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Chris Paul’s team makes its mark in two sports

Parker Bohn III was a strong performer for Chris Paul's L.A. X.
Parker Bohn III was a strong performer for Chris Paul's L.A. X.

It was a big night for Chris Paul on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Clippers’ all-star point guard scored 22 points and had 14 assists to lead his team to a 126-121 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the seventh and deciding game of their first-round NBA playoff match.

Paul also happens to be the owner of the Los Angeles X professional bowling team, which finished second behind the Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters in the Professional Bowlers Assn.’s second season.

With the NBA playoffs ongoing and the Donald Sterling saga unraveling, perhaps Paul didn’t notice that one of his X players enjoyed a stellar performance last week.

That was PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, who claimed his first PBA50 Tour title by scoring a 232-229 victory over heralded Pete Weber in the championship match.

Bohn (shown in photo) defeated Weber with a stirring rally. He needed to mount a strong comeback after leaving a 4-6-7-8-10 split in the third frame and failing to convert the spare.

“It was a good example of never giving up,” Bohn was quoted by PBA writer Jerry Schneider. “I trailed the whole game until the last ball. All you can ask for is an opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it.

“For the fans, that’s what they come to see. In a match that comes down to the last shot for the title, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Bowling last in the 10th frame, the left-handed Bohn needed a double and eight pins to seal the win. He responded with three on-the-money strikes.

That’s not surprising for those who watched him bowl with such great consistency for the X during the season. He and franchise player Jason Belmonte were the team’s mainstays and heart and soul.

As for the other three X players: Mika Koivuniemi, Andres Gomez and E.J. Tackett took a back seat to the Big 2 of Belmonte and Bohn.

It stands to wonder if the X would have done better in the Elias Cup championship round if it had talented Kelly Kulick on its team instead of one of its Tier 2 players.

We often mentioned that the undrafted Kulick would have been a good fit on a PBA League team – and particularly on a team from L.A.

Well, there’s always next season.

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