GASTONIA, N.C. — No. 4 seed Belmont Abbey stormed out to a 3-0 lead over sixth-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday afternoon, but the Panthers rallied with four straight games to earn a hard-fought victory in the Conference Carolinas Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship.
The loss ended the Crusaders’ season in the quarterfinals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Abbey used a repeated runs of strikes to take the first three games.
- In the opening game, four straight strikes in frames four through seven to earn a 188-165 win.
- Five straight strikes starting in the third frame led to a 233-202 victory and a 2-0 lead.
- The margin increased to 3-0 with a 225-214 tally after the Crusaders had seven strikes and four spares.
- The Panthers stayed alive 177-165 in the fourth, then turned momentum with eight straight strikes in the fifth for a 252-200 tally.
- The sixth game came down to just three pins, 190-187 after a ninth frame that saw a BAC spare and KWU strike.
- In the finale, each team had four strikes and a spare in the first half, before The Abbey moved ahead with strikes to spares in the sixth and seventh. But an open in the eighth created just enough space for the Panthers to pounce and they held on for a 224-213 victory.
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