The Hawaii Baptist boys bowling team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday at Hickam Lanes, but only after it had already asserted its dominance.
The Golden Eagles beat fellow unbeaten Damien 2-1 to take the top spot in the league. HBA is now 17-1 with 16,281 pins knocked down, while Damien is 16-2 with 14,672 pins.
Damien anchor Terran Casey had Hawaii Baptist reeling from the first roll, scoring a 264 while only HBA’s Bailey Lee rolled above 200 with a 208. Casey’s 264 was the highest of the day and his 623 series ruled as well.
The Golden Eagles’ depth won out, though, with Lane Hosaka scoring a 193, Owen Saito adding a 192, Logan Takeda chipping in a 187 and Nicholas Siu-Li plugging in a 158.
Alika Vendiola rolled a 175 in that first game, but no other Damien bowler scored above 160.
After getting a win even with Casey rolling the game of his life, the Golden Eagles took the second game to clinch the series when Takeda tallied a 217, and Saito was right behind him with a 203. Vendiola led Damien with a 207 but Casey’s roller-coaster ride bottomed out with a 150.
Takeda led HBA with a 193 in its shot at a sweep, but Damien was just too good for the defending champions. Casey led the way with a 209, followed by Vendiola with a 208 and Wilvin Suniga with a 178.
Other winners on Monday night were University, Saint Louis, Hanalani, Kamehameha and Maryknoll.
Vendiola still holds the highest average in the league with a 198.27, but HBA’s Takeda (194.71), Lee (191.20) and Hosaka (186.06) are right behind him.