First Round WPBL Playoffs: Dice Win Over The Aces

The fourth match of the World Professional League’s Playoffs pitted the Philadelphia Aces against the Las Vegas Dice.  The match took place at the WPBL Arena in Las Vegas, NV Friday February 8, 2014. 
For the fourth straight day, the lower seeded team ousted the higher seed from the playoffs. The Dice won a 28-7 shoot-out in the final game of the match to defeat the Aces 8-6.  The Dice rallied to score the final 3 match points after blowing a 5-1 lead at intermission.
Charlie Williams, John Schmidt, and Max Eberle opened the match with a 30-18 win over the Aces to jump out to a 2-0 lead. After the two teams traded shoot-out points in the next two doubles games, Williams and Eberle soundly defeated Darren Appleton and Brandon Shuff 30-6 to take a commanding 5-1 lead at half-time.
However, Philadelphia would score the next 5 match points in singles play, thanks in part to Appleton shutting out Williams 30-0.  Stevie Moore handled Schmidt 30-16 to put Philadelphia ahead 6-5, heading into a thrilling last game of singles between Shuff and Eberle.  Eberle was victorious in that contest, sinking the game winning ball on the final shot of regulation for a 30-27 win, lifting the Dice to a 7-6 lead.
In the night’s final team game won in a shoot-out, Moore missed a difficult cut shot to a corner pocket ending the game and giving the win to the Dice.  Las Vegas next faces Earl Strickland's #1 seeded team the New York Pride Monday at 6:30 PST.
Sunday, the second round of the WPBL playoffs begin with a double-header. The first of the day’s matches has Johnny Archer’s Atlanta Scorpions facing Scott Frost’s Phoenix Fire at 1 pm PST, while Shawn Putnam’s Pittsburgh Poison take on Rodney Morris’ Chicago Rockets at 6:30.
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