3rd March, Doha: Overnight leader, Ghanim Aboujassoum of Qatar won the high series award after topping Squad A second block of the PBA-WBT H.H. Emir Cup 2019 ahead of compatriot, Mansoor Al Awamy and Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia in second and third.
Aboujassoum, who led the first block yesterday by 113, got off the second block with 211 but saw his lead reduced to 98 pins after Lalisang fired a stunning 258 to move up to second from sixth. Qataris Abdulrahman M Jaidah and Al Awamy slipped down to third and fourth.
The leader stumbled to a lowly 162 in the eighth game, which saw his lead reduced further to just 36 pins. Al Awamy posted a superb 235 to move up to second while Lalisang managed 199 and dropped to third. Jaidah continued to drop down to fifth behind a third Qatari, Nasser Jamal Al Sahoti in fourth.
Aboujassoum bounced back brilliantly with 252 in the ninth game to take his leading margin back up to 97 pins as Al Awamy and Lalisang continued to trail in second and third. The Qatari youngster added another strong game of 237 to extend his lead further to 111 pins.
Lalisang posted a better tenth game of 225 to regain second spot with Al Awamy and Al Sahoti keeping pace in third and fourth. Jaidah struggled and fell out of contention altogether while Yousef Al Jaber took over fifth position.
Aboujassoum ended the second block with 202 and 257 to win the squad with a second 6-game series of 1321 for a total of 2696 and picking up the high series award of US$200. Al Awamy hung on to second spot despite a poor 160 in his last game on a total of 2501.
Lalisang finished third with 2496 while Al Sahoti and Al Jaber rounded out the top 5 with 2456 and 2427 respectively. Jaidah finished a disappointing sixth after a good run in the first block.
Squad B will commence qualifying tomorrow over two blocks of 6 games each on March 4 and 5 while Squad C and Squad D will be held on March 5 through to March 7. Step 1 finals will commence on March 7 with Steps 2 to 5 finals on March 8.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.
Qataris dominate opening squad