Sunday, January 13, 2019 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER, Tamuning, Guam
Southpaw RJ Santos connected two turkeys during the monthly finals match of the Pin Point Guam King of the Lanes to earn the maiden title of the year. Santos delivered six of seven strikes in the opening stanza but opened in the ninth frame that kept the match in play against 10th seed Cesar Villanueva. Unfortunately for Villanueva, he was unable to string strikes after his mid game turkey that ended with a 225-214 set.
In the battle of the two-handed semi-finals, top seed Justin Mendiola was stumped by back to back splits that led to Villanueva earning a trip to the monthly finals via a clean game on a 199-189 decision. 2nd seed Santos used a turkey in the opening frames of the other semi-final match to oust 4th seed John John Ada 212-184.
Mendiola led the King of the Lanes field with a 234 average rolling games of 248, 245, 226, 218 on the World Bowling 42’ Tokyo lane pattern. Santos finished second with a 925-total followed by youth bowler Jeremiah Camacho, John John Ada, Jay Leon Guerrero, Victor San Nicolas, Noah Taimanglo, Darien Borja, Gregory Borja and Villanueva rounded off the top ten who advanced to the elimination rounds.
4th seed Dominic Uson survived a close call against top seed Philip Lopez by a chopped stick on the 10th frame of the Prince final. Uson strung three strikes in a row to finish with a 233-game including handicap that forced Lopez to spare in the tenth frame for the win. The spare ball seemed to be going in the direction of the pin 6-10 leave as the crowd waited anxiously for the end result. Up until the ball reached the pin deck, it seemed like Lopez would win his first ever title. However, a sudden ball rotational shift in the pin deck ended with the pin six being chopped off the pin ten and the title being awarded to Uson.
In the semi-finals, Lopez put together 255 game with a four bagger and a turkey to close out Gemma Mendoza’s run and advance to the monthly finals. 4th seed Uson beat out 2nd seed Naiyah Taimanglo capitalizing on missed spares 190-158.
Lopez surged in the last game to pole position of the qualifying round with a blistering 256 game in the Prince of the Lanes division. Naiyah Taimanglo dropped to second followed by Arlene Reyes, Uson, Eya Salandanan, Mendoza, Arnold Hernandez, Jaecelin Espiritu, Joshua Munoz and Rudy Palaganas who rounded off the top ten.
The next Pin Point Guam King and Prince of the Lanes will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.