Russo’s Strikefest Makes Him King


Guam – Frank Russo and Kim Arriola claimed their first monthly titles of the 2011 Budweiser King and Prince(ss) of the Lanes held at the Central LanesBowling Center on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Russo mutilated the lanes on his way to the championship match to scorn top seed Tyler Bishop for the title. Bishop opened the match with a four bagger continuing his hot streak from the qualifying rounds and the semi-final match to take an early lead from Russo. However, a mishap on the fifth frame saw the ball sail left of the pin ten that startled Bishop. Russo jumped all over the open frame and began stringing strikes to close the gap. Henceforth, Bishop was unable to recover from the missed frame ending with a 170 game against Russo’s strike fest 258.

The semi-final and quarter final rounds witnessed a storm of strikes as all competitors slugged it out for the title birth. Top seed Bishop threw 11 strikes in the semi-final match for a 277 victory over 5th seed and early qualifying round leader Michael Joya who matched Bishop during the first five frames with strikes before leaving a 4-7-10 split which cost him the match finishing with a 220 game. On the adjoining lanes, Frank Russo did not leave much hope for 2nd seed Manny Tagle as he sailed to a 255 to 228 margin to set up the finals match up.

In the quarter final round, Joya defeated 7thseed JD Castro 234-214 while Russo edged out 8th seed Jay Leon Guerrero 225-220. Joya deflated a game Ricky Duenas 254-242 in the 1st elimination round while Castro bumped off 6th seed Jim Pinaula 205-163, 3rd seed Russo came from behind to dispose 9th seed Ray San Nicolas 226-222 in a close match while Leon Guerrero discharged 4th seed Keith Guerrero 242-145.

Bishop trampled the field during the qualifying rounds held earlier in the day finishing the six game event with a 1359 total for a 226 averagebowling games of 242, 215, 217, 278, 226 and 181 while Tagle was able to hold off Russo for the number two spot with a 1303 series (217 average). Russo finished the day with a 1290 total followed by Guerrero 1276, Joya 1275, Pinaula 1236, Castro 1230, Leon Guerrero 1225, San Nicolas 1216 and Duenas rounding off the top ten with a 1215 total.

Kim Arriola claimed her first ever Budweiser Prince(ss) of the Lanes title knocking off Greg Borja in the monthly finals with a 192+57 to 183+36 victory over the hot handed top seed. Borja was unable to shake loose of Arriola during the entire match as Arriola was able to counter ever spare and strike that Borja threw during the course of the match.

In the semi-final match Borja shut out Amber San Augstin with a 221+36 to 184+58 score while Arriola edged out 2nd seed Josh Madrid 149+57 to 148+48 to set up the finals match up.

Borja led all Prince of the Lanes competitors during the qualifying rounds with a 1507 total averaging 215 pins per game along with 216 pins ofhandicap. Borja rolled games of 224, 225, 185, 182, 212 and 263. Madrid was a distant 114 pins away in second with a 1393 total (288 handicap) followed by Roland Ponce 1328 (126), Gene Bangayan 1315 (240), Amber San Agustin 1307 (348), Dave Fejeran 1302 (102), Von Cabral 1276 (288) while Kim Arriola rounded off the top ten with a 1271 (342) total which saw her rise to the top.

The next Budweiser King and Prince of the Lanes will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.

Information from a press release.