Sunday, December 23, 2018 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER, Tamuning, Guam
Jay Leon Guerrero ended the year on a positive note as he was taken to task by fellow National Team member Gregory Borja in the Pin Point Guam King of the Lanes Grand Finale. Both keglers needed to dig deep in an exciting best 2 of 3 match up before the champion was declared. After a grueling eight game head to head qualifier on the ever-rough two-lane World Bowling Los Angeles and Tokyo patterns, Leon Guerrero and Borja put on a show of mental toughness and sparing skills. Of the three games match, only one error was committed. Borja was able to connect on two occasions in the first game after committing the only missed spare of the match to edge Leon Guerrero by one pin as the latter left a pin ten on the deck for a 214-215 decision. Leon Guerrero was able to double on the shorter lane pattern during the final stanza of the second game to beat Borja 188 to 182. On the deciding game, Leon Guerrero again needed a double and change to claim his third Grand Finals championship, but this time on the longer oil pattern where he delivered two strikes and an eight count for a 191-188 victory which along with the trophy and cash prize.
In the semi-final contests, top seed Leon Guerrero took advantage of a missed spare by Charlie “MamaChar” Catbagan on the ninth frame to eek out the win and advance to the finals, 192-188. 5th seed Borja needed to win back to back games against second seed Jeremiah Camacho to set-up the finals match up as he ousted the younger foe 210-192 and 196-163. 6th seed Catbagan eliminated 3rd seed RJ Santos while Borja brushed aside 4th seed Cesar Villanueva in the consolation matches.
Leon Guerrero paced the sixteen finalists with a total of 1732 pins winning five of eight matches followed by Jeremiah Camacho, Santos, Villanueva, Borja, Catbagan who qualified for the elimination rounds. In an exciting last game qualifier, Catbagan overtook Justin Mendiola, Noah Taimanglo and Ray San Nicolas to claim the coveted sixth spot by a ten pin margin as he won one game more than Taimanglo in the head to head competition.
Evan Duenas outlasted Joshua Munoz in the grand finals of the Pin Point Guam Prince of the Lanes division 2-1 in the best of 3 match. Duenas took game one 149-127, however, 2nd seed Munoz drew a five bagger in the later frames of the second game to draw even 197-169. The rubber match belonged to the top seed Duenas as he cruised to his first title 198-142.
Both Prince finalists needed the extra game to survive the semi-final matches as Duenas beat out 3rd seed Naiyah Taimanglo while Munoz edged out 4th seed Nick Gutierrez. In the consolation matches, Taimanglo eliminated 6th seed Eya Salandanan while Gutierrez defeated 5th seed Jaeceline Espiritu.