AFTER failing to hit a double 14 at the end game, Oliver Orduna delivered a double 1 and a pair of 4s to shorten a best of three finals and take the weekly T-80 dart tournament at the TP Bar Extension Thursday night.
The series could have ended earlier had Orduna nailed the double 14 for 28 which was earlier set up by partner Joseph Petteng who nailed 78 points for the finale.
With his pin hitting a wire short, Orduna's second pin hit a double 1 before hitting the concluding double 4 as the duo beat Willy Omli and Ronan Tom for the top purse and the trophy in the 501 event.
Earlier, Petteng took the first game for the duo as they made short work of the Omli-Tom partnership, which settled for the runner up trophy in the event that drew 58 darters.
Kenneth Madalang and Siony Laluan took the first runner-up after the male-female tandem beat the Jun Tiyab and Ramil Fernandez pair.
The TP T-80 tourney is a weekly event which offers P7,000 in cash prize.
At least 6-8 events are slated for this month with the Thursday event and last night's Saturday special which gives a bigger total purse, said bar owner Dexter Bentayen.
Bentayen said P15,000 in cash prizes was assured in Thursday's event while also assuring the regular competitions will be held at the second TP on a regular basis since its opening last February.
Meanwhile, a Baguio Day tournament is slated at the Zanzibari Bar along Magsaysay on Sept. 1 which is expected to draw players from La Union.
Zanzibari owner Norman Seo-as said effort will be made to promote the sport in the city despite lack of government support.
"We have the best player here and our players are excelling in national competitions the past two decades," he said.
Seo-as, a director of the Darts Council of the Philippines, said a Baguio player is now the country's top rated player.
Ronald "Arvy" Briones has been making waves in the international scene as he has regularly been campaigning in the Asian region, particularly in Singapore and Japan.
"We have good players," he added. The strength of Baguio players was seen in the good performance of its players in last year's Manny Pacquiao P5 million event in General Santos City where many placed.
Local players Robles Boyao and Nards Navarra were joined by Team Pacquiao's Pabling Cadungog to win the Classified Triples crown which saw 193 teams or 579 players, while John Alviar, Bong Gabiola and David Camilo were joint third.
Laluan and Joan Alicda, meanwhile, finished joint fifth, the same finish made by Rex Balangcod in the men's side.
Seo-as said more will be done to allow the local players to show their wares as he added the world qualifiers will be staged in the city sometime in December.