Daugherty and Cooley Fill Out Kia PBA Playoffs Quarterfinals After Roll-Off Victories

Tom Daugherty knocks out Jason Sterner, Sam Cooley defeats Jesper Svensson


Milford, Conn.—Tom Daugherty and Sam Cooley earned the final two berths in the Kia PBA Playoffs quarterfinals, winning tie-breaking roll-offs against Jason Sterner and Jesper Svensson, respectively. Daugherty, who has won two Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour titles in 2021 including the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship, and Cooley, who won his first career PBA Tour title in the PBA Cheetah Championship, will face each other in the quarterfinals.


In a race-to-two-points format, each game is worth one point. If the players are tied after two games, a ninth-and-10th-frame roll-off decides the winner of the match.


In his opening game against Sterner, No. 3 seed Daugherty rolled the first seven strikes before a 7-10 split derailed his pursuit of perfection. It did not derail his big lead, though, and Daugherty took game one, 245-204.


Sterner, the 14th seed, countered in game two, throwing the front four on his way to a 225-213 win and forcing a ninth-and-10th-frame roll-off. For the first time in this season’s PBA Playoffs, an additional one-ball sudden-death roll-off was needed when both players posted scores of 39 in the first attempt to break the tie.


Daugherty, the higher seed, opted to have Sterner start the first roll-off, meaning Daugherty would finish on the left lane. In the one-ball roll-off, Daugherty chose to bowl first on the right lane. Daugherty struck and Sterner left a 10 pin, advancing Daugherty into the quarterfinals.


Cooley and Svensson battled in a high-scoring first game, with Svensson rolling nine strikes on the way to a 268-248 win. In the second game, Svensson finished first with a 223, forcing Cooley to get all three strikes in the 10th to split the series and force a tie-breaking roll-off. Cooley got the first two strikes, but a 10 pin on his fill ball left the players tied at 223.


To decide the winner of game two, the players dueled in a single-ball roll-off. No. 6 seed Svensson decided to bowl first on the left lane, leaving a 7 pin. Cooley left a 10 pin, requiring another shot from each player. On the right lane, Svensson again got nine, but Cooley struck, claiming game two and forcing the ninth-and-10th-frame roll-off to decide the match.


Cooley took over from there, striking in the ninth frame before Svensson opened in both the ninth and the 10th, sending Cooley into the quarterfinals.


The Kia PBA Playoffs quarterfinals begin Sunday, May 9 at noon ET on Fox Sports’ FS1 and will feature Kyle Troup versus Thomas Larsen and François Lavoie taking on Bill O’Neill.


The winner of the PBA Playoffs will receive a PBA Tour title, $100,000 and an official WWE championship title belt.


Viewers can live stream the PBA on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.


Round of 16 Results (Saturday, Apr. 24 on FS1)

Bowlero Milford, Milford, Conn.


No. 1 Kyle Troup def. No. 16 Andrew Anderson, 2-1

Game 1 – Troup def. Anderson, 234-233

Game 2 – Anderson def. Troup, 225-212

Roll-off – Troup def. Anderson, 58-26


No. 9 Thomas Larsen def. No. 8 Anthony Simonsen, 2-0

Game 1 – Larsen def. Simonsen, 244-238

Game 2 – Larsen def. Simonsen, 279-224


Round of 16 Results (Sunday, Apr. 25 on FS1)


No. 4 François Lavoie def. No. 13 Dick Allen, 2-1

Game 1 – Lavoie def. Allen, 266-185

Game 2 – Allen def. Lavoie, 258-238

Roll-off – Lavoie def. Allen, 59-50


No. 12 Bill O’Neill def. No. 5 Jakob Butturff, 2-1

Game 1 – Butturff def. O’Neill, 257-193

Game 2 – O’Neill def. Butturff, 227-222

Roll-off – O’Neill def. Butturff, 49-39


Round of 16 Results (Saturday, May 1 on FS1)


No. 15 Cristian Azcona def. No. 2 Chris Via, 2-0

Game 1 – Azcona def. Via, 258-226

Game 2 – Azcona def. Via, 238-215


No. 10 EJ Tackett def. No. 7 Kris Prather, 2-1

Game 1 – Tackett def. Prather, 267-170

Game 2 – Prather def. Tackett, 205-188

Roll-off – Tackett def. Prather, 38-26


Round of 16 (Sunday, May 2 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)


No. 3 Tom Daugherty def. No. 14 Jason Sterner, 2-1

Game 1 – Daugherty def. Sterner, 245-204

Game 2 – Sterner def. Daugherty, 225-213

Roll-off – Daugherty def. Sterner, 39-39 (10-9)


No. 11 Sam Cooley def. No. 6 Jesper Svensson, 2-1

Game 1 – Svensson def. Cooley, 268-248

Game 2 – Cooley def. Svensson, 223-223 (9-9, 10-9)

Roll-off – Cooley def. Svensson, 35-16


Quarterfinals (Sunday, May 9 at noon ET on FS1)

No. 1 Kyle Troup vs. No. 9 Thomas Larsen

No. 4 François Lavoie vs. No. 12 Bill O’Neill


Quarterfinals (Monday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1)

No. 10 EJ Tackett vs. No. 15 Cristian Azcona

No. 3 Tom Daugherty vs. No. 11 Sam Cooley


Semifinals (Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m. ET on FS1)

To be determined after quarterfinals


Kia PBA Playoffs Championship (Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX)

To be determined after semifinals


About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.





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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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