By: Heather Croze
January 24, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY – J.B. Mauney, the reigning two-time PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion may not have produced a qualified ride during Round 1 of the Express Employment Professionals Invitational presented locally by Sonic on Friday night, but he made amends by recording an 8-second ride in Round 2 on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, which was the winning performance of the round.
Mauney’s 87.75-point ride on Hou’s Back (Western Star/TM Cattle Co.), a bull he’s faced two other times in his career, was the last ride of the night and edged Robson Palermo from the top spot on the round’s leaderboard. Mauney earned 100 world standings points for the round win.
Palermo held the lead in the round through 21 rides as he notched 87.5 points aboard Uncle Tink (Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team), but ended the round in second place, earning 60 world standings points for his finish.
Rookie sensation Derek Kolbaba finished third with an 86-point ride, covering Little Z (Martinez Bucking Bulls/Ronnie Chism). For the performance he earned 50 world standings points.
Kolbaba was followed by Fabiano Vieira and Douglas Duncan, who tied for fourth place to pick up 35 world standings points each. Vieira recorded his second ride of the three-day Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event by lasting 8 seconds on Shilo (Dan & Koben Puckett/Owen & Belinda Puckett) for 85.75 points. Duncan picked up his first ride of the weekend when he received 85.75 points on his re-ride bull, Yoga (Currey Creek Bucking Bulls & Cattle Co.).
Wallace de Oliveira notched his first qualified ride since taking the victory in Chicago two weekends ago. He scored 85 points on Big Benny (Curtis Mendell) and added 15 points to his PBR world standings total with his sixth-place finish.
Joao Ricardo Vieira finished seventh and picked up five world standings points for his 84.5-point ride on Walter Pepper (Currey Creek Bucking Bulls & Cattle Co.).
Round 3 of the Express Employment Professionals Invitational will begin at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday followed by the Built Ford Tough Championship Round featuring the Top 15 bull riders after three rounds of competition going for the event title.
CBS Sports Network, the home of the PBR, will broadcast Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes, or online at www.pbr.com/live.
The Express Employment Professionals Invitational is the third event on the 2016 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season consists of 26 stops, with the Top 35 bull riders in the world traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, California, Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and more. It will climax with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus. For complete schedule information, fans can visit www.PBR.com.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
Professional Bull Riders
Express Employment Professionals Invitational
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Mike Lee, 86.5-0-86.50-100 Points.
(tie). J.B. Mauney, 0-87.75-87.75-100 Points.
3. Robson Palermo, 83.75-87.5-171.25-60 Points.
(tie). Kaique Pacheco, 86.25-77.5-163.75-60 Points.
5. Derek Kolbaba, 0-86-86.00-50 Points.
6. Aaron Roy, 86-0-86.00-45 Points.
(tie). Fabiano Vieira, 85.5-85.75-171.25-45 Points.
(tie). Stetson Lawrence, 86-0-86.00-45 Points.
9. Douglas Duncan, 0-85.75-85.75-35 Points.
10. Cody Nance, 85.75-0-85.75-30 Points.
11. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-85-85.00-15 Points.
12. Markus Mariluch, 85.5-0-85.0-10 Points.
13. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 68.75-84.5-153.25-5 Points.
14. Brady Sims, 85-84.25-169.25
15. Mason Lowe, 82-84-166.00
16. Valdiron de Oliveira, 84.75-0-84.75
17. Cooper Davis, 84.5-0-84.50
18. Gage Gay, 0-84.25-84.25
19. Ben Jones, 83.25-0-83.25
(tie). Emilio Resende, 83.25-0-83.25
(tie). Guilherme Marchi, 0-83.25-83.25
22. Claudio Crisostomo, 0-83-83.00
23. Silvano Alves, 78.25-0-78.25
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0.00
Justin Paton, 0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0.00
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0.00
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0.00
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