One thing is certain about the Elias Cup finals at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.
A Los Angeles team will walk off with the title of the eight-team Professional Bowlers Assn. League.
That’s because the league's two L.A. teams will square off for the championship in a match that will be aired on ESPN at 11 a.m. Sunday.
In a reversal of form, the Los Angeles X and the Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters proved to be unstoppable in the first two rounds of the league’s second season.
Last year, the X finished fifth and the Atom Splitters sixth and both did not advance to the Elias Cup in the league’s inaugural season. The top four teams advanced to the Elias Cup in 2013.
Silver Lake, an L.A. neighborhood east of Hollywood and northwest of downtown L.A., had a chance to reach the Elias Cup finals last year but was thwarted by the X in the season's final round of regular-season competition.
The X won that round, edging the Atom Splitters along the way with a down-to-the-wire 207-206 victory.
That was one of the most exciting matches of the season. Silver Lake took the upper hand in the match after Dave Wodka of the X opened in the eighth frame when he missed a 10 pin.
But X franchise player Jason Belmonte rolled a strike in the ninth frame and anchor Parker Bohn III (shown in photo) blasted three strikes in the 10th frame to give the X the lead.
Silver Lake franchise player Chris Barnes then needed three strikes in the 10th to give his team the victory. Two strikes and a nine-pin count would result in a tie.
Barnes got two strikes in the 10th, but he hit the head pin flush on his next shot and left the 4-7, giving the X its one-pin victory.
Belmonte, Bohn and Barnes are all back for their respective teams, both of which have been revamped for their second season.
Silver Lake advanced to the Elias Cup with a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Strikers and a 6-0 sweep of the Philadelphia Hitmen. The X scored victories of 4-2 over the BROOKLYN STyLES and 5-1 over the defending-chamipion New York City WTT KingPins.
The Elias Cup is named after the late PBA Hall of Famer Eddie Elias, who founded the PBA in 1958. Elias died in 1998.