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Fiery Islanders brush aside World Class Keglers – Siete Pares 1 sneak past K2E2 Thunders

FTBK bowlers bidding farewell to founding member Elvie Sotio.

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 14: Unpredictable as they may be, the hot and cold pin busting of D’ Islanders was definitely fiery hot in their week 12 stint where they convincingly brushed aside the second running World Class Keglers at the on-going elimination round of the 2016-2017 2nd FTBK-Robinson’s Tenpin Bowling Team Tournament being held at the Cozmo Entertainment Center bowling lanes in Salmiya.

Joining D’ Islanders at the winner’s circle in this relatively low scoring round were Siete Pares 1, Cozmo Salmiya, Rock N Bowl and the pace setting DMDA Bowleros. Coming from a cold eleventh round losing stint at the hands of Cozmo Salmiya, D’ Islanders showed up for their match opposite the World Class Keglers looking like a well heated steam engine as the quartet of Marilyne Mariano, Rolly David, Edgar Pascua and Vernie Villaruel kicked off their campaign with a decisive 833-734 victory in game one of the 4-game series encounter.

But with D’ Islanders misfiring in game two, World Class even up matters as Bill Stiles, Jason Baker, Glenn Corbit and Carol Awadi shut down their rivals with an 823-723 win of their own. With World Class now ahead by a hairline margin 1,557-1,556 after two games, D’ Islanders fielded in their main man diminutive Aga Cuadrazal who responded by singlehandedly lifting his team to a decisive 838-749 and 859-685 victories in games three and four.

Final score of the match was 3,278-2,991 in favor of D’ Islanders who with the victory also pocketed the weekly high series award.

Meanwhile, the tournament defending champion Siete Pares 1 who is still way below the Top 6 boosted their chances of coming back in the championship round for a shot at back to back titles as they sneaked past the K2E2 Thunders 3,184-3,115. At the onset of the match, Siete Pares 1 took the upper hand through a 768-736 victory in the opening game. Led by hit man Edwin Latoja and Jess Farne with able back up scoring from Butch Alinea and Lee Mills, K2E2 grabbed the lead 1,589-1,504 by clobbering their rivals in game two.

Knowing that their title retention bid is in jeopardy, Faie Reyel, Egay Cabildo, Jazel Pangilinan and Jojit Dador combined their pin busting skills in the next two games to dish out 822-749 and 833-777 victories.

The low scoring weekend also saw Cozmo Salmiya keep their spot in the elite 6 after nipping Rock N Bowl in a thrilling finish 3,093-3,067. The exciting match rolled off with Rock N Bowl snatching a modest 753-701 win in game one. Cozmo Salmiya then tied the count 1,514-1,514 through an 813-761 victory in the next game and then returned in game three where they took the lead via an 823-788 success.

In the final game, Rock N Bowl once again dominated the lanes but their 765-731 win failed to give the 25 bonus points at stake as Cozmo escaped with a 3,068-3,067 edge after four games. Bowling for Cozmo in this match were Ronnel Valencia, Paul Arcayan, Chris Batucan, Arnold Mendoza and Bert Pantanilla while suiting up for Rock N Bowl in this match were Romy Fermil, Norie Sairat, Liza Catapia, Rod Llait and Tariq Sairat.

Moving on the two remaining matches of the week, Strikers X led by the high scoring Mousa Abdullah and ably supported by JR Sabado, Jowie Concepcion, Vicky Navarro, Fredy Marzo, Ronald Ferolino and Benny Chan defeated Siete Pares 2 via 3,066-2,963 count. In the only other pairing of the week, tournament front runner DMDA Bowleros headed by Elvie Sotio, Tito Tamayo, Jun Guerra, Chit Mariano, Alfred Avila and Sonny Mariano came back from a game one deficit to beat the pump masters of NLB Corporation 3,087-2,933.

For the Individual and Team High scores the current record holders are as follows: Individual High Game Men Group 1 — Aga Cuadrazal 279, Men Group 2 — Anastasius Menezes 244, Ladies Division — Liza Catapia 233; High Average Men Group 1 — Mousa Abdullah 209, Men Group 2 — Anastasius Menezes 184, Ladies Division — Elvie Sotio 186; Team High Game — K2E2 874 and Team High Series — NLB Corporation 3,347.

The team standings after twelve weeks are as follows (read as rank, team name and total score); 1. DMDA Bowleros — 38,038, 2. World Class — 37,773, 3. D’ Islanders — 37,552, 4. Rock N Bowl — 37,336, 5. Cozmo Salmiya — 37,324, 6. K2E2 Thunders — 37,209, 7. Siete Pares 2 — 36,998, 8. Siete Pares 1 — 36,948, 9. Strikers X — 36,897, 10. NLB Corporation — 36,558.

By Miguel Carlos – Special to the Arab Times

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