Pinoy Bowlers Continue Medal Search
PALEMBANG—The Philippines’ quest for a medal in 18th Asian Games bowling remained elusive for the second straight day on Thursday as the No. 1 team of Kenneth Chua, Merwin Tan and Enzo Hernandez wound up in 10th place in men’s trios at the Jakabaring Bowling Center here.
Similar to their women’s counterparts the previous day, the Filipinos couldn’t cluster their big games together, combining for a six-games series of 4134, 210 pins off victorious Japanese Tomuyuki Sasaki, Shogo Wada and Shusako Asato with 4344.
Malaysia (4235) bagged silver, narrowly relegating Singapore (4226) to the bronze medal at the sold-out bowling arena built specifically for the Games.
The other Philippine squad of Jomar Jumapao, Kenzo Umali and Raoul Miranda combined for a meager 3777 to languish in 27th out of 33 teams.
“Sayang we had a good chance for bronze going into the last game but missed some crucial spares,” head coach Paeng Nepomuceno said. “Kailangang sabay-sabay na maganda ang laro to win a medal.”
For men’s coach Biboy Rivera, the main problem was “lack of sustained focus and penalties, which proved to be very costly.”
He cited the case of Tan, who fouled at least three times during the series, resulting to a zero score for that particular frame that subsequently pulled the rest of the team down.
“But Merwin is a resilient bowler and I know he will be able to recover and play better in the succeeding events,” said Rivera of Tan, who was a member of the four-man squad that copped a bronze medal in the World Youth Championships early this month in Allen Park, Michigan.
With the new scoring system putting premium on strikes, Chua, Tan and Hernandez were unable to keep abreast with the sizzling scoring pace, combining for 2059 after the first three games to lie in 13th spot, 227 pins behind the frontrunning Japanese.
At the hallfway mark, Asato was in blistering form with a three-game average of 269.5, capped by the tournament’s first perfect score of 300 in the third game.
Hostilities resume on Friday with the women’s six-man team event with entire squad of Lizal del Rosario, Lara Posadas, Alexis Sy, Rachelle Leon, Dyan Coronacion and Maria Lourdes Arles all seeing action.