WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – At the sixth regular-season PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the homestand for the Carolina Cowboys, the Oklahoma Freedom won, going a perfect 3-0 in game play and earning 7 Bonus Round points.
The Oklahoma Freedom began PBR Cowboy Days with a bang, knocking off the Nashville Stampede 261-0 compliments of a lead-off 90-point ride from third-round draft pick Chase Outlaw.
In just his second event, Outlaw faced a familiar opponent in Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb). Having met five times prior, Outlaw entered the slugfest with a perfect record, marked 90 points or more in each out. Keeping the streak alive, Outlaw logged just the fifth 90-point ride in PBR Team Series history, dominating the powerful animal athlete for 90.25 points. The score is tied for third-best in the league and ties the Freedom with the Carolina Cowboys for most 90-point scores by one team, each with two.
The Oklahoma Freedom remained red-hot as competition continued Saturday, upsetting the Austin Gamblers 86.75-83.25.
Keen to remain perfect in game play with their inaugural homestand just days away, the Freedom faced the Kansas City Outlaws on Championship Sunday. A key game, both teams entered the showdown with a 2-0 record at PBR Cowboy Days.
Backed by crucial scores from Briggs Madsen and Captain Eli Vastbinder, the Freedom defeated the Outlaws by one ride score, 170.75-87 to improved to a perfect 3-0 at PBR Cowboy Days.
As the only team to be flawless in game play, the Freedom advanced to the Bonus Round having already won their first PBR Team Series event.
Still seeking crucial Bonus points, Head Coach Cord McCoy tasked Derek Kolbaba with Jeremiah (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC). In a decision which proved dividends, Kolbaba conquered the powerful animal athlete for 88.5 points. As the second-best score of the Bonus Round, the Freedom concluded the event with 7 Bonus points, in addition to being named the PBR Cowboy Days Champions.
The Oklahoma Freedom rose to now No. 5 in the regular season standings, having gone 8-8 in game play, amassing 22 Bonus Round points. They are two games behind the league No. 1 Carolina Cowboys.
PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Team Series action from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and launch of the new league, tune in to PBR Team Series: Getting the Job Done, presented by ZipRecruiter, Thursdays on PBR RidePass on Pluto TV at 8:30 p.m. ET. Check https://pluto.tv/en/live-tv/pbr-ridepass for the latest programming schedule.
The PBR Team Series will next travel to Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the fifth team-hosted homestand as the Oklahoma Freedom welcome the league for PBR Freedom Fest. The event will be on Friday, September 16 at 7:45 p.m. CT, Saturday, September 17 at 6:45 p.m. CT and Sunday, September 18 at 1:45 p.m. CT.
During the opening night of their hometown debut in Oklahoma, the Freedom will play the Austin Gamblers.
WINSTON-SALEM TEAM STANDINGS:
Here are the final Team standings for the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, PBR Team Series event:
- Oklahoma Freedom, 3-0-0-7
- Carolina Cowboys, 2-1-0-8
- Kansas City Outlaws, 2-1-0-3
- Texas Rattlers, 1-2-0-6
- Missouri Thunder, 1-2-0-5
- Austin Gamblers, 1-2-0-4
- Nashville Stampede, 1-2-0-2
- Arizona Ridge Riders, 1-2-0-1
PBR TEAM SERIES SEASON STANDINGS:
Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the conclusion of competition for PBR Cowboy Days in Winston-Salem, North Carolina:
- Carolina Cowboys, 10-6-0-46
- Austin Gamblers, 10-6-0-36.5
- Arizona Ridge Riders, 10-6-0-19
- Missouri Thunder, 8-8-0-27
- Oklahoma Freedom, 8-8-0-22
- Kansas City Outlaws, 7-9-0-20.5
- Texas Rattlers, 5-11-0-25
- Nashville Stampede, 4-12-0-20