#InCaseYouMissedIt: First Three Playoff Teams Decided in Monster Energy Team Challenge

By: Darci Miller

The second weekend of action at the PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge, presented by U.S. Border Patrol, was just as rank as the first. With no fans in the arena and strict safety guidelines in place, Team Cooper Tires just kept on rolling, Team Can-Am walked it off and the Built Ford Tough MVP race turned into the Jose Vitor Leme show. Miss a moment of the action this weekend? Here’s what happened around the PBR.

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When the dust settled at the Pendleton Whisky Let ‘Er Buck Saloon at the South Point Arena, Team Cooper Tires, Team Las Vegas and Team Can-Am were the last teams standing and will advance to Championship Weekend in Sioux Falls.

TEAM COOPER TIRES def. TEAM LAS VEGAS, 259.25-84.5: In a game between two undefeated teams, Cooper Tires rolled to another easy victory, taking firm control of the No. 1 spot in the division while Jose Vitor Leme improved to 7-for-8.

TEAM COOPER TIRES def. TEAM WRANGLER, 173-170.25: The Cooper Tires romp to the playoffs nearly ran into its first roadblock in the form of Team Wrangler, but Keyshawn Whitehorse made the 8-second whistle to give his squad its fifth win.

TEAM COOPER TIRES def. TEAM LAS VEGAS, 259-0: Leme may be the superhero, going 9-for-12 across two weekends of competition, but Whitehorse and Stetson Lawrence made significant contributions to put Cooper Tires’ sixth win in the books.

TEAM CAN-AM def. TEAM UNION HOME MORTGAGE, 173.25-0: While captained by 37-year-old Fabiano Vieira, Team Can-Am was led to victory against Union Home Mortgage by young guns Rafael dos Santos and Mauricio Moreira.

TEAM CAN-AM def. TEAM UNION HOME MORTGAGE, 173.50-172.75: Team Can-Am’s playoff hopes came down to the final bull in the final game of Division A play. Moreira rode Skitso for 85.5 points to give his team a narrow walk-off victory – and a spot in Sioux Falls.

TEAM LAS VEGAS def. TEAM CAN-AM, 172.25-89.25: Team Las Vegas may have suffered its first two losses of the METC challenge on the second weekend of competition, but it clinched itself a playoff berth and the No. 2 position in Division A by defeating Team Can-Am.

TEAM UNION HOME MORTGAGE def. TEAM YETI, 88-87.5: Mason Taylor put Team Union Home Mortgage on his back with his 88-point ride on Dynamite Cap, surviving Jordan Spears’s 87.5-point score on YETI’s final attempt to keep UHM’s playoff hopes alive.

TEAM WRANGLER def. TEAM YETI, 259.5-254.25: It took Team Wrangler a long time to get its first win, and it didn’t come easy. Wrangler and YETI slugged it out until Wrangler captain Colten Jesse made the 8-second whistle for a walk-off victory.

TEAM WRANGLER def. TEAM YETI, 176.25-88.25: On the back of its two wins and high aggregate score, Team Wrangler concluded play No. 4 in Division A after notching a win in its final game.

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Looking ahead

The Monster Energy Team Challenge continues with the first weekend of Division B action from Las Vegas. Tune in on June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and RidePass, June 20 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and RidePass, June 21 at 12 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and RidePass, and June 21 at 2 p.m. ET on CBS for the Game of the Week.

The Monster Energy Team Challenge will conclude with Championship Weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on July 11-12 in front of fans.

Stay tuned to for the latest information and updates on where to catch the action in the coming weeks.

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