Tuesday on CBS Sports Network: Indiana’s EJ Tackett Leads Group Two Stepladder Field in Bid for Main Event PBA Tour Finals Championship Berth

by jschneider  |  Monday, June 19, 8:21 AM

Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., led the Group Two round-robin match play qualifiers in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals, and is a two-game match away from a berth in the championship match of the Professional Bowlers Association’s newest showcase event.

The four-player Group Two stepladder round will air Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports Network, with no. 3 qualifier Dom Barrett of England facing no. 4 Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match. The Barrett-Jones winner will then meet no. 2 qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in a one-game match for the right to bowl against Tackett in the two-game, total pinfall final match.

Tackett, one of five players in the PBA’s 58-year history to win both Rookie and Player of the Year awards, rolled through the round-robin match play portion of the PBA Tour Finals with a 3-1 record, rolling games of 237, 227, 299 and 231. Despite losing to Ciminelli’s 268 in the final match game, Tackett held onto the top qualifying position for the stepladder round by 33 pins.

The winner of the Group Two stepladder round will advance to the Main Event PBA Tour Finals championship match, a three-game, total pinfall contest against Australia’s Jason Belmonte who won the Group One stepladder round. The Group Two runner-up will bowl one game against Sweden’s Jesper Svensson to decide the third- and fourth-place finishers.

The championship round will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 27, at 9:30 p.m. EDT. First prize in the new PBA Tour event is $30,000 plus a PBA Tour title.

Each of the CBS Sports Network telecasts will be re-broadcast. Check your local listings for times and dates.