Underdog Weiss to battle Allen, Barnes for Dick Weber PBA Playoffs title

    04/11/11

    2010-11 PBA Tour #12

    Three Conference Champions return to Woodland Bowl for live ESPN finale Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

    201011PBA12RandyWeiss3.jpgRandy Weiss (pictured left) of Columbia, S.C., who made his national television debut in the Regional Championships Round of the inaugural Dick Weber PBA Playoffs, will have an opportunity to win his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour in the Championship Round of the PBA Playoffs next Sunday at Woodland Bowl.

    Weiss, a 10-time PBA South Region title winner, defeated PBA Tour veteran Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 191-179, to win the East Conference Championship during Sunday’s ESPN telecast.

    He will advance to the PBA Playoffs finale along with Midwest Conference champion Dick Allen, also of Columbia, S.C., and West Conference champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

    Allen defeated Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 222-198, in a battle of two-time PBA Tour title winners while Barnes raced past Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 260-199.

    The inaugural Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber PBA Playoffs championship round will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. First prize is $50,000.

    Weiss trailed Jaros, a six-time PBA Tour winner, by 24 pins after five frames, but Jaros left a pocket 7-10 split in the sixth frame that turned the match around. A 2-8-10 split in the eighth frame cut Jaros’ lead to two pins, and a 4-10 split in the 10th gave Weiss the opening he needed. With a strike in the 10th, Weiss advanced to his first championship round appearance.

    “I didn’t like my chances, that’s for sure,” Weiss said, “but I was fighting myself. I was more nervous this round than in the first round. My feet were a little quicker, but somehow things worked out.”

    201011PBA12DickAllen.jpgAllen (right) and Jurek both settled down after opening-frame splits, and their match could have been over in the seventh frame had not Allen converted the 1-2-4-6-10 “washout” to stay within 12 pins. But disaster struck Jurek in the 10th frame when he left and failed to convert the 3-4-6-7 split. Allen threw three strikes in the 10th frame to advance.

    “My mechanics kinda went awry in the first frame, and again when I left the washout,” Allen said, “but that’s just nerves. It happens. You have to deal with it. I got back under control and made better shots.

    “I got a little lucky on that washout. I hadn’t left one all week, so I honestly didn’t know how I wanted to shoot it. I decided to go straight at it and try to get as many pins as I could,” he added, “and I nicked the headpin just enough. If I’d have been any farther right, I would have missed it.”

    201011PBA12ChrisBarnes.jpgBarnes (left), who broke up potential pocket 7-10s in the second and fourth frames, got lined up and made his match against Belmonte look easy despite the fact that Belmonte threw five strikes in a row after he failed to convert splits in the first two frames.

    “I threw 12 shots in the pocket, but it was hard to get the ball through the pins on the left lane,” Barnes said. “I made a little adjustment and it worked, and from that point on, I didn’t have too much trouble. I figured it would take 220, 230 to beat Belmo and as it turned out, if he had thrown three strikes in the 10th, that’s what he would have had.”

    Barnes said his lack of success on television over the past couple of years hasn’t been an issue this season. He believes he proved his point when he won his 13th career title in the PBA World Championship in January, a victory that made him the sixth player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown.

    “I’ve bowled well on TV the last couple of years, but last year the four people I bowled against shot a combined 1,012 so no one gave me any breathing room,” he said. “I’ve bowled pretty well, and the season before, at the end of the year, I won back-to-back titles and left an 8 pin on the money shot in the U.S. Open to win. The things that haunted me through those TV shows Mark Baker (Barnes’ coach) addressed, and I fixed them, and when I get in those situations now there’s no fear about what’s going to happen. I know what I need to execute when I’m in those situations and it’s gone pretty well since then.”

    In Sunday’s opening match PBA Playoffs match, all three finalists will bowl one game with the lowest score in that match being eliminated. The two survivors will then bowl a “best of two games” match for the $50,000 first prize. If one player wins both games, he’ll win the title. If the two players split, they will bowl a one-ball roll-off to decide the championship.

    A “pre-game” show will air on pba.com’s exclusive Xtra Frame video streaming service beginning Monday and throughout the week.

     


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    Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Conference Championships


    East Conference Championship:
    Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C. def. Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill. ($7,000), 191-179. Weiss advances to Championship Round.

    Midwest Conference Championship:
    Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. def. Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y. ($7,000), 222-198. Allen advances to Championship Round.

    West Conference Championship:
    Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas def. Jason Belmonte, Australia ($7,000), 260-199. Barnes advances to Championship Round.

     


    Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Championship Round


    Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (ESPN, live Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m. ET)

    Match One
    Three Conference Championships winners bowl one game; low score eliminated.

    Championship Match
    Two Match One survivors bowl a best-of-two-game match; if players split the two games, title will be decided in a one-ball roll-off.