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Silver Lake Atom Splitters face Dallas Strikers in PBA League quarterfinals

Chris Barnes is the franchise player of the Atom Splitters.
Chris Barnes is the franchise player of the Atom Splitters.
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The Los Angeles X has been generating considerable attention with its successful early-season performance in the Professional Bowlers Assn. League.

The X opened the season by defeating the BROOKLYN STyLES, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. Then Jason Belmonte, the X’s franchise player, became the first player in nearly 50 years to successfully defend the United States Bowling Congress Masters title.

Belmonte won the championship Sunday by outdueling E.J. Tackett in the finals. Tackett also competes for the X.

But there’s more than one Los Angeles entry in the PBA League.

The Silver Lake Atom Splitters, which represents a residential and commercial neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, will make its 2014 league debut on ESPN at noon Sunday in Allen Park, Mich.

The Atom Splitters will compete against the Dallas Strikers in a quarterfinal match.

Silver Lake will have Chris Barnes (shown in photo) bowling at No. 1; Wes Malott at No. 2; Tommy Jones at No. 3; Dom Barrett at No. 4; and Bryon Smith at No. 5. Malott, Jones and Smith are newcomers to the team.

Malott bowled at No. 2 for the X last season, Jones performed at No. 2 for the league champion New York City WTT KingPins and Smith bowled at No. 4 for the Strikers.

Barnes, the Atom Splitters’ franchise player, is one of the top bowlers in the country.

He claimed his 17th PBA title and his second PBA International Tour title on Friday when he defeated woman bowler New Hui Fen of Singapore, 493-483, in the two-game championship match of the H.H. Emir Cup at Qatar Bowling Center.

For each game, Fen was given eight handicap pins, an equality handicap awarded to women in many international events.

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