Ariel Dumapit foiled Efren Cacdac’s bid for back-to-back Class B championships after surviving the stepladder finals of the 2013 Philippine Bowling Association Budweiser Classified Tournament early this month at the Saipan Bowling Center.
Cacdac, who topped last year’s Class B event after beating Kim Jae Yong, earned a return trip to the finals after ruling the six-game elimination round, but failed to defend his crown as he lost to Dumapit twice. Dumapit took Game 1, 190-175, and completed the upset with a 212-169 victory in the deciding Game 2. Dumapit arranged a finals duel against Cacdac after ousting youth bowler M.J. Aldan in the first round of the stepladder finals, 191-168.
With the come-from-behind victory, Dumapit was awarded $300 cash prize and a trophy last Saturday, while Cacdac and Aldan settled for $200 and $100, respectively.
Before his victory over Cacdac, Dumapit placed only second to the former in the elimination round after collecting 1,129 pinfalls. Dumapit knocked down 200-plus pins only once (204 in Game 4) and adding his 191, 197, 191, 192, and 154 in the five other games, the eventual champion averaged 188.17. Cacdac had the most impressive average, nearing the 200 mark with his 196, as the 2012 champion finished strong in the last four games (206, 206, 223, and 210) to make up for his so-so performance in the first two games (171 and 159) and earn 1,176 pinfalls. Aldan had a different story, as he got off to a good start, recording 220 and 239 in the first two games before fading in the last four (185, 171, 144, and 163) for a six-game total of 1,122 and average of 187.
Meanwhile, 22 other PBA members joined the Class B tournament, including last year’s finalists Yong, who fell one step short of advancing to the stepladder finals. Yong finished fourth in the elimination round after registering 1,106 pinfalls in six games. Yong struggled in the first two games (182 and 164), found his form in the next two (200 and 213), but had a big breakdown in Game 5 (144) before bouncing back in the last game (203) to average 184.33, just less than three pinfalls short of Aldan’s average.
Despite failing to make it to the Top 3, Yong still went home with a cash prize ($70) along with the fifth to 10th finishers in the Aug. 4 and 11 tournaments. Joining Yong in the Top 10 were Lito Teodoro (1,105), Ronald Batac (1,097), Johnny Fabian (1,087), Lee Yong Woon (1,075), Jorge Soledad (1,059), and female bowler Gloria Omechelang (1,050).
Other participants in the Class B tournaments were Diane Chong (1,038), Bernard Paraiso (979), Atoy Banting (976), Roger De Guzman (955), Elena Soll (945), Darwin Gonzales (928), Ron Cal (919), Tiro Corpuz (916), Rene Cariaso (913), Tess Fabie (912), Ferdee Generoso (897), Roger Vales (887), Benjie Cruz (855), and Andrew Sablan (789).