Another 6-2 Record Helps Belmonte Retain Healthy Lead in PBA Tournament of Champions After Second Match Play Round

by Jerry Schneider  |  Friday, February 08, 1:09 PM

FAIRLAWN, Ohio - As the PBA Tournament of Champions heads into tonight’s final match play round, four-time PBA Player of the Year and two-time Tournament of Champions winner Jason Belmonte maintained his healthy lead with a 12-4 overall match play record for two rounds. He went 6-2 in this morning’s second match play round at AMF Riviera Lanes finishing with an 8,189 pinfall total including bonus pins.

He holds 248-pin lead over four-time regional winner Sean Lavery-Spahr in second, who went 6-2 in Friday’s first match play round to bring his overall match play record to 8-7-1 with a 7,950 pinfall.

Belmonte, who is trying to win a record-tying 10th major and third TOC, won with games of 253, 269, 216, 235, 248, 176, and ended the round losing with games of 179 and 216.

Lavery-Spahr, who earned his spot in the TOC through a pre-tournament qualifier, won with games of 206, 245, 300, 200, 233 and 299 and lost with games of 195 and 182.

Rounding out the top five heading into this evening’s final match play round are four-time tour winner Marshall Kent (12-4), 7,950; Darren Tang, who also advanced through the PTQ (9-7) 7,761 and two-time tour winner Michael Machuga (8-8), 7,760. Tang jumped from 15th after yesterday’s first match play round.

In sixth, just one pin back is 2016 PBA Player of the Year and 2017 Tournament of Champions winner EJ Tackett (7-9) 7,759.

After tonight’s final match play round, the top five players will be determined for Sunday’s live TOC FOX telecast at 4:30 p.m. ET.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio

FIFTH ROUND RESULTS

(after 34 games. Field returns this evening for final match play round)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12-4, 8,198.
2, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 8-7-1, 7,950.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12-4, 7,890.
4, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 9-7, 7,761.
5, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 8-8, 7,760.
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 7-9, 7,759.
7, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 7-9, 7,742.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 11-5, 7,702.
9, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 9-7, 7,678.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 11-5, 7,670.
11, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 9-7, 7,594.
12, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 8-8, 7,585.
13, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 9-6-1, 7,564.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 8-8, 7,510.
15, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 8-7-1, 7,450.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-7-1, 7,446.
17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-12, 7,422.
18, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 7-9, 7,394.
19, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5-10-1, 7,341.
20, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 8-8, 7,332.
21, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 6-9-1, 7,295.
22, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 6-10, 7,277.
23, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-11, 7,241.
24, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4-12, 7,157.