PBA-WBT H.H. Emir Cup 2019
Indonesian wins Step 2 finals
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8th March, Doha: Two-time Penang Pesta International Open champion, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia won Step 2 Finals of the PBA-WBT H.H. Emir Cup 2019 to advance to Step 5 Finals as topseed.

Lalisang got off the block with a stunning 274 in his opening game to lead 2018 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Michael Mak of Hong Kong by 21 pins followed by American PBA pro, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. in third with 245 and Keith Saw of Singapore in fourth with 244.

Troup fired a scintilating 279 in the second game to take over the running as Lalisang managed only 208 to slip into second. Twice high-series winner, Ghanim Aboujassoum of Qatar added 242 to his 235 first game to move into third.

The American two-hander rolled 222 in the third game but the Indonesian bounced back with 248 to continue to trail in second but managed to reduce the gap from 42 to 16 pins. Aboujassoum remained in the third while Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong picked up his pace to take over fourth spot.

Step 2 finals top 6 advancing into the next step

Lalisang shot 245 in the fourth game to regain the lead as the American managed only 201 to slip down to second. Saw fired a superb 258 to take over third ahead of the Qatari in fourth. Despite ending the finals with 202 and 193, Lalisang held on to the lead to advance to Step 5 as topseed with 1370. Wu rolled a big game of 277 in the fifth and 211 in the sixth to finish second with 1359 to advance to Step 4.

Saw ended with 222 and 237 to take up third to advance to Step 3 finals as third-seed with 1358. Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore stormed home with 219 and 250 to snatch fourth spot with 1344 while Mak and Aboujassoum clinched fifth and sixth positions with 1316 and 1310 respectively.

Troup missed the cut by just a single pin after he managed only 191 and 171 in his last two games to end up in seventh with 1309. A third Singaporean and Squad D high series winner, Timothy Tham, who was fifth before the final game, stumbled to a disasterous 180 to drop out.

Step 3 qualifiers positioned 3 to 6 will bowl two-games in Step 3 finals and the finalist with a highest pinfalls will advance to Step 4 finals to face second-seed, Wu. Winner of Step 4 finals to meet the topseed, Lalisang in Step 5 finals for the title.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.

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