Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat PBA World Points leader Patrick Allen of Tarrytown and reach today's televised finals (1 p.m., ESPN) of the PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Goebel won the final three games of the best-of-five match, 267-184, 224-214 and 246-237. Allen had won the first two games, 265-256 and 203-165.
Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., also advanced by defeating Brian Himmler of Cincinnati, 3-1, after losing the first game. Duke triumphed, 189-210, 237-233, 227-198 and 195-190.
Randy Pedersen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeated Ryan Shafer of Elmira, 3-1, to advance. Shafer was eliminated even though his low game was 225. Pedersen triumphed, 270-233, 233-235, 247-226 and 235-225.
Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., took the final spot on today's TV show by edging 2004 Bowler of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 3-2.
Jaros held off Koivuniemi by striking twice in his last frame. That forced Koivuniemi to have to add two more strikes to one he put on the board in the ninth. However, the native of Finland left two pins on his first ball, giving the match to Jaros.
The scores were 219-202, 227-248, 192-270, 248-280 and 206-195.
Duke will face Pedersen, and Goebel will take on Jaros in today's semifinal matches.
Tom Baker of Buffalo, the winner of the 2004 PBA Denny's World Championship, averaged 230.3 but lost his first-round match Friday night to Mike DeVaney of Henderson, Nev., 3-1. DeVaney won, 225-210, 279-247, 220-256 and 212-208.
The Tournament of Champions, formerly held in Akron, Ohio, is the last of the Tour's four major championships for the 2004-05 season.
Jurek second in qualifier
FREDONIA -- Riga Kalfas of Florence, Ky., took qualifying honors in the PBA East/Central Region Lucky Lanes Open on Saturday with 1,852 for eight games (231.5 average). Jack Jurek of Lancaster qualified second with 1,834 (229.3) while Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was fifth at 1,793 (224.1).
Kalfas was runner-up to Jurek in the Central Region point standings for the recently completed 2004-05 season.
The top 16 bowlers will enter match play today starting at 9 a.m. with the finals around 1 p.m.