SAMMY Talaboc topped the Davao Tenpin Bowlers Association (Datba) May monthly finals held at the NCCC Mall Davao B3 Center Sunday.

Talaboc clinched the title over Rene Zabat in the step-the-ladder finals.

Talaboc earned the twice-to-beat advantage after emerging as top qualifier in the eight-game eliminations with 1,664 pinfalls.

Zabat, who ranked fourth after hitting 1,612 pinfalls in the eliminations, arranged a titular showdown with Talaboc when he beat third-ranked Lee Martin, 198-182, before knocking off No. 2 Sonny Dimaano, 156-143.

Talaboc went home with P7,000 while Zabat, Dimaano and Martin received P4,000, P2,000 and P1,000, respectively. (RSA)