2023 PBA League Elias Cup – Finals

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The three-time defending Elias Cup champions picked up right where they left off, earning the No. 1 seed in the 2023 PBA League Elias Cup presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Anchored by Wes Malott, a two-time Mark Roth PBA League MVP, Portland averaged more than 222 across 10 games of round-robin match play to clinch the top seed.

The Lumberjacks retained Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather and Arturo Quintero from their 2022 championship roster, while adding Graham Fach in July’s draft to replace the departing Packy Hanrahan.

“The biggest thing for us is always communication,” last year’s MVP Troup said. “We have great communication in keeping the core together with Timmy (Mack) as the manager.”

Troup added that Quintero’s experience at Bayside Bowl played a large role in the Lumberjacks’ dominance on Saturday afternoon. Quintero, who became so infatuated with the Portland and Bayside Bowl community last year, moved his family to Portland following last year's PBA League.

The Lumberjacks averaged more than 10 pins per game more than the No. 2 qualifier, the Go Bowling! Dallas Strikers.

“We filled a lot of frames,” added Prather, who has been a member of all three of Portland's championship squads. “We weren’t really striking a whole lot, but we would save games later on. We wouldn’t shoot ourselves in the foot early, and could still get to 190-220 so we didn’t lose ground at any point.”

The Lumberjacks defeated the Strikers in the position round — a rematch of last year’s Elias Cup Finals — to clinch the top seed. Portland compiled an 8-2 record on the day to finish at +463.

The Strikers (+380) earned the No. 2 seed on the 42-foot Mark Roth oil pattern, also netting them a two-round bye in the televised finals. The Lumberjacks and Strikers will compete next in Tuesday’s semifinals.

“I think getting (the two-round bye) is huge,” Prather said. “We get to see how the lanes will play over there, how the other teams attack it, and gameplan for what we want to do.”

The NYC KingPins (+273), Las Vegas High Rollers (+270), and Silver Lake Atom Splitters (+244) round out the top five qualifiers. Those three teams earn a one-round bye to Monday’s quarterfinals.

EJ Tackett and Anthony Simonsen’s Motown Muscle slipped from fifth to sixth place during the position round, which means they’ll be the top seed in Sunday’s play-in stepladder.

The Snickers Waco Wonders took the No. 7 seed, while Jason Belmonte’s Bowlero L.A. X qualified in eighth.

The Pabst Blue Ribbon Milwaukee Pounders and Guaranteed Rate Chicago Breeze will meet in the opening match. The play-in stepladder begins at 5 p.m. Eastern Sunday on FS1.

Seeding Round Standings

Portland Lumberjacks, 2,463 (+463)
Go Bowling! Dallas Strikers, 2,380 (+380)
NYC KingPins, 2,273 (+273)
Las Vegas High Rollers, 2,270 (+270)
Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2,244 (+244)
Motown Muscle, 2,180 (+180)
Snickers Waco Wonders, 2,176 (+176)
Bowlero L.A. X, 2,057 (+57)
Pabst Blue Ribbon Milwaukee Pounders, 2,056 (+56)
Guaranteed Rate Chicago Breeze, 2,051 (+51)

Bayside Bowl | Portland, Maine

All times listed in Eastern.

Sunday, Sept. 24 | FS1
5 p.m. — PBA League Play-in Stepladder

Monday, Sept. 25 | FS1
7 p.m. — PBA League Quarterfinals presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon

Tuesday, Sept. 26 | FS1
8 p.m. | PBA League Semifinals presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon

Wednesday, Sept. 27 | FS1
8 p.m. | PBA League Elias Cup Finals presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon

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25 Comments on “2023 PBA League Elias Cup – Finals”

    1. No issues at all with the audio. One of, if not the best PBA Team match I’ve seen in a while. Thanks so much for uploading.

    1. @Dark Cabin Productions Yeah Prather is my favorite bowler in the world but he was off a lot in these finals. When he threw a good ball, he got bad carries with that ring 10. But he also threw plenty of bad balls.

  1. Ciminelli and Graham Fach, piping it down that left side,they just bowled great, and they carried everything, Very impressive bowling.

  2. Man what an intense third game! Imo it was the right team who won it though. Waco Wonders was playing outstanding throughout the entire event, and in particular Ryan Ciminelli, and lets be honest any team who lets Ryan Ciminelli go doesent deserve to win

  3. I always say, if your team dosent make it (dallas strikers), root for the underdog. The waco wonders proved they were anything but that. They CRUSHED IT! The lumberjacks werent expecting that at all. Like Randy said, no open frames, average 253, this was just incredible bowling. Also congrats to Ryan Ciminelli for proving hes one of the best. Being kicked off 3 teams, to winning the MVP. Congrats to the waco wonders! Also congrats to Parker Bohn III for winning the one championship hes never one. Great showing

  4. I can scarcely recall witnessing an athlete make a statement as emphatically as Ciminelli did in this event. It feels similar to when MJ always took things personally and was fueled to win championships because of it.

  5. Ciminelli is a friggin machine. As Randy would say, that release is so sweet it got me a few cavities. Striking machine.

  6. It’s weird seeing 10 pros on the lanes and a 1 hander having the highest rev rate! Show them how it’s done BJ!

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