ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy keglers keep medals hope alive

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 26, 2018 07:45 PM
ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy keglers keep medals hope alive
Two Philippine keglers remain in the hunt for podium finish.

PALEMBANG --- Alexis Sy and Lara Posadas kept the country’s medal hopes alive in bowling on Sunday after placing eighth and 10th, respectively, after the first eight games of the women’s masters qualifiers in the 18th Asian Games at the Jakabaring Bowling Center.

A silver medalist in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Sy was steady with an eighth-game output of 1846 and a 224.50 average, just 120 pins outside of pacesetting Japanese Mirai Ishimoto, who carded 1966 and normed  237.00 at the 40-lane modern bowling arena built just for this sportsfest.  

Running second was Korea’s Lee Yeongji (1946-237.75) and occupying third spot was Singapore’s Ruoqi Joey Yeo (1941-236.38) among the 16 players who made the cut for the 16-game masters qualifiers.

Posadas, who briefly held second place when she opened with a 247, pooled 1813 and 223.13 average, 153 pins behind the Japanese leader.

“There are still eight games remaining tomorrow and we’re hoping that Lara and Alexis can play better tomorrow,” noted Philippine Bowling Federation secretary general and multi-titled champion Bong Coo. “Mahaba-haba pa yan.”

Also grimly trying to stay in the medal hunt in the men’s masters were Enzo Hernandez and Kenneth Chua, who were running ninth and 12, respectively, after the first block.

A Witchita State University mainstay, Hernandez, totaled 1807 for the first eight games and had  a225.29 average, 169 pins behind  South Korean Park topnotcher Park Jongwoo ( (1176-246.57) topnotcher.

Somewhat disappointing was Chua, who sizzled in the first four games and was running a strong second before cooling off in the remaining games.   

With lines of   232-267-222-253 for a 243. 50 average, Chua  had a 974 aggregate, just 39 pins behind South Korean pacesetter Park  (1013), at that point.  

But the bespectacled bowler suddenly lost his touch, stumbling with a 144 in the fifth and was unable to recover and slipped to 14th place after eight games at 1735.

Immediately after the second eight-game series on Monday, the top three finishers after the 16-games masters qualifiers in both men’s and women’s divisions advance to the stepladder finals.  

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