KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: In dire need of a performance that will put them back into the elite 6, the K2E2 Thunders rose to the occasion in style as they achieved the feat by snapping the 10-match winning streak of the DMDA Bowleros in their scheduled elimination round week eleven encounter at the on-going 2016-2017 2nd FTBK-Robinson’s Tenpin Bowling Team Tournament being held at the Cozmo Entertainment Center bowling lanes in Salmiya.
Heading the list of other week eleven winners was Rock N Bowl who bounced back from a mediocre week 10 outing by posting the best team output of the week while also rolling past their respective rivals were World Class Siete Pares 1 and Cozmo Salmiya.
In seventh place prior to their match against tournament front runner and still unbeaten DMDA Bowleros, the roller coaster form of K2E2 Thunders was at its peak early in the match.
Bannered by the foursome of Edwin Latoja, Jess Farne, Lee Mills and Kim Alinea, K2E2 subdued DMDA in the opening game 826-711.
On the next game of the match with Butch Alinea relieving his son Kim of lane duties, the Thunders once again pounded the Bowleros 843-733. Despite being in the brink of absorbing their first loss, the architectural designers led by Tito Tamayo, Elvie Sotio, Alfred Avila and Jun Guerra came back strong in game three with an 833-788 victory.
With a game left to bowl and K2E2 still way ahead 2457-2277, DMDA succeeded in grabbing the final game 782-731 but the K2E2 Thunders nevertheless emerged victorious with a final winning tally of 3213-3062 pin falls. As a consolation, DMDA remained well ahead of the field despite the setback.
Displaying an exactly opposite form they showed the last time out, Rock N Bowl emerged a big winner in their match opposite surprise tail enders NLB Corporation. Coming off from a forgettable tenth week defeat, the Rock N Bowl pin busters showed why they cannot be taken lightly as they outlasted the once highly regarded NLB Corporation keglers 823-772 and 809-772 in games one and two of the 4-game series match. Spearheaded by Romy Fermil, Liza Catapia, Rod LLait, Norie Sairat and Tariq Sairat, Rock N Bowl completed the total annihilation of their rivals by snatching the remaining two games 791-738 and 907-835 to book a total pin falls victory of 3330-3117.
In the match, Rock N Bowl who jumped from sixth to fourth place in the team standings also bagged the weekly team high series award. Bowling for NLB in this match were Rudy Zablan, Chris Bulacja, Philip Marimla and Nelson De Leon.
Meanwhile, the second running World Class keglers maintained their position on the leader board by bouncing back from a disastrous game one debacle to beat Strikers X 3208-3046.
Led by Mousa Abdullah, Ronald Ferolino, Vicky Navarro and Benny Chan, Strikers X looked formidable in the opening game where they totally outclassed World Class in a 959-671 rout.
Shaken by the one sided defeat, World Class came back to life in the next game and turned back Strikers X in a closely contested game 813-762. With the raging fire of Strikers X in game one already a mere flicker, the rampaging crew of World Class composed of Anastasius Menezes, Carol Awadi, Ted Ashley and Jason Baker declared fire out as they romped home with 905-647 and 794-678 victories in games three and four.
The eleventh week pairings also saw sister teams Siete Pares 1 and Siete Pares 2 bowling against each other in a bid to get back into contention as both teams is now both out of the Top 6.
After Siete Pares 2 took the lead with an 832-779 decision in game one, defending champion Siete Pares 1 with Egay Cabildo, Rico Galang, Jazel Pangilinan, Faie Reyel and Manny Nazaire sliced down the deficit through a modest 769-721 win in game two and then went on to take the upper hand via a more convincing 864-737 victory in game three.
In the final game and with Siete Pares 1 in the lead 2412-2290, Siete Pares 2 eked out a 772-745 win which unfortunately did change the course of the game that still went to Siete Pares 1 who emerged with a 3182-3062 edge in total pin falls. In the only other game of the week, Cozmo Salmiya emerged victorious over D’ Islanders in alow scoring match 2919-2884. Top bowlers for Cozmo were Bert Pantanilla, Arnold Mendoza, Cris Batucan and Paul Arcayan.
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—Butch Alinea 247, Ladies Division-Liza Catapia 233; High Average Men Group 1—Mousa Abdullah 208, Men Group 2-Anastasius Menezes 185, Ladies Division-Elvie Sotio 186; Team High Game — K2E2 874 and Team High Series — NLB Corporation 3347.
The team standings after eleven weeks are as follows (read as rank, team name and total score) 1. DMDA Bowleros — 34951 2. World Class — 34782 3. D’ Islanders —34274 4. Rock N Bowl — 34269 5. Cozmo Salmiya — 34231, 6. K2E2 Thunders — 34094 7. Siete Pares 2 — 34035 8. Strikers X — 33831 9. Siete Pares 1 — 33764 10. NLB Corporation — 33625.
By Miguel Carlos
Special to the Arab Times