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PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke Helps Host Chris Paul Win His Fourth
State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Doubles Title
Houston Rockets star wins second consecutive title in multi-event extravaganza
benefitting Paul’s CP3 Family Foundation
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (Feb. 4, 2018) — With the help of PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Houston Rockets All-Star guard Chris Paul won his second consecutive and fourth overall doubles title in the State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by GoBowling! in a special televised Sunday on ESPN from Bowlero The Woodlands in the suburban Houston.
In the featured event of the ninth annual invitational event involving PBA stars and celebrity bowlers benefitting Paul’s CP3 Family Foundation, Paul teamed with Duke foran error-free, 10 strike performance in the alternate-frame doubles format championship match to beat eight-time PBA Tour titlist Bill O’Neill and Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts, 259-226, in the title match.
Paul and Duke combined for the first six strikes in the match which ultimately proved too much for the O’Neill/Betts team to overcome. In the ninth frame, Paul sewed up the win by picking up the challenging 4-5 split in front of an enthusiastic sold out crowd at Bowlero The Woodlands.
“I’ve been blessed to have some great partners over the years and Norm certainly showed why he’s a Hall of Famer,” said Paul, who won last year’s event with PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes. “It was up to me to stay there with him and keep the momentum going. Bowling’s like every other sport where, when you get that momentum early, you want to keep it. If you do, good things are going to happen.”
Paul also won doubles titles back-to-back in 2010 and 2011 with four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte. For Duke, it was his first CP3 Celebrity Invitational win.
“Going into the finals I felt like we were the underdogs,” said Duke. “Mookie is a talented player and Bill is one of the best in the land right now so we knew we were goingto have our work cut out for us.
“We got through the semifinal match in good shape but right before practice for the title match Chris was kind of lost and asked me ‘What should I do?’ Chris is a guy wholikes to play the inside part of the lane and hook the ball, but I suggested he try playing outside where I was playing and, sure enough, he made it work. We just started striking and we were on our way.
“I don’t want to understate how big that 4-5 split conversion was,” Duke added. “At that point the match still could have gone either way if he had missed it, but that was a great shot.”
In the five-frame semifinal matches, the Duke/Paul team beat 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett and Paul’s Rockets teammate, James Harden, 109-90, and the Betts/O’Neill team beat the 2016 winners, newly-elected Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 130-73, to advance to the final match.
Sunday’s telecast also featured a one-game Baker format team match with two-time PBA Tour winner DJ Archer of Houston, Paul, Harden, fellow Texan Dino Castillo and Rockets forward Trevor Ariza making up the Houston Strong team against 12-time Tour winner Sean Rash, Betts, Owens and 2017 Teen Masters representatives Hannah Diem of Seminole, Fla., and Logan Harvey of Titusville, Fla., making up the Bowlero All-Stars team. TheBowlero All-Stars overcame an open in the second frame to soundly defeat a struggling Houston Strong team, 215-158.
In the third event of the telecast all of the participating celebrities, including actor/comedian Oscar Nunez and Rockets guard Bobby Brown, took part in the Go Bowling!Celebrity Super Clash sudden-death shoot out where the low score in each frame was eliminated. It came down to a dual against Owens and Ariza in the eighth frame with Owens striking to win against Ariza’s eight count.
The Chris Paul Family Foundation strives to positively impact individuals and families by providing resources that enrich and strengthen healthy development of strong communities.
PBA’s February schedule of live ESPN telecasts continues with three consecutive live Go Bowling! PBA Tour finals on Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning with the PBA Tournamentof Champions on Feb. 11; the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, Feb. 18, and the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, Feb. 25.
State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling!
Bowlero The Woodlands, The Woodlands, Texas
Results from Sunday’s ESPN telecast
Alternate Frame Doubles Format
Semi-final (five frames)
Match One – Norm Duke/Chris Paul def. EJ Tackett/James Harden, 109-90.
Match Two – Bill O’Neill/Mookie Betts def. Pete Weber/Terrell Owens – 130-73.
Championship (10 frames)
Duke/Paul def. O’Neill/Betts, 259-226.
CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Winners:
2018 – Norm Duke/Chris Paul
2017 – Chris Barnes/Chris Paul
2016 – Pete Weber/Terrell Owens
2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana
2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick
2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin
2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James
About The Chris Paul Family Foundation
The Chris Paul Family Foundation strives to positively impact individuals and families by leveling the playing field in education, sports and life. The foundation provides resources that enrich and strengthen the healthy development of strong communities. Recognized as a leader in the area of philanthropy, The Chris Paul Family Foundation will continue to use its platform to impact communities nationally and globally. For more information about the Chris Paul Family Foundation, visithttps://chrispaul3.com/foundation/
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