this weekend, the best bowlers in the world will be scattered across five different regions.

2021 Preseason PBA Power Rankings: No. 1 Jason Belmonte

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Career Titles: 25 (13 majors)Age: 372020 Earnings: $293,050 (rank: 1)2020 Points: 30,295 (rank: 1)2020 Peak Ranking: 12020 Low Ranking: 3

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2021 Preseason PBA Power Rankings: No. 2 Bill O'Neill

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Career Titles: 13 (2 majors)Age: 392020 Earnings: $272,285 (rank: 2)2020 Points: 20,387.5 (rank: 2)2020 Peak Ranking: 12020 Low Ranking: 10

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2021 Preseason PBA Power Rankings: No. 3 Anthony Simonsen

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Career Titles: 7 (2 majors)Age: 232020 Earnings: $227,130 (rank: 3)2020 Points: 19,795 (rank: 4)2020 Peak Ranking: 32020 Low Ranking: 8

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2021 Preseason PBA Power Rankings: No. 4 Kris Prather

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Career Titles: 3Age: 282020 Earnings: $223,285 (rank: 4)2020 Points: 19,470 (rank: 5)2020 Peak Ranking: 12020 Low Ranking: 16

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Pattern Breakdown: The Four 2021 PBA Players Championship Patterns

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When the 2021 PBA Players Championship gets underway, the players will face four lane patterns as they try to advance to their regional stepladders.

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2021 Preseason PBA Power Rankings: No. 5 EJ Tackett

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Career Titles: 13 (2 majors)Age: 282020 Earnings: $149,250 (rank: 5)2020 Points: 19,965 (rank: 3)2020 Peak Ranking: 22020 Low Ranking: 8

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