Bushwacker halts Mauney's opportunity

Bushwacker bucks off J.B. Mauney in the 11th meeting between the two all time. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com.

Highlights

  • J.B. Mauney failed to gain ground on Silvano Alves in the world standings after Bushwacker bucked off the 26-year-old in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
  • Bushwacker was named the Pabst Blue Ribbon high-marked bull for the Battle at the Beau on Saturday night.
  • Mike Lee won the event with 262 points, including a 90.25-point effort on Meat Hook in the championship round.

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BILOXI, Miss. ― Between now and the end of the World Finals, in late October, it's about taking advantage of opportunities for J.B. Mauney ― every opportunity.

Converting qualified rides is of the utmost importance for Mauney, even when that opportunity is a matchup with Bushwacker at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday night.

After letting an easier one escape him in Round 2 when he bucked off Ropin Dreams in 1.95 seconds, Mauney took Bushwacker with the ninth pick in the bull draft of the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

He'd ridden the World Champion Bull five weeks ago in Tulsa, Okla., but in their 11th career pairing, and third time since the Built Ford Tough Series resumed in August, it was once again Bushwacker getting the better end of the fight. He bucked him off in 2.88 seconds, leaving Mauney ninth in the average in Biloxi, and, more importantly, limited the 26-year-old to an 82.25-point gain on two-time defending World Champion Silvano Alves.

Bushwacker was named the Pabst Blue Ribbon high-marked bull of the event with 46.75 points.

Alves still leads Mauney by slightly more than 2,400 points in the world standings.

Mauney, who was slammed hard off the dirt and was being examined by the sports medicine staff for a possible concussion after complaining of a headache, was unavailable for a post-event interview.

With only three Built Ford Tough Series events remaining on the road to Las Vegas, Mauney and his late-season surge is running out of those opportunities when Alves, who has covered 55.41 percent of his bulls this season compared to Mauney's 44.93 percent, fails to make the whistle.

One of those rare occasions came in Round 2 of the Battle at the Beau when Alves bucked off Little Darkness.

Alves was eighth in the average, at that point, but with two-thirds of the round remaining he had little chance of making the final round. The door was open for Mauney, but a mistake in the chute cost him an all-important opportunity to make up a full score.

"He just left the chute a little faster than the bull did," PBR Livestock Director Cody Lambert said, "and it raised him up before the bull started bucking."

Lambert explained that Mauney had his free arm out front too far and his body wasn't square with the bull's shoulder.

Mike Lee won the event with an impressive 90.25-point effort on Meat Hook to win his first BFTS event since a regular-season ending win in Columbus, Ohio, last year.

Valdiron de Oliveira covered Showboat for 87.75 points to finish in second place. Lachlan Richardson, who rode two of three bulls for the first time since Tampa, Fl., in September of last year, was next in line and was followed by Luke Snyder and L.J. Jenkins.

In Round 2, Marco Eguchi, another rider battling among the Top 5 contenders, rode Slapshot for 86.25 points to push Mauney from eighth to ninth in the overall average. Eguchi and Mauney, who had his sights set on Bushwacker, were the lone two riders from the Top 5 who qualified for the final round.

Mauney, Joao Ricardo Vieira, Eguchi and Eduardo Aparecido round out the Top 5 in the world standings behind Alves.

The Brazilian is coming off a historic year after becoming the first rider in the 20-year history of the PBR to win back-to-back world titles last year.

There are only 10 regular-season rounds, six more at the World Finals and a number of bonus bulls between Alves and a once unthinkable third consecutive World Championship.

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Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Battle at the Beau
Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Miss. 
Final Results (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Total Points, Money Earned) ... 

1. Mike Lee, 85.25-86.5-90.25-262.00 points, $39,800.00
2. Valdiron de Oliveira, 85.75-86.25-87.75-259.75 points, $20,450.00
3. Lachlan Richardson, 86.25-87-0-173.25 points, $14,730.00
4. Luke Snyder, 85.75-81.25-0-167.00 points, $6,845.00
5. L.J. Jenkins, 81-85.75-0-166.75 points, $4,500.00
6. Emilio Resende, 88.5-0-0-88.50 points, $6,480.00
7. Douglas Duncan, 0-86.5-0-86.50 points, $4,775.00
8. Marco Eguchi, 0-86.25-0-86.25 points, $2,975.00
9. J. B. Mauney, 86-0-0-86.00 points, $3,400.00
10/11. Brendon Clark, 0-85.25-0-85.25 points, $1,100.00
10/11. Edevaldo Ferreira, 85.25-0-0-85.25 points, $1,175.00
12. Silvano Alves, 83.5-0-0-83.50 points, $770.00
13/14. Billy Robinson, 83.25-0-0-83.25 points, $400.00
13/14. Claudio Crisostomo, 83.25-0-0-83.25 points, $400.00
15. Jory Markiss, 82.75-0-0-82.75 points, $400.00
16. Eduardo Aparecido, 80.25-0-0-80.25 points, $400.00
Agnaldo Cardozo, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Austin Meier, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Ben Jones, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Brant Atwood, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Brenton Chaffin, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Clayton Baethge, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Jared Farley, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
John Jacobs, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Jordan Hupp, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Kody Lostroh, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Renato Nunes, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00

