Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 | 10:58 a.m.
For the third time in three nights at the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, the lead riders changed yet again atop the world standings going into today’s final and championship rounds.
J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., took a commanding 471-point lead over Silvano Alves on Saturday night at our Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV with a 90.75-point effort on Breakdown to win the fourth round of the World Finals, and it had the capacity crowd on its feet cheering, shrieking and applauding.
At age 26, J.B. is now the only rider among the Top 35 competing that has ridden all four bulls with today’s two more rounds remaining in the 2013 season. Our contributing photographer Tom Donoghue said: “It clearly has become a battle for the ages among the Top Two riders.”
“I’m not looking at it,” said J.B. about the world standings and the event average. “I’m going to show up here Sunday like I have every day since day one. I have one thing on my mind, and that’s ‘one bull at a time.’ ”
Defending two-time World Champion Silvano arrived in Las Vegas with the same intention, but it hasn’t worked out well so far. His goal was to ride all six bulls, but he was called for a slap at 6.99 seconds in the final out of the night after making several huge corrections to stay on True Blood (Prescott/Walgren/Schultz).
So now after the nightly back-and-forth between the two competitors, J.B sits comfortably atop the average, Silvano fell back to eighth and will need nothing short of J.B. to be less than perfect in today’s final day. The neck-and-neck contest has proved to be one of the most memorable seasons in the 20-year history of PBR.
When J.B. took the lead the first time on Thursday, he said that it didn’t matter where Silvano or he were during the week and that Sunday is the only one that really matters after the sixth and final round. He now goes into the final day of a 10-month-long season as the No. 1 ranked rider in the world. Only seven riders made the whistle in a round that featured the top ABBI Classic bulls.
The angriest, fiercest and meanest of the World Champion Bull contenders, including Bushwacker and Asteroid, await the Top 15 riders in the average for the final Championship Round. Unlike regular-season events, this final round will be a random matchup in which the bulls are pre-drawn into a 1-15 order.
The fifth round followed by the championship round and winner presentations start on CBS Sports at 11:30 a.m. PT.
The 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals event leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Total Points): 1) J. B. Mauney, 88.75-93.75-89-90.75-362.25 points; 2) L.J. Jenkins, 86-89.75-88.5-0-264.25 points; 3) Claudio Crisostomo, 83.25-0-87-89.75-260 points; 4) Cody Nance, 89-0-86.5-82.25-257.75 points; 5) Matt Triplett, 80.25-0-88.75-88.25-257.25 points; 6) Guilherme Marchi, 87.5-86.25-83-0-256.75 points; 7) Eduardo Aparecido, 86.75-0-80.75-87.75-255.25 points; and 8) Silvano Alves, 73.75-89.5-89.5-0-252.75 points.
And the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough season standings (Events, Wins, Top 5 finishes, Points, Earnings): 1) J.B. Mauney, 26, 5, 11, 12, 211.500, $505,210.75; 2) Silvano Alves, 27, 3, 11, 11,740.500, $430,650.80; 3) Joao Ricardo Vieira, 22, 3, 5, 9,189.730, $406,335.11; 4) Guilherme Marchi, 27, 2, 5, 8,546.320, $180,287.70; and 5) Marco Eguchi, 26, 2, 8, 8,233.550, $207,329.30.
Our thanks to Denise Abbott of PBR for her contribution to our daily report.
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