Gadia earns maiden victory; Taimanglo claims second championship

September 2017 Champions:  Budweiser King of the Lanes Michael Gadia and Aloha Maid Princess of the Lanes Naiyah Taimanglo

Sunday, September 10, 2017 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER, Tamuning, Guam

As the cliché states, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.  This was the case during the Budweiser King of the Lanes September tournament held at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.  National Team members Mike Gadia and Jay Leon Guerrero struggled during the opening set of the six-game qualifier, but eventually found their groove in the later games which transcended into the finals match of the monthly event.

Gadia averaged 8 strikes a game during the elimination round conquering the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games short oil lane pattern.  The 4th seed punched out on the 9th and 10th frames during the first elimination round to oust 8th seed RJ Santos 205-181.  Gadia then disposed of 9th seed Ray Manibusan in the quarterfinals before outshining 2nd seed Ray San Nicolas in the semi-finals 245-215.  In the finale, Gadia opened with a three bagger against Team Guam captain Jay Leon Guerrero and pounced on the pocket for a convincing 242-193 margin to claim his first Budweiser King of the Lanes monthly title of his career.

7th seed Leon Guerrero’s path was like Gadia as he beat out three other competitors on his way to the finals.  Leon Guerrero marched past 6th seed Ryley Lunsford, then edged 5th seed Teliann San Nicolas before dethroning top seed Noah Taimanglo in the semi-final.

14-year-old Taimanglo led all qualifiers in the King division with a 1337 total beating the field by 56 pins.  National Team Members Ray San Nicolas, Greg Borja and Mike Gadia followed suit as Teliann San Nicolas, Lunsford, Leon Guerrero, RJ Santos, Manibusan and Jeremiah Camacho rounded off the top ten that qualified for the elimination rounds.

In the Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes, 12-year-old Naiyah Taimanglo claimed her second title of the year.  With the monthly title on the line, 5th seed Allan Aperocho needed a strike in the fill frame to tie the match and send it to sudden death.  However, a stubborn pin ten on the final throw was all Taimanglo needed to claim the match and title.

Eya Salandanan led all Prince of the Lanes qualifiers followed by Taimanglo, Jaecelyn Espiritu, Annastashia Leon Guerrero, Aperocho, Arlene Reyes, Darien Borja, Cher Gumabon, Mike Wong and Arnold Hernandez rounded off the top ten.

The next Budweiser King and Aloha Maid Prince of the Lane monthly tournament will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.

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