|THE PERFECT SANDWICH Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., threw bookend 300 games Friday
|Windsor Locks, CT - Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., threw bookend 300 games Friday afternoon and averaged 251.00 to continue to lead the PBA Cambridge Credit Classic at Bradley Bowl.
Allen, who began the day with a 70-pin lead over Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., started off with a perfect game, his first since the round of 16 in the PBA Miller High Life Open. He tossed a second 300 game in his final game to finish with a 4,518 18-game pinfall.
"I knew I couldné─˘t go on cruise control at the start of the day," said Allen. "It was nice to get off to such a good start because the way the scores were going, I knew I would have to continue to shoot well to make it."
Allen was 178 pins behind the all-time, 18-game pinfall record set by Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., in the 1994 PBA True Value Open in Peoria, Ill., who rolled 4,696. Allen will now face amateur Chris Rebstock, Middletown, Conn., in the round of 32.
Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., finished second with 4,469, 49 pins behind Allen. Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, qualified 4th with 4,406 and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., finished with 4,350 to place 7th.
Aulby, Indianapolis, Peter Hernandez, Miami, and Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., also rolled 300 games on the day and pushed the tournament total to 15. That total is the most since the 2002 PBA Flagship Open, where 19 perfect games were thrown.
Current PBA World Points leader Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., finished in 55th with 4,106 and missed the cut. Also failing to qualify for match play were Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 4,159, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,167.
The top 32 bowlers will return tonight at 6 p.m. to begin match play. Match play is a best-of-seven, single-elimination format where bowlers are ranked based on the previous 20 tournaments. ESPN will televise the five-man finals live on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m.