Sammy Talaboc retained his composure down to the last round to capture the Metro Davao Bowlers Association, Inc. (Metba-Davao) Bowler of the Year 2019 title Friday, January 10, at SM Lanang Premier Bowling Center.
Talaboc, who topped the six-game eliminations by hitting a total of 1,186 pinfalls to earn the twice-to-beat advantage in the step-the-ladder finals, rolled over William Galacio, 213-201, in their championship match.
Talaboc received the champion’s purse of P5,000 while runner-up Galacio claimed P2,500. Next two placers Vivienne Flores and Rene Zabat pocketed P1,500 and P1,000, respectively.
In the eliminations, trailing behind Talaboc were Flores who rolled 1,153 pins in second; Galacio who made 1,150 pinfalls placed third; and Zabat scored 1,103 for fourth.
In the step-the-ladder finals, No. 3 Galacio toppled No. 4 Zabat, 204-158, then Galacio bested Flores, 177-166, before losing to Talaboc.
A total of 12 players competed in the tournament.