champs Christian Apolonio & Dawson Reese with Lucas Rabb, Cesar Padilla, Clifford Robbins, Stefanny Toala
Christian Apolonio and Dawson Reese earned JBT titles in an exciting day of JBT Arizona Conference action at Prescott Valley's Antelope Lanes.
Kyle Reed began the scratch division stepladder finals with a 204-202 squeaker over an absolutely thrilled Harley Sweigart. Solomon Salama then helped Harley get on the road (he was Kyle's ride) with a 221-192 win over Reed. The pocket was easy to hit on the finals pair, but carry was an issue for everyone, and that made for a low scoring but thrilling semifinal match, with Salama finding a way to get the tenth frame double he needed against Christian Apolonio, but then only eight on the fill ball for a 205-204 win for a stunned Christian, who advanced to the title match.
Apolonio took full advantage of the second chance against top seed Lucas Rabb, who had been brilliant all day. He will win his first scratch title soon, but this final was all Christian, as he blasted one of the best games of the day in a 255-208 win, good for the second title of his JBT career.
Dawson Reese began a climb up the handicap stepladder with a 224-183 win over first time finalist Raymond Gaiser. Reese then struck in the tenth frame for a clutch 177-173 win over Clifford Robbins. In another thriller, Dawson edged by Kevin Lu 209-207 to reach the title match.
Top seed Cesar Padilla was looking to avenge a runner-up finish from the day before, and was brilliant again today, but still could not find good fortune in the title game. He fired the back four strikes but it was too late as Reese rolled to a 233-218 win, and the fourth title of his JBT career.
Robbins' loss to Reese was about the only thing that went wrong for him on the day. He opened the event by thrilling the Antelope crowd with a perfect 300, his first ever. Then he capped off the day with a win over Dawson for the day's U-17 subdivision title. Priority Girls Scratch was won by Stefanny Toala, who continued her Arizona domination with a 187-158 win over Jennifer Peterson.
Big thanks to the team at Antelope for hosting our Tour. Want in on the fun? Just come on out to the next JBT event, it's that simple!
|Antelope Lanes- final results and scholarship winners|
|28||Kevin Van Gordon|
|1||Rabb +86||Lu +147|
|2||Mabry +47||C Robbins +137|
|3||Sweigart +41||Gaiser +110|
|1||Rabb 266||C Robbins 318|
|2||Sweigart 257||Gaiser 272|
|3||Sweigart 257||Zent 256|
|4||Rabb 257||Padilla 253|
|5||Sweigart, Perry 256||Lu 248|
|Girls Scratch side event|
|U-17 scratch side event|
|1||C Robbins +47*|
|TOTAL AWARDED THIS EVENT: $1,296|