2023 PBA League Elias Cup – Semifinals

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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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31 Comments on “2023 PBA League Elias Cup – Semifinals”

  1. Hi everyone! If you’re having issues with audio and video, please bear with it as this means YouTube is still processing my video. Also, please note: the 2nd half of the 2nd game between the Lumberjacks and the High Rollers was cut off due to FS2 time constraints. It would be greatly appreciated if you would consider supporting my channel here! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/bowlingplanet

    1. Yes, sorry! Because this aired on FS2, they cut the game off due to the roll-off between the Strikers and Wonders.

    2. @Bowling PlanetStill love it so it’s ok. Can’t wait to see the final result of the “Wonder” Bread from Waco!😂

    3. yes but if it was live they must have finished the game they couldnt theabout the rolloff later so if it was live then maybe it want live to adjust the tape like that@Bowling Planet

    1. no, its TROUUPPP
      same with norm duke, ppl who dont know always think he’s being boo-ed while the audience says DUUUUUKE.

  2. Too bad about the second half of the first match😢 Really sucks! I mean who does that? Great roll-off in the second match though! Im happy Waco got away with one there. Ciminelli has been looking amazing!

  3. Lots of great, GREAT bowlers on this broadcast. But if I had to pick one guy to bowl against the hypothetical aliens, one game, for the fate of the planet, I would take Prather. They’re ALL great, and they can all bowl a 300 at any time. But some guys might get overexcited in the clutch, (guys like Marshall Kent and Sean Rash) and make a bad shot at a crucial time. Shark Prather? Nope. The man has ice coursing through his veins. If you need one guy to bowl that game to save the world, I take Prather. What do you guys think?

    1. I think I’m taking troup but it’s an interesting question ,

      1. Troup
      2. Prather
      3. Francois Lavoie

      That’s my top 3

  4. Questionable decisions for Dallas this year – Why is Ogle still in the 5th and 10th after last year’s fiasco? He clearly has problems in the clutch. Why was he retained in the first place? I love Norm, but Ogle might be a lost cause.

    Also, Norm would have been the perfect substitute for Bill. Would have been incredible to watch him play again, and could have made the match go differently.

  5. DJ Archer’s approach and form _really_ pisses me off… how can you hop like Brer Rabbit right before the foul line and expect to stay grounded?

  6. I swear PB3 is immortal 😂
    What a silky smooth roll/form, and how well it’s worked out for him since he was half the age he is now. Can’t believe I’m even saying that, the man doesn’t _look_ 60!

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