Three teams remain in the quest for the 2014 PBA Elias Cup, and that number will be reduced to two after actor/comedian Kevin Hart’s Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear meets the Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks, owned by “Nerdist” creator and television personality Chris Hardwick, in the final PBA League semifinal round battle Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s winner will meet L.A. Clippers star Chris Paul’s L.A. X presented by Gobowling.com (Mika Koivuniemi, E.J. Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte, Parker Bohn III) in the Elias Cup championship match on ESPN April 13. L.A. X emerged with a 5-1 victory over the defending PBA League champion New York City WTT KingPins, presented by GEICO owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King, to earn its berth in the Elias Cup Finals.
During each PBA League telecast, teams compete for points in a head-to-head series of single-elimination matches. Each team match includes singles, alternate-ball doubles, Baker trio and Baker team contests. One point is awarded for a win in singles, doubles and trios with three points awarded for a Baker team win. Should there be a tie at the conclusion of the match, a one-ball, sudden-death roll-off will determine the winner.
In Sunday’s opening singles match Silver Lake team captain and 17–time Tour winner Chris Barnes will meet four-time Tour titlist and Hitmen team captain Bill O’Neill.
In the alternate doubles match, Barnes will team with 2003 USBC Masters winner Bryon Smith against the Hitmen’s two-time Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli and 2011-12 Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard.
In trios, it will be the Atom Splitters’ 15-time Tour winner Tommy Jones, three-time winner Dom Barrett and nine-time champion Wes Malott against the Hitmen’s Ciminelli, O’Neill and Dan MacLelland.
In the Baker team finale, the Hitmen will send MacLelland, Blanchard, O’Neill, Ciminelli and two-time Tour winner Mike DeVaney against the Atom Splitters’ Smith, Barnes, Barrett, Malott and Jones.
The winner of the Atom Splitters-Hitmen semifinal will meet L.A. X in the Elias Cup Finals from Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J., April 13 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.
2014 PBA LEAGUE ESPN TELECAST SUMMARY
All times Eastern
Feb. 9 Quarterfinal Match One – L.A. X presented by Gobowling.com def. BROOKLYN STyLES presented by Concrete Software PBA Bowling Challenge, 4-2, to advance to semifinals.
Feb. 16 Quarterfinal Match Two – New York City WTT KingPins presented by GEICO def. Motown Muscle presented by Barbasol, 4-2, to advance to semifinals.
March 2 Quarterfinal Match Three – Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. Dallas Strikers presented by USBC, 5-1.
March 23, Quarterfinal Match Four – Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear def. Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits presented by Hotel Planner.com, 6-0, to advance to semifinals.
March 30, Semifinal Match One - L.A. X def. KingPins, 5-1, to advance to Elias Cup Finals.
April 6, 1 p.m., Semifinal Match Two - Atom Splitters vs. Hitmen (winner meets L.A. X in Elias Cup Finals).
April 13, 2 p.m. – Elias Cup Finals.