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Atom Splitters to face L.A. X in Elias Cup finals

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It’ll be an all-L.A. match in the Elias Cup finals.

The Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters made that possible with a dominant 6-0 semifinal-round victory over the Philadelphia Hitmen in a Professional Bowlers Assn. League match aired Sunday by ESPN.

The Atom Splitters will meet the L.A. X in the Elias Cup finals. The match will be shown at 11 a.m. April 13 from Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J.

It marks a big reversal for the Atom Splitters and X who were also-rans last year in the inaugural season of the PBA League.

The X finished fifth last year and the Atom Splitters sixth in the eight-team league. The top four teams last year advanced to the Elias Cup.

Both teams rebuilt their teams this year and the X reached the finals on the basis of their victories over the BROOKLYN STyLES and defending-champion New York City WTT KingPins.

The Atom Splitters opened this season by thrashing the Dallas Strikers.

Silver Lake revamped its team by adding Bryon Smith, Wes Malott and Tommy Jones. Franchise player Chris Barnes and Dom Barrett were the lone returnees for the Atom Splitters.

Malott (shown in photo) was a member of the X last season.

Against Philadelphia, Barnes won the opening match in a singles competition against Bill O’Neill and the Atom Splitters were on their way.

Barnes started his game with five strikes en route to a 248-236 victory. He opened in the sixth frame after leaving the 3-4-6-7-10 split, then rolled four strikes in a row.

The rest of his team was equally hot.

“The Atom Splitters are a stacked team,” X franchise player Jason Belmonte said. “I feel our performance speaks for itself. If there’s a team that’s going to give [Silver Lake] a run for their money, it’s us.”

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