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Jose Vitor Leme wins Round 2 at PBR Sioux Falls; all 15 tossed in Bucking Battle

Jose Vitor Leme earned $8,000 and 85 world points with his Friday win at the PBR World Finals. (Photo courtesy PBR)

(PBR release)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In front of a capacity crowd at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Saturday night, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) won Round 2 of the First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational.

Leme’s 90.25 points on Medicine Man (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co) brought the Sioux Falls crowd to its feet. The victory is his sixth round win of the season. For the win, Leme gained 100 world points and a $3,580 paycheck to move from No. 4 in the world standings to No. 3.

2012 PRCA World Champion Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) and Scottie Knapp (Edgewood, New Mexico) tied for a second-place finish in South Dakota’s Round 2, each collecting 88-point ride scores and earning 55 world points. Teel held on strong to his No. 8 spot in the world standings after he rode Big City (Plummer/ Hart Cattle Co), while Knapp recorded his qualified ride on Scarface (Paradigm Bull Company) to move from No. 27 to No. 25 in the world. Both cowboys collected a $2,375 paycheck for their efforts.

The Cherokee Kid, Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) held onto his No. 6 spot in the world standings with a fourth-place finish. Dirteater turned in an 87-point ride aboard Blue Stone (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/ Clay Struve) to earn 40 world points along with $1,300.

Rounding out the Top 5 in Saturday’s Round 2 was Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Springs, Utah) with an 86.5-point trip aboard Lethal Larry (Phenom Genetics/Maher/Sankey Pro Rodeo). Whitehorse gained 30 world points and pocketed $850. The finish moved him up in the world standings from the No. 37 spot to No. 28.

Later in the evening the top bovine athletes dominated the 15/15 special round of competition. Despite a few rides that came close to the whistle none of the cowboys recorded a qualified ride in the fourth Bucking Battle of the 2019 season.

The world’s best bull riders will return the Denny Sanford PREMIER for Championship Sunday, April 7 for Round 3 and the championship round of the First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational.

Fans can catch all the action from the 15/15 Bucking Battle on CBS at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7. Round 3 and the Championship Round can be watched on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET.

First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational 15/15
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Event Leaders (Round 1 – Event Aggregate Event Points)
Silvano Alves, 0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0.00
Colten Jesse, 0-0.00
Chase Outlaw, 0-0.00
Jose Vitor Leme, 0-0.00
João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0.00
Luciano De Castro, 0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0.00
Cody Teel, 0-0.00
Lucas Divino, 0-0.00
Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0.00
Cannon Cravens, 0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0.00
Joe Frost, 0-0.00
Alisson De Souza, 0-0.00

First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Jose Vitor Leme, 0-90.25-0-0-90.25-100 Points.
(tie). Cooper Davis, 88-0-0-0-88.00-100 Points.
3. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 87.5-86.5-0-0-174.00-90 Points.
4. Scottie Knapp, 84.25-88-0-0-172.25-70 Points.
5. Cody Teel, 0-88-0-0-88.00-55 Points.
6. Mason Taylor, 86.25-85-0-0-171.25-52.5 Points.
7. Ryan Dirteater, 82.75-87-0-0-169.75-42.5 Points.
8. Luciano De Castro, 85-0-0-0-85.00-35 Points.
(tie). Matt Triplett, 85-0-0-0-85.00-35 Points.
10. Taylor Toves, 0-85.25-0-0-85.25-15 Points.
11. Dakota Buttar, 82.75-85-0-0-167.75-5 Points.
12. Chase Outlaw, 78.25-0-0-0-78.25
João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Lucas Divino, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cannon Cravens, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Joe Frost, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Alisson De Souza, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0.00
Colten Jesse, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Marco Antônio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Daniel Tinsman, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Junio Quaresima, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ruger Piva, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Dylan Smith, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Marcus Mast, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0-0.00

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