Efren Cacdac and JR Teodoro played steady in the two-weekend competition in the Philippine Bowling Association Classified Tournament 2012 to top their respective divisions.
Cacdac prevailed in Class B, while Teodoro won Class C of the annual tournament held on Aug. 5 and 12 at the Capital Bowling Center in Garapan.
A 144-136 victory in Game 1 of the finals against Kim Jae Yong gave Cacdac the Class B crown, which the latter missed last year. Melvin Malvar ruled the 2011 edition of the Class B contest, while Cacdac failed to advance to the stepladder finals.
This year, Cacdac was the first bowler to land a spot in the stepladder finals and earned a twice-to-beat advantage in the championship round, while Jon Eparwa, Kim, and Ferdie Generoso joined him to the playoff round.
The eventual Class B champion gained an automatic finals berth after topping the six-game qualifying tournament on Aug. 5 with a total of 1,612 pinfalls. Cacdac ended up in first place among 18 players after a strong finish in the qualifier. He knocked down 200-plus pinfalls in the last three games (212, 244, and 212) and adding his 199, 145, and 150 in the first three, Cacdac averaged 193.67 pinfalls.
Cacdac was the lone bowler in Class B to average at least 190 pinfalls and his 244 was the best score in a single game in the entire tournament, besting the 236 (Game 5) of Class A eighth finisher Raymond Angeles.
Eparwa finished second behind Cacdac in the qualifier with the former's six-game total 1,101 pinfalls. Kim and Generoso took the last two qualifying tickets after earning similar 1,079 pinfalls.
With Kim, Generoso, and Eparwa advancing, they played one more game with the former surviving the three-bowler semifinal round to arrange a finals showdown against Cacdac. Kim collected 183 pinfalls in the semis for a 10-pinfall win over Generoso (173). Eparwa was booted out after posting only 171 pinfalls.
The Cacdac-Kim title duel took place last Sunday with the former ending the latter's upset bid with a close 8-pinfall win in Game 1 of the Class B finals.
The Class C finale went to Teodoro's favor, as he convincingly beat female bowler Yho Villavicencio, 164-135. Teodoro marched into the finals after recording a six-game total of 984 pinfalls and ruling the qualifier, which drew more than 20 players, including several female keglers. Rene Cariaso and Villavicencio joined Teodoro in the stepladder finals after placing second and third in the qualifiers with their 969 and 961 pinfalls, respectively.
The third-ranked Villavicencio then pulled off an upset over Cariaso in the semis, 209-167, to set up a title match against Teodoro.