Sunday, February 16, 2020 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER, Tamuning, Guam
RJ Santos bagged his first Aloha Maid King of the Lanes 2020 monthly title by regaining his strike form in the championship match against youth stand out Jeremiah Camacho. Top seed Santos opened the match with a turkey to take a 33-pin lead over the sixteen-year-old southpaw and never looked back. Although Camacho was able to mount a couple of threats mid game, Santos kept his composure and continued his attack mode registering three turkeys, eventually pulling away from the younger foe.
Both bowler’s path to the championship pair were the opposite of the final scores as Santos’ opponent, 10th seed Maria Wood took him to the brink of elimination. With two frames remaining, Santos flagged a pin ten, that handed the lead to Wood. Wood’s attempt at a 2-4-5 leave fell short which knotted the game. Santos’ delivered a spare in the tenth with a nine-pin count which gave hope to Wood. Unfortunately, her final attempt at a tie was pre-empted with an eight count, allowing Santos to advance.
In the other semi-final match, Camacho scorched lanes 19 and 20 with a 268 game to stop 4th seed Justin Mendiola’s two game winning streak. During the earlier rounds, Mendiola out bowled 3rd seed Jay Leon Guerrero and 8th seed Dante Godoy, while Wood sent 6th seed Noah Taimanglo and 5th seed Brian Manibusan packing.
Santos took the top post in the King of the Lanes qualifier held earlier in the day followed by Camacho, Jay Leon Guerrero, Mendiola, Brian Manibusan, Noah Taimanglo, Cesar Villanueva, Dante Godoy, and Juan Blas. Wood ended the four-game qualifier in a tie with Ray San Nicolas, thus winning a one ball roll off with a strike.
In the Prince of the Lanes finale, top seed Kioni Aflague and 2nd seed Philip Lopez battled throughout the game for supremacy. A seven-count split on the eighth frame spelled the demise of the top seed as Lopez claimed his maiden Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes title for 2020.
The next Aloha Maid King and Prince of the Lanes will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.