2013 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Season Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings) 

1. Silvano Alves, 23, 3, 10, 10,214.750, $400,925.80
2. J. B.  Mauney, 22, 2, 8, 7,860.000, $314,867.42
3. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 18, 3, 4, 7,507.480, $248,225.11
4. Marco Eguchi, 22, 2, 7, 7,370.800, $188,455.97
5. Eduardo Aparecido Silva, 19, 0, 7, 6,568.150, $81,873.48
6. Guilherme Marchi, 23, 2, 4, 6,568.070, $139,812.70
7. Cody Nance, 23, 1, 4, 6,480.790, $165,280.85
8. Mike Lee, 23, 1, 2, 6,465.620, $172,895.85
9. Shane Proctor, 20, 2, 6, 6,160.500, $192,521.03
10. Chase Outlaw, 22, 0, 1, 5,863.500, $126,523.79
11. Jory Markiss, 23, 0, 3, 5,398.500, $119,322.84
12. L.J. Jenkins, 20, 0, 7, 5,076.540, $106,798.67
13. Fabiano Vieira, 14, 2, 3, 5,033.760, $123,474.21
14. Emilio Rezende, 22, 0, 3, 4,762.890, $68,820.83
15. Kody Lostroh, 19, 0, 4, 4,664.680, $118,691.83
16. Douglas Duncan, 23, 0, 2, 4,644.930, $85,299.74
17. Jordan Hupp, 22, 0, 0, 4,487.250, $77,269.61
18. Aaron Roy, 17, 0, 4, 4,423.250, $86,618.34
19. Luke Snyder, 23, 0, 3, 4,246.000, $91,158.82
20. Billy Robinson, 20, 1, 2, 4,044.620, $79,158.36
21. Nathan Schapper, 20, 0, 2, 3,956.660, $51,967.22
22. Valdiron de Oliveira, 15, 0, 4, 3,817.000, $77,167.10
23. Brendon Clark, 22, 0, 3, 3,781.500, $60,826.32
24. Renato Nunes, 21, 0, 3, 3,702.500, $76,211.13
25. Ty Pozzobon, 18, 0, 3, 3,653.500, $96,874.46
26. Sean Willingham, 19, 1, 2, 3,575.620, $79,826.66
27. Edevaldo Ferreira da Silva, 15, 0, 0, 3,499.020, $551,646.45
28. Ben Jones, 21, 0, 2, 3,351.750, $49,665.11
29. Brant Atwood, 17, 0, 1, 3,049.700, $52,293.54
30. Cláudio Crisóstomo, 2, 1, 1, 2,962.460, $64,859.54
31. Stormy Wing, 16, 0, 1, 2,883.250, $57,170.31
32. Lachlan Richardson, 21, 0, 1, 2,666.750, $56,693.51
33. Agnaldo Cardozo, 18, 0, 1, 2,494.750, $54,667.83
34. Austin Meier, 19, 1, 1, 2,360.870, $94,602.84
35. Ryan Dirteater, 13, 0, 0, 2,304.620, $32,601.14
36. Jared Farley, 15, 0, 0, 2,206.000, $59,430.86
37. Zac Peterson, 2, 0, 0, 2,082.000, $39,017.92
38. Zane Lambert, 2, 0, 0, 2,057.750, $46,018.78
39. Stetson Lawrence, 7, 0, 0, 2,023.750, $42,069.24
40. Matt Triplett, 5, 0, 0, 2,002.680, $35,552.51
41. Kasey Hayes, 6, 0, 0, 1,928.450, $42,151.88
42. Reese Cates, 11, 0, 1, 1,863.120, $32,106.37
43. Markus Mariluch, 5, 0, 0, 1,854.120, $36,396.09
44. Robson Palermo, 6, 1, 1, 1,847.500, $43,835.00
45. Kaique Pacheco, 0, 0, 0, 1,795.620, $32,765.64

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