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TJ doesn't let the lane conditions sting; holds on for PBA Scorpion Championship
G-Force™ staff member Tommy Jones gave himself an early Christmas present by holding off the competition for his 18th career PBA Tour Title in the PBA Scorpion Championship, which aired as part of an ESPN double header on Christmas day. TJ defeated former staff member BJ Moore III 212-168 on what proved to be a demanding lane condition where staying out of trouble was the key. Jones and Moore found themselves in the title match after posting games of 212 and 224 respectively, edging out Jesper Svensson (194) and Brandon Novak (175) in the opening four player elimination match.
Tommy used K-Motion™ to great effect in relieving that tension from becoming an issue during the long 2 weeks that is the World Series of Bowling. “That (Scorpion) pattern is really tricky, especially when you’ve got four guys playing in a similar part of the lane,” Jones said. “You have to stay ahead of the moves, but if you get too far ahead, you go right by what’s happening to the condition. It’s one of the hardest patterns for me because I’m not very good at throwing the ball slow. It actually hurts the next day because I’m so tense from trying to slow down. It was hard throwing the ball slow during the week, but it was really hard on TV when you’ve got the adrenaline going. It’s something I’ve been working at and I’m getting better. We’ll call it mission accomplished.”
For Jones, it concluded a strong season which saw him win two titles (2016 PBA Jonesboro XF Open and Scorpion Championship) as well as earn the Xtra Frame $10,000 bonus after narrowly edging out runner-up and fellow G-Force™ staffers EJ Tackett and Ryan Ciminelli during the 9 event cumulative points race.