Centreville, Va. – The final four teams to compete for the Elias Cup have been determined after Monday night’s back-to-back PBA League division semifinals. Of the four teams, two new expansion franchises took down the number one seeds in their respective divisions and will compete in the division finals tonight on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET.
In the Carter Division, No. 4 seeded Las Vegas Rollers defeated No. 1 seeded Philadelphia Hitmen 2-0 in games of 218-190 and 248-182. Las Vegas, one of two expansion teams who will advance to the division finals, easily swept Philadelphia, who struggled to strike in both games.
In the other Carter Division semifinal match, No. 2 seeded Dallas Strikers swept the No. 4 seeded Phoenix Fury, 2-0 in games of 267-188, 258-239. Phoenix, the all-women’s team who made history last night advancing to their division semifinals, never got comfortable on the lanes in the first game. Phoenix rallied in the second half of game two stringing together five strikes, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Dallas.
Dallas will face Las Vegas in the divisional final Monday night.
In the Anthony Division, Brew City Ballers, the second of two expansion teams took down No. 1 seeded Motown Muscle, 2-1. Motown came out strong in game one, winning 269-230, but Brew City fought back to win game two, 235-227, and forced a sudden death roll-off. Brew City’s anchor player Sean Rash stepped up for the second time in competition and struck after EJ Tackett left a four pin.
In a rematch of last year’s PBA League finals, defending champion, Portland Lumberjacks, swept L.A.X 2-0 in games of 227-174 and 206-193. L.A. just could not get comfortable and left open frames in both games. Portland capitalized on their mistakes and advances to meet Brew City in the Anthony Division finals.
The competition for the PBA League Elias Cup continues through Wednesday night on FS1.
PBA League Elias Cup: Division Finals – Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
- Anthony Division: Portland Lumberjacks vs. Brew City Ballers
- Carter Division: Dallas Strikers vs. Las Vegas High Rollers
PBA League Elias Cup: Championship Finals – Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
- Matches to be determined after Division Finals
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PBA League Elias Cup Quarterfinal Round Results
Anthony Division Quarterfinals Match 1
No. 3 L.A. X def. No. 6 NYC KingPins, 2-0 (246-224, 277-237)
L.A. X advances to semifinals against Portland Lumberjacks
Anthony Division Quarterfinals Match 2
No. 4 Brew City Ballers def. No. 5 Miami Waves, 2-1 (234-182, 219-234, 10-6)
Brew City Ballers advance to semifinals against Motown Muscle
Carter Division Quarterfinals Match 1
No. 6 Phoenix Fury def. No. 3 Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2-1 (243-214, 212-216, 10-10, 10-9)
Phoenix Fury advances to semifinals against Dallas Strikers
Carter Division Quarterfinals Match 2
No. 4 Las Vegas High Rollers def. No. 5 Brooklyn Styles, 2-0 (243-214, 267-248)
Las Vegas advances to semifinals against Philadelphia Hitmen
PBA League Elias Cup Semifinal Round Results
Anthony Division Semifinals Match 1
Portland Lumberjacks def. L.A.X, 2-0 (227-174, 206-193)
Portland advances to Anthony Division finals
Anthony Division Semifinals Match 2
Brew City Ballers def. Motown Muscle, 2-1 (230-269, 235-227, 10-9)
Brew City advances to Anthony Division finals
Carter Division Semifinals Match 1
Dallas Strikers def. Phoenix Fury, 2-0 (267-188, 258-239)
Dallas advances to Carter Division finals
Carter Division Semifinals Match 2
Las Vegas High Rollers def. Philadelphia Hitmen, 2-0 (218-190, 248-182)
Las Vegas advances to Carter Division finals
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