New winners in SBA April roll-offs


Ronald Batac and Diana Camacho ended the streaks of Robert Talavera and Kathy Mersai after prevailing in Saipan Bowling Association’s Budweiser King and Queen of the Lanes Tournament for April held over the weekend at the Saipan Bowling Center.

In the King of the Lanes, Batac collected 833 pinfalls to beat Talavera, who posted the second and third best scores (815 and 808) in the two-day tournament. Batac joined the Saturday competition and got off to a strong start with his 248 before closing out with 172, 220, and 193 in the last three games for the Day 1 lead and average of 208.25 pinfalls.

Talavera finished second in the opening day after two 200-plus pinfalls (269 and 202 in Games 1 and 4) and adding 168 and 169. The three-time monthly champion then returned to SBC for the Sunday roll-off, hoping to extend his string of victories, but fell short after a so-so performance in Game 2. Talavera knocked down only 172 pins in the pivotal Game 2 after firing a 225 in the opening game. He closed out with 203 and 216 in the final two games to still fall behind against Batac.

Joining Batac and Talavera in the Top 3 was Lito Teodoro, who logged 780 pinfaslls in the second day of the tournament. Bowlers are allowed to compete in both days of the contest, but only the higher score is counted. Day 2 third placer Ador Dimaano slipped to fourth with his 771 pinfalls, while Percy Omechelang and Simon Manacop rounded out the Top 5 with identical 769 pinfalls.

Other bowlers who joined the weekend tournament were Tony Verdaguer (733), Raymond Angeles (718), Raymond Zapanta (713), Paul Pangelinan (708), Raphael Zapanta (702), Raul Dumapit (701), Lee Yong Woon (672), Jae Yong Kim (649), and Ben Aizon (604).

Meanwhile, in the Queen of the Lanes, Camacho earned 732 pinfalls to beat Elena Soll and the three-time winner Mersai.

Camacho, who was only in fourth place in Day 1 with her 654 pinfalls, found her form in Day 2, recording 211, 177, 171, and 173 for an average of 183 pinfalls. She was 24 pinfalls ahead of Day 1 leader and eventual runner-up Soll, who tallied 178, 176, 215, and 139 for 708 pinfalls in the opening day and 633 in the second day. Mersai settled for third place with her 685 (141, 150, 310, and 183) registered in last Sunday’s tournament. The three-time monthly champion also bowled last Saturday and finished second behind Soll with her 677 pinfalls (167, 147, 198, and 165).

Others who participated in the weekend competition were Yho Villavicencio (676), Gloria Omechelang (637), Carrie Camacho (627), Ron Cal (614), Lala Taitano (608), Gigi Zapanta (598), Tess Fabie (582), and Lynn Santos (572).

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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