Pepe Cruises to No. 1 Seed on PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Stepladder Finals

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Anthony Pepe
Anthony Pepe averaged 236 for 32 games to lead the tournament by 370 pins.

LAS VEGAS – Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., won 11 of his 16 matches – including seven of the last eight – and averaged 236 for 32 games to cruise into the No. 1 position for the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open stepladder finals Thursday afternoon by 370 pins over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Also advancing to the stepladder finals that will be covered live on PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame, at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET) were No. 3 Jason Belmonte, Australia; No. 4 Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and No. 5 Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

The South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic continues Friday with the South Point PBA West Challenge, a regional tournament open to players who have not won a PBA title. Action then shifts to the most high-powered five-player team competition in PBA history, the PBA Team Challenge, Saturday and Sunday. The PBA Fall Classic concludes with the PBA50 Western Open, a regional tournament for players ages 50 and older, on Monday.

PBA XTRA FRAME SOUTH POINT LAS VEGAS OPEN
South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, Thursday

Final Match Play Standings (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 11-5, 7,888.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 10-6, 7,518.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 10-6, 7,385.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8-8, 7,350.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 10-6, 7,344.
6, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 8-8, 7,280, $1,400.
7, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 7-8-1, 7,248, $1,350.
8, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 8-7-1, 7,218, $1,300.
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-11, 7,210, $1,250.
10, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5-11, 7,140, $1,200.
11, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 10-6, 7,125, $1,150.
12, Sam Cooley, Australia, 7-9, 7,100, $1,100.
13, Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 6-9-1, 7,085, $1,075.
14, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7-8-1, 7,069, $1,050.
15, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 6-9-1, 6,980, $1,025.
16, a-Oscar Rodriguez, Colombia, 7-8-1, 6,816, $1,000.

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