The first night is in the books and what a night it was. Thirteen riders covered their bulls….
I believe the story to follow the rest of the week will be Sivano Alves’ decision to to take a re-ride on night number one of the PBR World Finals. J.B. Mauney was just 538 points behind him in the world title race before the start Wednesday night. As he watched J.B. ride for a second place score of 88.75 he knew he had to ride to maintain his lead atop the season leader board on his way to a history making 3-time back-to-back world title.
Alves did ride his bull and was the last to ride to a score of 73.75 with an option for a re-ride. Everyone inside the Thomas & mack knew this was a big moment and the decision for the Brazilian cowboy as he contemplated his decision. Alves shocked everyone by declining his re-ride since his low score did not earn him any points and moved J.B. within 173.50 or the world number one position.
So the question of the day if not the week will be is that decision so early in the World Finals going to haunt this cowboy or was it a calculated move to secure a chance to ride all six of his bulls to gain yet another title and keep the Brazilian dominance going strong through the PBR BFTS? I personally think it was a bad decision so early in the week and will haunt him as J.B. is as hot as he has every been coming into the 2013 PBR World Finals. Only time will tell once the last bull is rode Sunday afternoon to see who will gain the notoriety of being named the best bull rider in the world!
From the PBR:
During an opening round which saw Tennessean Cody Nance win with 89 points on Roy (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) – the half-brother to Bushwacker – it’s the race between J.B. Mauney and Silvano Alves that had everyone’s attention during Round 1 of the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Mauney’s second place finish in Round 1 brings the point spread between him and reigning two-time World Champion Silvano Alves to only 173.50 points.
Mauney rode Train Robber (George Goins/Mike White) for 88.75 points and received an additional 350 event points for the second place finish, receiving a total of 438.75 points on the night.
Alves fought his way to the 8-second whistle aboard All Shook Up (Winston Loe/Melton Bull Co.) for 73.75 points, receiving a re-ride option which he declined. His score was only good enough for 13th place which did not provide him with any additional event points, allowing Mauney to inch even closer.
With only 13 men making the whistle, Alves’ decision to decline a re-ride and try for a higher score and placement may affect the championship race.
By deciding to decline a chance to better his score, Alves is at a disadvantage going forward this week. He and Mauney are now separated by 11 places in the average that’s worth 2,500 points to the winner. In the event both riders finish the season finale a perfect 6-for-6, Alves will now have at least 10 spots to make up in the average in the next five rounds.
“After all the talk and the questions and everything I just tried to keep it simple, have fun,” Mauney said after watching Alves.
“When asked about Alves’ decision to turn down a re-ride, he replied, “I didn’t know with being here, but, well, the way he’s went about things it’s worked two years in a row.”
“No, I’m not worried,” he said. “I’m going to go at it each night and let it all hang out and give it everything I have. That’s all I can do. The rest will take care of itself.
Wednesday night the ABBI Classic bulls clearly won the battle.
The top riders only accounted for seven qualified rides in the first 29 outs going into the intermission before six of the Top 10 riders in the world standings finished off the opening round with a flurry of qualified rides.
Round 2 of the PBR World Finals takes place Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. CBS Sports Network will carry the event live at 9 p.m. ET.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Finals
Las Vegas, NV, 2013
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Points)…
1. Cody Nance, 89-89.00 points.
2. J. B. Mauney, 88.75-88.75 points.
3. Guilherme Marchi, 87.5-87.50 points.
4. Renato Nunes, 87.25-87.25 points.
5. Markus Mariluch, 87-87.00 points.
6. Eduardo Aparecido, 86.75-86.75 points.
7. Ryan Dirteater, 86.25-86.25 points.
8. L.J. Jenkins, 86-86.00 points.
9. Ty Pozzobon, 85.5-85.50 points.
10. Claudio Crisostomo, 83.25-83.25 points.
11. Shane Proctor, 81.25-81.25 points.
12. Matt Triplett, 80.25-80.25 points.
13. Silvano Alves, 73.75-73.75 points.
Alex Aparecido Marcilio, 0-0.00 points.
Austin Meier, 0-0.00 points.
Ben Jones, 0-0.00 points.
Billy Robinson, 0-0.00 points.
Brant Atwood, 0-0.00 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-0.00 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0.00 points.
Chris Lowe, 0-0.00 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0.00 points.
Edevaldo Ferreira, 0-0.00 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-0.00 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0.00 points.
Gustavo Pedrero, 0-0.00 points.
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0.00 points.
Jordan Hupp, 0-0.00 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-0.00 points.
Kody Lostroh, 0-0.00 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0.00 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-0.00 points.
Marco Eguchi, 0-0.00 points.
Mike Lee, 0-0.00 points.
Nathan Schaper, 0-0.00 points.
Sean Willingham, 0-0.00 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-0.00 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0.00 points.
Zane Lambert, 0-0.00 points.