RAY Snyder defeated elimination leader Joshua Desuacido in two straight games to pocket the P12,000 cash prize and the champion's eagle trophy of the Datba "Battle of Champions" Bowler of the Year finals at the NCCC Mall B3 over the weekend.

Desuacido settled for P8,000 while third-placer Danny Usman and fourth-placer John Galendez received P5,000 and P3,000, respectively, in the tournament organized by the Davao Tenpin Bowlers Association (Datba).

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Desuacido hit a total of 1,636 pinfalls to gain the twice-to-beat advantage while Snyder (1,633), Galendez (1,631) and Usman (1,629) wounded up in the next three spots.

In the step-the-ladder round, No. 4 Usman beat No. 3 Galendez only to fall at the hands of No. 2 Snyder. The latter kept his momentum to clinch the crown at the expense of Desuacido. (MLSA)