Sean Rash, Brooklyn Styles win in debut of PBA League team bowling; Scott Norton claims Earl Anthony crown

ESPN televised the first ever PBA League team bowling competition. The event took place at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, MI. pitted the WTT Kingpins of New York against the Brooklyn Styles of… you guessed it. The teams featured Hall of Fame bowlers Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Brooklyn) and Pete Weber (Kingpins).

The match came down to an epic finale. With Brooklyn holding a two-pin lead, each team’s anchormen; Weber (Kingpins) and Sean Rash (Brooklyn) faced off in the 10th frame. Weber took the right lanes, striking and sparing. However, Rash responded, with two clutch strikes and nine count to beat WTT in the finale, 225-215.

After the match, Rash talked the Detroit Free Press,

“We bowled a couple matches, and we finished on the right side and it backfired on us because it hooked more,” Rash said. “They asked me to be on the bottom. I said if I was going to be on the bottom, I wanted to finish on the left lane because I knew my ball would push through it and my rev rate would tip in the mid-lane and get the 10 (pin) out.”

Earl Anthony Players Championship

Rash did suffer a loss during the PBA Winter Swing, at the hands of 2012 PBA Chameleon Champion, Scott Norton, in the Earl Anthony Players Championship finale with a score of 219-191. Norton, 2010-11 PBA Rookie of the Year and son of USBC and PWBA Hall of Fame bowler, Virginia Norton, claimed his second title of the 2013 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling; becoming the first bowler to earn multiple victories this season.

Norton received $25,000 for the top prize in the tournament and Rash received $13,000 for second place. The next stop on the PBA Tour is the Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., for the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Feb. 18-24, 2013.

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