VISTA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
champs Jimmy Hefley & Eric Demo
Jimmy Hefley and Eric Demo captured exciting wins in JBT Southern California Conference action at Vista Entertainment Center.
Kyle King, looking for title #40 of his JBT career, opened up the scratch division stepladder finals with a 186-130 win over first-time finalist Harold Hill Jr. King then got by 15-time champ Cameron Smith 230-214. The semifinal match against 7-time champ Devin Bidwell was a classic. The two Junior Team USA members both put up the first seven strikes, but it was King who ended up coming away with the 277-257 win to advance to the title match.
Top seed Jimmy Hefley continues his great relationship with Vista, having won his first JBT title here two years ago, and dominating this event to grab the top seed. Things looked bleak for him through seven frames of the title match, though, as he trailed by over 30 pins. Hefley showed true grit by striking out from there, though, including all three in the 10th on a tricky left lane, to force Kyle to go strike-spare to tie and double to win. King was unable to get the first hit, and Hefley celebrated the dramatic 217-203 win, and his 4th career JBT title.
Jacob Camacho opened up the handicap division stepladder finals with a huge game, defeating Kirk Chui 282-231. Jake Francisco, part of the always successful Admiral Robinson crowd, then edged Camacho 210-204. Points leader Wesley Low then defeated Francisco 225-220 in a thriller to reach yet another title match (and making it 3 out of 4 two-handers in the two title matches!).
Top seed Eric Demo had taken some time off from JBT to work on his game, and the effort paid off magnificently here, as he roared to the top seed. He showed no fear of the unstoppable express train that Wesley's been lately, and bowled a great game for a 243-219 win and his very long awaited first career JBT title.
Thanks to the great crew at Vista, which has made some great improvements, for hosting our Tour. Over $1,700 in scholarships were awarded to bowlers of all averages. Want in on the fun? Check out our schedule and come on out to the next JBT event, it's as simple as that!
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