Shabab SABB defends crown in Interbank bowling tourney
Shabab SABB defends crown in Interbank bowling tourney
Shabab SABB made a convincing finale when its toppled challenger SAMA-Abana Unified during the final rounds of the 17-week league among local banks in Riyadh. Shabab hammered its opponent in four games with staggering 574 points. Team captain Ahmed Qarqoush lead his five-man team to victory with a superb 835 four-game series. Teammates Arnold Jesena, Jaffer Al Kathiri, Luis Bonguit and Fahad Al Heza produced excellent output of 811, 807, 804 and 753 respectively to retain the championship crown.
SAMA-Abana team captained by Teody Zulaybar dropped from second to fourth place with a low score of 90 bonus points.
PNB Unified mentored by Usman Navarro leap-frogged from fifth to second position during the final games as it surprised the top four contenders with a significant 470 win points against Banque Saudi Fransi which defaulted its final match.
Alinma Bank team captained by ITBR Chairman Bobby Ting outplayed former champion Saudi Hollandi Bank 351-50 to clinch third place, only one point adrift of second placer PNB.
BSF-CBG tcaptained by Ken Hechanova blanked Saudi Investment mentored by Dong Calub (290-0).
The champion, runners-up and special awardees received handsome trophies and cash prizes during the awards night held at the Marhaba Restaurant in Riyadh recently. Special thanks to Mounir Melliti, recreation manager at InterCon who provided gift vouchers to lucky winners.
The ITBR group collected cash donations from all participating banks and bowlers during the awards night. This ITBR gesture was in response to typhoon Yolanda relief efforts in the Philippines.
The league committee (Robert Ting - chairman, Froy Garcia – finance director, Teody Zulaybar – statistician), all team captains and the participating banks expressed their thanks to all who contributed to another wonderful and successful year for ITBR.
Here are the individual and team awardees:
Clash of the Titans (Top 30) — Titan King Angelo Train (Alinma), first runner-up Clem Salazar (SHB), second runner-up Arnel Bernabe (SHB)
Group B Winners — First Edison Austria (SAIB ), second Jil Hembra (SHB), third Joey Salem (SAIB)
Most Valuable Player Ahmed Qarqoush (Shabab SABB)
Most Improved Player Angelito Tolentino (Alinma Bank)
Elite Bowlers: Mixi Lechuga, BSF (264) and Fahad Al Heza, SAMBA (255)
Individual awards — High Game Scratch (264) & High Game with Handicap (280) was awarded to Mixi Lechuga of PNB Unified team while the High Series Scratch (873) & High Series with Handicap (889) went to Fahad Al Heza of Shabab SABB team.
Team awards — High Game Scratch, High Series Scratch & High Series with Handicap went to Shabab SABB (1019, 3898 & 4046) while High Game with Handicap awarded to Alinma Bank (1061).
Winner Consolation Round – Banque Saudi Fransi/CBG Team
Sportsmanship Award – Saudi Investment Bank & Saudi Hollandi Bank
LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5
- James' 3-pointer buzzer beater puts Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs
- James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists.
CLEVELAND: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.
As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.
Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers, who battled back to tie it 95-all on Sabonis’ 15-foot jumper with 33 seconds left. Indiana, which held Cleveland without a field goal for more than seven minutes during their fourth-quarter rally forced James into a turnover and had a chance to re-take the lead.
Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Oladipo’s shooting woes continued. He’s only 12 of 50 from the field in the last three games. He scored 32 in the Pacers’ Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since.
The third quarter has been a major problem for Cleveland all season. The Cavs had tried everything to try and shake things up after halftime, even doing layup lines at the break in Game 4 like a high school squad.
Turns out, all it took was some defensive intensity.
Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding Indiana to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.
Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.
The Cavs were again without starting point guard George Hill, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
James had enough to worry about with the Pacers that he didn’t want to discuss close friend Dwyane Wade’s future.
Miami’s star is mulling retirement after the Heat were eliminated Tuesday in Philadelphia. James spent four years playing in Miami with Wade, who began this season with the Cavs before being traded.
James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, “’If it’s like our last time going against each other, then it’s been everything and more.” James wants to wait for Wade to make his decision and will then “give a more in-depth analysis of his career if he decides to hang ‘em up.”
Pacers: Following Lance Stephenson’s aggressive, wrestling-like takedown of Jeff Green in the waning moments of Game 4, coach Nate McMillan said he reminded the fiery forward to be careful. “The officials are going to be watching that, Lance knows that and there are some times where I think they (the Cavs) are taking advantage.” ... Dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games in Cleveland. ... James’ triple-double in Game 4 was the sixth against Indiana in the playoffs. James has done it to the Pacers three times.
Cavaliers: With his 21st 40-point game in the playoff, James tied the logo — Jerry West — for the second-most all-time. Michael Jordan scored at least 40 in 38 postseason games. .... Hill’s back has improved in the past few days, but he didn’t look close to playing while sitting stiffly in his locker-room chair before the game. ... Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat courtside.
Game 6 is Friday night at Indianapolis.