Aaron Elliott and Vangie Ersando bagged the January titles of the King and Prince of the Lanes held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Central Lanes Bowling Center. The modified event consists of a four-game sprint hosted by Pin Point Guam.
Both Elliott and Ersando finished in the top ten after the four-game qualifier defeating their foes in the elimination rounds to capture the year’s first monthly event. 3rd seed Elliott opened the elimination round trailing 9th seed Jae Sang Lee in the first half of the match, then took advantage of a missed frame with a turkey before slipping past the lower seed by two pins to advance to the quarter final round. He then missed on the first frame against 4th seed Zachary Ford then put together a series of strikes to take the lead from Ford and easily outdistanced Ford in the closing stanza 234-212. Elliott routed 2nd seed RJ Santos in the semi-final as Santos was unable to find his rhythm throughout the set, falling 159-192.
In the monthly final match-up, Elliott faced 7th seed Noah Taimanglo who dissed top seed Bruce Calip in the semi-final 184-176. Elliott led from the onset, but Taimanglo was able to keep the match close throughout the game. Elliott was able to close out Taimanglo with a spare and eight count for a 215-210 victory.
Bruce Calip led all bowlers in the qualifier with a 968 total, averaging 242 on the 40’ pattern followed by Santos, Elliott, Ford, Greg Borja, Ray Manbiusan, Taimanglo, Ray San Nicolas, Lee and Ceasar Villaneuva rounded off the top ten.
Ersando claimed her first ever Prince title with the help of her handicap, beating out 8th seed Sebastian Loyola in round 1 126+48 to 126+16, eliminating 9th seed Dominic Uson 124+48 to 140+30 in the quarter final, edging out 2nd seed Jared Petrus 179+24 to 156+48 in the semi-final before claiming the title against Jacelyn Espiritu in the final match 179+48 to 193+23. Espiritu earned her trip to the monthly finals by upending 6th seed Naiyah Taimanglo in round 1 222+23 to 190+36, 10th seed Arnold Javier in the quarter finals, 201+23 to 145+15, top seed Trinity Nalundasan 232+23 to 159+39 before falling to Ersando.
11 year old Trinity Nalundasan led the Prince qualifiers with a 939 total averaging 184 pins per game followed by Petrus, Jesse Flickinger, Ersando, Merygrace Hernandez, Naiyah Taimanglo Jaecelyn Espiritu, Sebastian Loyol, Uson and Arnold Javier.
The next King and Prince of the Lanes will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center
Joey Miranda III, Secretary-General
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