KRAHS, ‘X’ Strikers advance, NUSANTARA ousted
KUWAIT CITY, April 13: The Falcon International Cargo perceived “pleasure mixed with sadness” after they lost the game against the top rank UNIMONI Exchange while KRAHS and “X” Strikers advanced in the fifth week elimination round of the First Philippine Bowling Association in Kuwait – Kuwait Bowling Federation Cup 2019 Tenpin Bowling League in the newest bowling center, the Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club Complex at Salmiya. The six teams that registered victory were Asian Air Safari, KRAHS, Pin Pals, UNIMONI Exchange, Jordan Elite Bowlers and Swooping Eagles while “X” Strikers played bye.
The KRAHS team crushed the IncrediBowlers in their three-game series 962-849, 1,032-942, 873-790 (2,892-2,581). With an upset win, the pin crushers advance from fourth to second place while the defeat of the IncrediBowlers did not affect their present standing, still with nineteen pins difference from the cliff hanger. The sharp pin monsters registered four wins and one loss while the IncrediBowlers posted four losses and a bye game. Moises Amahan led his team with 556 points followed by Joel Tizon (517), Mar Evangelista (506), Sam Behbehani (447), Eddie Pena (297) and Rene Marzan (145) whereas for the impaired IncrediBowlers, Lito Michael finished with 515 points assisted by Melvin Alabado (445), Adolfo Prena (435) and Chat Sarne (300). Playing bye, “X” Strikers hauled 1,012, 937, 963 (2,937) and Bima Nitikusumo recorded his first career high game with 504 points, Cris Carungay added 495 points and Reygan Percy scored 422 points followed by Ceddie Faa (367), Abel Nitikusumo (328), Rocky Castil (184) and Joe Presenta (150). With their big points after the game, “X” Strikers moved up from seventh to fifth place.
Despite devastating defeat for three consecutive weeks, Falcon Int’l Cargo were fortunate to claw the last seat in the ‘Super 8’ standings. The cargo shippers won the first two games against the top ranked UNIMONI Exchange 944-884, 839-807 who played with a depleted line up. The ‘remittance kings’ came alive in the final game to escape the gritty opponents and remain unbeaten. Showing their winning style, the tandem of two prolific scorers, Sulaiman Al Shuabi who scored 263 points, so far the recorded individual highest game of the league and the late-comer Faisal Saleem who chipped in 214 points, outscored the Falcon Cargo 1,003-885. After the final tally UNIMONI surprised Falcon 2,719-2,668 and registered their fifth winning streak. The ‘remittance kings’ top grosser was Sulaiman (610) followed by Rashid Akeer Ali (481), Ahmad Fadhil Karam (458), Rudy de Lima (441) and Faisal Saleem (214). For the lucky Falcon, who rose from tenth position, the high pointer was Gener Calingasan (479), Jason Gamba (472), Mohammad Othman (461), Imelda Calingasan (443), Jess Tolentino (275), and Jhun Narvasa (156).
The Swooping Eagles edged the NUSANTARA after an emphatic showdown that influenced their fall-out from their respective realms due to low output 2,656-2,310. The victory of the Eagles became useless when they nosedived from fifth to seventh position while the Indonesian team were ousted from eighth to tenth place. On her maiden game, Myrah Manalo was the highest pointer with her 523 points assisted by Jessica Balagat (503), Cinton Cathers (407), Riz Roque (406), Benjie Roque (238) and Alonzo Bush (134). The absence of two classy Arab bowlers and below-average scores of the husband and wife tandem Gantosori, failed to solidify their hold and they lost the membership from the elite group. Tanjung scored 451 points while Erlisa contributed 422, Ahmad Fahmi Husen (392), Saleh Faraj (344) and Nuki Winuka (198). The Pin Pals snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2,603-2,364 win over Dragon Bowlers. With the win-lose results, both teams favored nobody but continuously sank to their respective cellar dwellings. The only importance of the rivalry was the announcement of Vasant Sharhan as bowler of the week when he spearheaded Pin Pals with his 522 points to the victory while Dragons top scorer was Valerio Lopez.
Finally, the Asian Air Safari return to their winning ways at the expense of the IBL Tigers (2,917-2,684) who continued to veer from second to fourth place due to two consecutive losses. Asian Air big pointer was Aqeel Al Farisy (582), supported by Farid Gabriel (547), Mohammad Karam (532), Fadhi Al Masri (501), Mohammad Abdullah (377) and Sonia Mathews (157) while the Tigers top scorer was Ulysses Manezes (525) followed by Fatima Sequiera (476), Rudolph Castelino (452), Nadine Dias (419) and Amam Agarwal (371). For three weeks the Jordan Elite Bowlers kept holding the third highest post after erasing the SKARZ team in their 3-game series (2,771-2,464) collision. Jordan’s highest scorer was Ali Arqoub (547), followed by Ali Hikmat (517), Yousef Waleed (481), Waleed Boloushi (438) and Basma Amar (405) while SKARZ top scorers were Melwin Isaac (476), Stephen Sequiera (448), Lionel Mendes (280), Kathy Fernandes (251), Ignatius Fernandes (238), Solomon Moras (236) and Fatima Fernandes (105).
Meanwhile, the Philippine Bowling Association in Kuwait’s Executive Board and members wishes to congratulate the Ladies Division winners: Champion – Myrah Nicole Manalo, First Runner-up – Sonia Mathews, Second Runner-Up – Nikshita Shelly and Third Runner-Up – Wassan Al Oun of the just concluded bowling tournament sponsored by the Kuwait Bowling Federation. Also to other lady bowlers who comprised the Top 8 – Altaf Karam, Neveen Wasel, Fatima Sequiera and Nadine Dias.
Fifth Round Results: 1. UNIMONI Exchange (14,215); 2. KRAHS (13,827); 3. Jordan Elite Bowlers (13,718); 4. IBL Tigers (13,702); 5. “X” Strikers (13,635); 6. Asian Air Safari (13,629); 7. Swooping Eagles (13,485); 8. Falcon Int’l Cargo (13,059); 9. IncrediBowlers (13,040); 10. NUSANTARA (12,923); 11. SKARZ (12,499); 12. Pin Pals (12,479) and 13. Dragon Bowlers (11,715).