It’s USA vs. The World Sunday Afternoon following UNC-NC State Basketball on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern
by bvint | Wednesday, January 04, 6:34 AM
In the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII presented by Silver Legacy Resort and Casino finale, the five best U.S. performers and five best international players based on overall PBA World Championship qualifying totals earned spots in the USA vs. The World team finale. The finals will air Sunday at approximately 3 p.m. ET on ESPN from the National Bowling Stadium, following the North Carolina-North Carolina State basketball game that was re-scheduled due to inclement weather.
Each player earned his way onto his respective team after a combined 32 games of qualifying in the four animal pattern championships (Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark) that led into the PBA World Championship. The top five U.S. players advanced to the U.S. Team and the top five international players from the 169-player field earned berths on the World team.
For a video preview of the USA vs. The World finals visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrRWJuP1VgI
Making up the U.S. team, coached by PBA Scorpion Championship winner presented by Reno Tahoe USA and 18-time Tour winner Tommy Jones, will be Dick Allen (7th in qualifying with 224.66 average), BJ Moore III (2nd with 229.38 average), Matt O’Grady (5th with 225.97 average), Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com winner Mitch Beasley (4th with 226.5 average) and PBA World Championship winner EJ Tackett (1st with 229.59 average).
Making up the international squad, coached by five-time Tour winner Osku Palermaa, will be Australia’s Sam Cooley (3rd in qualifying with a 226.53 average), England’s Dom Barrett (6th with 225.53 average), PBA Shark Championship winner Francois Lavoie of Canada (8th with 223.47 average), Mexico’s Arturo Quintero (10th with 222.09 average) and Sweden’s Martin Larsen (11th with 221.16 average).
The non-title special event will involve two five-player Baker format team matches. In order to win the match outright, a team needs to win both matches. If the teams split the two games, the winner will be decided based on a one-ball sudden-death roll-off. The winning team will earn $40,000; the losing team members will earn shares of a $20,000 consolation prize.
The World teams hold a 2-0 lead in the series having won previous events in 2013 and 2011.
The USA vs. The World finals will also be simulcast on the ESPN3 online streaming service and via computers and mobile devices through the WatchESPN app.