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, 2018-05-20 16:45:00
Puerto Rico native wins second annual pro bowling event at Ten Pin Alley
Entering the 10th frame of the second PBA Tour Xtra Frame Wilmington Open with a three-pin lead on Sunday, Cristian Azcona said he needed two great shots to win.
He got three. After his first ball rolled for a strike, he followed with two more, and Azcona walked away with his first national title by defeating A.J. Johnson 217-214 at Ten Pin Alley.
“I knew I needed to throw two really, really good shots,” he said. “The ball was in my court and I knew I needed to take advantage of it.”
The 24-year-old Puerto Rico native said he was nervous entering the final frame after a back-and-forth game with Johnson, but much of the nervousness he felt disappeared after the first strike.
“I was really nervous, of course,” he said. “But once you get that first one, it helps.”
Azcona entered Sunday in fourth place. His position only climbed from there, finishing the Round of 8 with 4,075 total pins in 17 games played and qualifying for the four-bowler championship round as the top seed.
But it all came down to the final frame against Johnson.
“I knew coming into today that I was in a good position, but I still had a lot of work to do,” he said. “The field was really talented with a lot of good bowlers, so I knew I had to do the same work I did yesterday, but a little better, and I managed to do that.”
Joining Azcona in the top four was Simpsonville, South Carolina’s Tommy Jones – the only bowler from the Carolinas to reach the final eight.
Jones, 39, held the distinction of leading the 96-bowler field comfortably after the first eight games Saturday. He slipped to third place for the championship round, where he faced No. 4 Tom Daugherty in the opening game and lost 214-185.
“I wasn’t bowling one of my best rounds,” Jones said. “I was having a hard time with the right lane and didn’t really know what to do. I’m going to try to make light of it as I process it. It just didn’t manage to work out.”
The PBA Tour plans to keep Wilmington as a stop on its Xtra Frame tournament series for 2019.
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