Azcona, Cooley Win Roll-offs to Advance to Kia PBA Playoffs Semifinals

Cristian Azcona edges EJ Tackett, Sam Cooley knocks out Tom Daugherty


Milford, Conn.—No. 15 seed Cristian Azcona and No. 11 seed Sam Cooley both overcame game-one losses to force and win tie-breaking roll-offs and advance to the Kia PBA Playoffs semifinals. Azcona eliminated 10th-seeded EJ Tackett and Cooley upset No. 3 seed Tom Daugherty. Azcona and Cooley will face each other in the semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on Fox Sports’ FS1.


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.


After dropping game one to Tackett, Azcona put up seven strikes in the second game on his way to a 240-214 win to necessitate a roll-off. Azcona began the roll-off with a strike, which Tackett matched. Tackett finished first, striking in the 10th and then leaving a 4-8. Taking just the 4 pin on his spare attempt, Tackett finished with a score of 47, forcing Azcona to strike and get nine pins to win. That’s exactly what Azcona did, advancing to the semifinals.


Likewise, Cooley lost the first game to Daugherty but tied the match with a victory in game two. Despite trailing early in the second game, Cooley strung five consecutive strikes in the middle of the game to overtake Daugherty for a 236-218 win.


As the higher seed, Daugherty elected to bowl first in the roll-off, starting with a spare. Cooley posted a score of 37, requiring Daugherty to roll nine, spare, nine to win. Instead, Daugherty left the 2-4-10 split and failed to convert, leaving Cooley with a 37-26 victory and the final spot in the semifinals.


The Kia PBA Playoffs semifinals, featuring Azcona against Cooley and Kyle Troup taking on François Lavoie, air live on Fox Sports’ FS1 Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m. ET.


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 Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. International fans can watch live on


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 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 on FS1)


No. 1 Kyle Troup def. No. 9 Thomas Larsen, 2-0

Game 1 – Troup def. Larsen, 260-204

Game 2 – Troup def. Larsen, 239-199


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

Game 1 – O’Neill def. Lavoie, 190-182

Game 2 – Lavoie def. O’Neill, 217-188

Roll-off – Lavoie def. O’Neill, 46-40


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


No. 15 Cristian Azcona def. No. 10 EJ Tackett, 2-1

Game 1 – Tackett def. Azcona, 257-213

Game 2 – Azcona def. Tackett, 240-214

Roll-off – Azcona def. Tackett, 49-47


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

Game 1 – Daugherty def. Cooley, 226-209

Game 2 – Cooley def. Daugherty, 236-218

Roll-off – Cooley def. Daugherty, 37-26


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

No. 1 Kyle Troup vs. No. 4 François Lavoie

No. 11 Sam Cooley vs. No. 15 Cristian Azcona


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

Winner of Troup/Lavoie vs. Winner of Cooley/Azcona


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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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