THE Philippine Junior Bowling team is confident the long preparation make the necessary adjustments for next year’s World Youth Championship next year in Nebraska.
The team won two silver medals in the last 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong and are hoping to make it to the top in the worlds in July 2016.
Ivan Malig, 17, says his boys’ masters silver medal and being part of the boys’ team-of-four second placers gives him a lot of confidence for the worlds.
“We just came up short for a gold but those two silver finishes will give us enough courage to play better in the international competition next time,” said Malig.
Malig lost to Singapore’s Kuek Qi En in the two-game title showdown (183-216) to settle for silver in the boys’ masters event. Malig and teammates Cebuano GJ Buyco, rookie international campaigner Louis Cantorna and Merwin Tan took the silver in the boys’ team.
The nationals stood at ninth place after the first block of three games, in the boys’ team event, but they rolled 880 on the fourth game to advance to sixth place. Their 952 and 868 scores in the fifth and sixth game catapulted them to second place.
Overall, the Philippine boys’ junior team scored a six-game series of 5062 to take second place behind Japan led by Sayoto Takahira, Shinpei Sakahara, Ren Sameshima and Riku Masui, who posted a leading 5174 total pin falls.
Bea Hernandez, on the other hand, nailed her first career perfect game, scoring it in the fourth game of the girls’ singles event. She eventually took the lead after rolling a 257 in the fifth game but slipped and finished fifth with a 1291.
Korea’s Kim Dong Yo and Kim Jin Ju won the gold and silver in the girls’ singles, while Nora Natasia of Malaysia and Japanese Shion Izumune placed third and fourth, respectively.