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Obenauer field narrows; Szczerbinski, Angelo win

John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda continued his hot pace and PBA Tour pro Brad Angelo kept on winning.

They will meet at 1 p.m. today in the winners bracket final of the 49th George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at Transit Lanes.

Szczerbinski, who had the best four-game block in qualifying (954) and had the high three-game series in match play on Thursday (717) and added a 739 Friday, nearly hit 700 again in his 691-513 victory over Justin Hart of Buffalo Saturday.

Lockport's Angelo has turned in sets of 560, 584 and 644 but was still undefeated after his 635-598 triumph over Jeff Tycz of Cheektowaga.

The winner of the Szczerbinski-Angelo match will face the once-defeated bracket survivor for the overall championship at 3 p.m.

Joining Szczerbinski and Angelo in the final four are Jack Jurek of Lackawanna and Tycz of Cheektowaga.

Another PBA Tour pro, Jurek won three matches Saturday night to stay alive. He defeated Tony Dolan of West Seneca, 617-605, and Matt Zasowski of Kenmore, 692-658, before he ended the hopes of Justin Hart of Buffalo, 607-558.

In his first match of the night, Zasowski ended the run of Tour pro Joe Ciccone, 644-602.

After his loss to Angelo, Tycz triumphed over Mike Mallwitz of Grand Island, 630-575. Mallwitz had stayed in contention with wins over Glenn Hauptman of Cheektowaga (618-548) and Joe Burgio of Tonawanda (649-644).

Before losing to Mallwitz, Burgio had ousted former champion Mike Hanes, topping the veteran from Niagara Falls, 550-412.

Angelo is a three-time Masters champion. His last title came in 2003. He is a former PBA Tour Rookie of the Year and points leader.

Szczerbinski, a star at North Tonawanda High and Wichita State's national championship team, never has won the Obenauer but was the Pete Parisi Award winner as the top qualifier in 2011.

Jurek won the Obie in 1999 and is a two-time runner-up.